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In Australia, A Contemporary Nest For Homebodies

by Garrett Fleming

When you’re a homebody, your home base holds the utmost importance. That being said, any tweaks made to it can’t be rushed, and you certainly can’t hurry along its design. Feeling the space out and settling into it is the only way you can be sure all your precious time spent within its walls will leave you feeling wrapped in coziness and comfort.

Fiber artist/essential oil expert  and her husband Ali are two self-professed homebodies who greatly value this comfort and coziness. With unique, curving walls, a sleek kitchen and a child-friendly layout, their modern home in Melbourne, Australia sure is proof of that. To make sure these two themes ring supreme, they’ve curated the space over time, rather than immediately decorating it. The strategy — a brainchild of Ali — means everything in the home perfectly fits the family’s needs and wants. By thinking through each new piece they add, the house has organically become more of a reflection of their lives and a snuggly spot perfect for two homebodies and their two little ones. Click through to check it out. Enjoy! —

Photography by Courtney Kirby &

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Ali and Courtney -- self-professed homebodies -- and their children outgrew their previous home six months into Courtney's second pregnancy. Just when they'd begun to give up hope on finding a new home that suited all of their needs, this gem popped up. "When something's right for you, it just happens," Courtney says.
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The pair agreed to add pieces to their new home over time, believing that a steadier pace would ensure they made the right decor choices. They did, however, splurge on a new bed upon moving in. The artwork above it is by , and the cushions are from .
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Courtney is an avid reader, so a stack of magazines and other reading materials always have a place on her bedside table. A lamp from Australia's lets her devour her reads into the wee hours of the night. The bedding is a combination of pieces from and .
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The walls and ceilings of the Melbourne home bend and curve in quite a unique way as seen here in the dining room.
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The nook's shelves hold family photos and Courtney's collection of essential oils.
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The pair's one-of-a-kind dining table was carved out of old boats. It's spruced up by a sole vase from .
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Yes, Courtney hangs the family's laundry to dry right here next to a print by Matthew Thomas and a map of her favorite city (NYC). What a stylish way to clean.
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By the end of each day, the floor of the kids' playroom is covered in Legos and such, but Courtney doesn't mind. She happily lets her children run wild in what she calls a "... fun, no-rules kinda room." The chair is vintage, and a pillow from adorns it.
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From the start, the pair knew they wanted the playroom to be mess-friendly, colorful and bright. The wall's artwork not only lets Courtney add that colorful splash, but it allows her to indulge her quirky side as well.
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The smallest bedroom in the house -- Safi's space -- is decorated in fruit-themed prints from (an homage to when Courtney and Ali owned a fruit store). Another piece that highlights the family's history is the wall hanging to the right. It's one of Courtney's first creations.
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Courtney and Ali aren't a fan of open storage, so the kitchen's abundance of cabinetry was a major selling point. It keeps the space neat for the organized duo.
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This couple likes good food, good movies and good tea. That being said, their Marc Newson for Sunbeam kettle is always hot.
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The modern home is only three years old and boasts 3,500 square feet.

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Comments

  • What a terrific home! We’ve been settling into our space and feeling it out too, which I think produces better/more cohesive design choices. I always regret rushing…which is what I did initially, and then I ended up selling pieces on Craigslist because they really didn’t work. Anyway, as a mother of two little boys, the “fun, no-rules…” bit resonated with me a lot. I don’t know many children (or even) adults who want to live in a museum. Let them roam free! It looks like they’ve got the perfect spot. Well done! (Where are those bookshelves from? The ones used to create all the storage in the play area? Thanks!)

  • What a curated home! Would love to know where to find the Matthew Thomas ‘Love’ poster and the basket with pink tassels!!?

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