Nestled amongst trees in a quiet cul de sac in Melbourne’s Caulfield North, this 1930s home is a stylish and sophisticated family abode.
Who lives here? Interior consultant Rebecca Shnider, husband Braham and three kids, Romy, Blake and Berry.
How the serial renovators extended their character home for modern family living.
Rebecca and Braham purchased the home in 2012. “We fell in love with the original art deco features like the cornices and ceiling detailing, as well as the front entry with its 1930s brown and black brickwork and iron gate,” says Rebecca. “The entrance still even has the original fly wire and old fashioned key. I love that it is so full of character and charm.”
Although the home was in good condition, the family needed more space and, with plenty of renovating experience and a passion for interior design, they embarked on a six week renovation. This involved extending the home and a new kitchen, designed by Rebecca herself.
The couple added on a teenagers retreat, study area and laundry to accommodate their older twins. “We added in some cabinetry throughout the house and painted the house white as it was quite dark. More recently we added in a new kitchen and two skylights as the kitchen is south facing and needed a boost of natural light throughout the day.”
Best lessons learned from the renovation:
“Have all your finishes selected and make sure of their availability before you’re ready to start. My kitchen tiles were the last batch available and have since been discontinued in that particular colour and size.”
Rebecca’s best tips for renovating your home:
- Live in the house first to get a feel for it.
- Do as much as you can to add in natural light
- Don’t be afraid to add colour and texture.
- Do your research thoroughly before starting any work as to minimise variations and costly mistakes.
Rebecca’s flair for interior design is evident all throughout her home. It’s a passion that has now extended further than her own home, with Rebecca starting her own interior consultant business that has developed organically through word of mouth.
“I wouldn’t categorise myself with a particular style, but I love starting with white walls then adding warmth, colour and texture through furnishings and artwork to create a cosy feel.”
The art lover says she is always on the lookout for emerging Australian artists to add to her collection. She’s also contemplating a new couch for her study and in the process of designing a plunge pool for our back yard.
Best decorating tip:
“Only display pieces that you love and that evoke a pleasant memory. Display photos of family and friends in frames (not on the wall) and always have an abundance of fresh flowers in the house.”
What’s your favourite thing about living here?
“Probably our favourite thing is being in a smaller house now, while it still has everything we need. And that fact that it's so quiet on our street and the kids are playing out the front with the neighbours every night. Even all our dogs are out there playing together.”