TEA WITH VANESSA

As the temperature drops, it’s time to pop on the kettle and start brewing. The cool crisp days of Autumn have well and truly arrived as I make my way on a sunny Saturday to have tea with Vanessa. Greeted by a nice warm cup of crèmé brûlee tea, I’m delighted to be photographing her place.

In her beautifully eclectic home, Italian and Spanish flavours meet a Scandinavian aesthetic with a Parisian sensibility. Together with husband Kerem, Vanessa has given their classic 2-bedroom Victorian a modern makeover to create a welcoming space filled with covetable furnishings, artwork, and plenty of personality.

With high ceilings, generous rooms and a bright sunny courtyard, the couple were drawn to the location in Melbourne’s inner north. Only moments from the CBD and just a stroll away from leafy parks, prime eat streets, and fabulous retail, their home is a peaceful haven offering the best of both worlds.

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A cool palette of polished concrete, marble, and white glossy kitchen surfaces are warmed with touches of wood and colour – Mud ceramic cups, Jardan bowl, and Bentwood stools from Thonet.

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The entrance hall doubles as an office nook, thanks to a mid-century desk from Modern History. Greeting guests with good fortune, a porcelain hand sits alongside beautiful objects from Space (lamp) and Country Road (pen holder).

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Making a brilliant statement on the dining room wall, neon signage designed by Vanessa and custom made by Lettragraphic welcomes visitors.

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Throughout their home, the couple have painted all walls in Dulux Antique White USA, creating the ideal canvas for a collection of artwork and bespoke furnishings. Surrounded by classic Thonet chairs, the custom made Christian Cole dining table is derservingly showcased.

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Suspended high above Vanessa’s dining table, hanging baskets from Lunar Store fill the airy space.

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Fornasetti wall plates add a touch of Italian surrealism, while the morning Autumn light creates the perfect backdrop for a vignette of glassware.

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In true gallery style, textured white walls hero the Megan Weston artwork from Fenton and Fenton. Revamped in bright orange, original mid-century chairs from Grandfathers Axe add an extra pop of colour.

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With a love of fashion and art, Vanessa’s enviable collection of design and photography books are artfully displayed on her Mark Tuckey coffee table. Adding a richness and warmth to the living area, a luxe rug from Great Dane defines the space.

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Who wouldn’t want to laze on this oh-so-comfy sofa? Function and form collide with voluminous curves and clean lines from Poliform, perfectly accented with woven cushions from Great Dane.

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Collectible and quintessentially Karl. Spotted on a trip to Bali, Vanessa just had to have this cute doll of her fashion idol Karl Lagerfeld.

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Parisian accents and a touch of Scandinavian glam create a dream bedroom. The tufted ottoman and bedhead from Heatherly Designs are perfectly matched with softly textured Sheridan bedlinen. A reindeer skin rug from Great Dane adds a decadent finishing touch.

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Vintage prints found in a Parisian market sit behind the modernist curves of a Georg Jensen vase.

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Vanessa and Kerem completely redesigned their courtyard with amazing results. Using a blend of concrete, timber, and stone paving with Japanese maples and lush greenery, they’ve created a modern tranquil retreat. Custom made by Slabsbydesign, the outdoor concrete table is complemented with chairs from Blue Dot.

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Thanks guys for welcoming me into Casa Vanessa & Kerem – I had a wonderful morning !

Read my Cuppa Convo with Vanessa.