Modern Living Space with 10makers Furniture
A Holiday-House Feel of the Property
A Federation home is loved for its ramshackle and child-friendly appeal.
Often it’s a small, charming feature in a house for sale that proves the selling point for prospective buyers. For Tim Leveson and Libby Knott it was the stable doors, which lead from the laundry to the garden in this Federation home in Sydney’s Inner West, that helped sealed the deal last year. “These doors were one of the things we fell in love with – you just don’t see them very often in city homes,” Tim says.
The couple – and their young family, toddler Sunday and baby Harper on the way – were also attracted to the holiday-house feel of the property. Tim attributes this atmosphere to the use of wood throughout the home. “It was built in 1917 by a local boat builder using local timbers,” he explains. “It’s a bit like an old fishing shack – in fact, it feels like it should have a jetty out the front, not a footpath!”
Fresh the three bedroom house up
The three-bedroom house had a definite charm, but still required a lot of work before the family could move in. “It was in a pretty bad state,” Tim says. “There were no gutters, so a new roof and gutters were imperative.” It was also necessary to freshen it up with a comprehensive paint job. The interior was painted in Dulux half-strength Baker’s White, and the exterior in Woodland Grey, with trims in Surfmist.
Built-ins were installed in two bedrooms, and the raw pine floorboards throughout the house were scrubbed with steel wool and methylated spirits. “We haven’t varnished or painted them so they have the most gorgeous aged look and feel,” Tim explains. “They’re soft underfoot and require little attention [see page 99].”
Kitchen and Bathroom
The kitchen, bathroom and laundry were tweaked around the edges, with plans to renovate these down the track. “For the moment we really do enjoy the house’s ramshackle and child-friendly appeal,” Tim says. “We’re not too precious about it – we constantly have neighbourhood kids running around so it’s perfect as it is.”
Tim, an interior designer and furniture maker designed by 10makers, and Libby, an art consultant, dealer and curator, have brought their professional touch and artistic aesthetic to the decorating – the interior is a glorious mix of warm colours, textures, and modern and bespoke pieces. “We like clean lines in the furnishings, yet we also surround ourselves with interesting, warm and comfortable items like recliner chair,” Tim says. The couple love vintage pieces, but are choosy. “The vintage look can be overdone so we try not to go overboard, and try to mix things up with newer items,” Tim explains. Many of their pieces are family heirlooms, as well as market, holiday mementoes and second-hand finds. “We really pride ourselves on making interiors work without spending too much money – importance is placed on found and reused items,” Tim reveals.
But the couple have splurged on artworks, which feature throughout the home. Each piece tells a story, with two paintings marking the birth of their children, and others, gifts from artists. “For us, artwork is very important in any home,” Tim says. In this welcoming, creative family space, home is definitely where the heart – and the art – is.