Earlier this year I got asked to join the Love it or List it Australia team with Neale Whitaker and Howse Constructions to design three homes for the Melbourne episodes. I couldn’t have been more happy with this new and exciting opportunity. I have been a big fan of the show in the other countries and couldn’t wait to be a big part of this production.
Season one has now finished airing and as I gear up for round two for team love it, I thought you might like to see the highlights from the three homes I designed and styled alongside Neale Whitaker. If you haven’t got Foxtel and have no idea what I am talking about then head over to the Lifestyle website or Facebook Page where you will find more information about the show and the supplier details for each episode.
Love it or list it – Coburg North, Episode 5
This house was a classic clutter den that needed so much love. With a budget of $120,000 team love it created a brand new kitchen with skylights, a walk in pantry, a third bedroom, new flooring, robes and windows.
The main challenge of this house was the floorpan arrangement. To create a more open plan we knocked down a wall dividing the kitchen and dining, removed the weird tunnel to create storage for two bedrooms and the kitchen fridge, and added natural light with skylights to the kitchen. The transformation was a colourful delight that put a bit of the Queensland sunshine into Nat’s and Mat’s Coburg home.
Love it or list it – Park Orchards, Episode 5
Mel, Macca and their nine children needed our help to create a more functional space for this large family. This was my most challenging of the projects as it required a lot of work at the drawing board to create a very practical and open plan layout that ticked all the boxes for 11 people.
The family ate meals squashed on an eight seater dining table and there weren’t enough bedrooms for everyone. So our job was to give them an open plan kitchen with a butlers pantry, large dining space they could all walk round easily and accomodate twelve. A big open lounge space with a sofa that could fit them all on for movie nights and two extra bedrooms for the kids. The reveal was amazing!
Love it or list it – Donvale, Episode 9
The 70s-era split level home had a maze of rooms with narrow corridors and low ceilings. Anita and Cameron have 3 children and needed us to create more liveable zones that were fresh and modern and functional.
With the couple’s budget of $80,000, we created an open plan kitchen, two living areas, a new laundry, a study nook, and some new built-in wardrobes. Anita and Cameron loved their new home and are there to stay!
I would like to say a really big thanks to all the people involved who helped me along the way. A big shout out goes to the build team and all the amazing suppliers who lobbied together to help me achieve the vision for these homes. Season 2 is in full swing so stay tuned for more!