One of my friends is house-sitting for her brother who owns the most delicious piece of Brisbane modernist architecture hidden in the suburbs. She invited us over for morning tea one day while she was looking after this special home. The home is truly a gem gleaming brightly in its leafy surrounds.
I loved the use of natural elements in this home - timber on the ceilings, walls and floors, rock fire place and glass to enable views of the bush from every room. The home exudes a real sense of warmth which can be sometimes lacking in homes of this size. It really is a beautiful family home.
|Dining room with original copper light fitting. The glass walls slide open on to the beautiful outdoor entertaining area with view to the bush|
Built circa 1960s, the home was designed by well known Brisbane architect Robin Spencer as his family home and it sits sympathetically on the border of a forest conservation park. Floor to ceiling glass walls in the simple yet expansive structure is the most striking feature of the home - the glass curtain walls invite the outdoors in and makes the most of the quiet (except for the warring scrub turkeys) bushland setting.
|A corner of the enormous living area featuring an iconic Australian Kone chair|
The amount of floor space is enviable - claustrophobia would never be a problem in this spacious home. A few of us were in awe of the amount of space, mentally calculating how we would furnish the home with our own full-to-the-brim furniture collections. The owner collects contemporary Australian art which is peppered throughout the well-curated house
|Looking from the kitchen into the spectacular lounge area with its rock wall fire place.|
|Breakfast nook which looks out on to the front entry deck|
I also loved how the home has remained relatively untouched and that there is great respect for the original design. The owners have done substantial work to the exterior entertaining area - new decks, paving, fire pit and swimming pool - all of which blends nicely with the era of the home.
|Family TV room|
|Original tiling and tap ware in the ensuite.|
My photographs have really not done any justice to this wonderful home...but hopefully it gives you a taste of how amazing mid-century homes can be in the right hands.