Nestled among the trees in Brisbane’s inner south, lay a house, unloved and in a state of disrepair. This 1930’s home was attractive to some, but not all; she was ripe and ready for a makeover and a new life.
Luckily, along came Lena and Russ, with buckets full of enthusiasm and TLC, ready to return this once neglected home into a warm and inviting family space for themselves and their combined brood of children, both the two and four-legged variety.
Together, they have begun the transformation of this attractive 1930’s Queenslander and they really are doing a wonderful job!
The Happy Little (1930’s) Queenslander
Entering the home, you are greeted by a light-filled space, utilised by Lena as a study area. Surrounded by windows and looking into the trees, I imagine it would be an inspirational space work and study, of which Lena does plenty towards her building design degree. I myself, would probably be found daydreaming and staring at the palm trees as they sway in the breeze!
From this space, flows the main bedroom, a cosy living area and a smaller study. By opening or closing a few doors here and there, these spaces can be as private or as open as you want and they are versatile, to suit a myriad of functions. As someone who is constantly moving furniture and mixing up my living space, I really love the floor plan of this Queenslander, it’s easily changed to suit you and the way you live your life, at any given time.
Further bedrooms and the bathroom are off to the side of the house, allowing for some privacy, while the kitchen and dining area sits at the back. As part of the old girls renovations, there have been many repairs and gallons of painting. When it came to the kitchen, it was old and dated, but with good bones, so Lena and Russ chose the mammoth task of painting all of the doors and drawers and renewing handles to give it a fresh new look, rather than replacing it completely.
It has come up trumps and is a really good idea for anyone wanting to invest time and not too many dollars into their a kitchen makeover, or help the environment a little by lessening your impact on land fill.
Thanks to her huge interest in design and building, Lena has a great knowledge and understanding of this home which she freely shares on her blog Happy Little Queenslander. And while the house had undergone some modernising over the years before Lena and Russ, there are still many original features to be enjoyed, such as the ornate horse hair plaster ceilings, the picture rails and of course, the beautiful VJ walls and hoop pine floors. It wouldn’t be a Queenslander without these beautiful features!
The Happy Little Queenslander is well on it’s way through her transformation, with grand plans for a new deck and excavating underneath to add more space. This home really is having a new lease on life thanks to its owners who have created an inviting and warm space, furnished with an eclectic mix of heirlooms, antiques and mid-century pieces.