Name: Emma and Matt
Location: Silkstone, Ipswich, Queensland, Australia
Size: 1012sqm Block
Years lived in: Owned for two years
I first came across Emma on Instagram, sharing a mutual appreciation for old architecture in South-East Queensland. So it isn't a surprise that Emma and her partner Matt bought a home in Ipswich, where traditional "Queenslander" homes are more affordable than in the state's capital (and the couple's home town), Brisbane, under an hours drive away.
Emma and Matt's home is a fantastic look at a traditional home that has been treated with respect through tasteful renovations and alterations, while bringing it into the modern world with a brightly coloured interior and modern comforts.
Get the look! → A Warm & Charming Australian Home
Apartment Therapy Survey:
My Style: Sometimes mid-century, sometimes antiques, sometimes bohemian
Inspiration: Mostly from other beautiful homes. I get overexcited when I see a particularly beautiful (or very derelict) old Queenslander. My partner just rolls his eyes!
Favorite Element: This is hard to pinpoint, the character elements of our home are the ones I love—the 6" hoop pine floorboards, the bullnose veranda, the breezeways, the sash windows…I could go on.
Biggest Challenge: At the moment it's our front yard! We're redoing it entirely—new retaining wall, the works!
What Friends Say: I think they love the character; you really can't go past the instant warmth and charm a Queenslander home has.
Biggest Embarrassment: Well if it's what I try to hide from guests—it'd be the fact that we still have lino floors in our living room.
If it's something we've done—it'd be the fact that one time when purchasing paint we just said "Antique White" and forgot the USA…got the 15L tin home and it was a beige-cream colour!!
Proudest DIY: This is hard to pinpoint! We repainted the entire inside before we moved in, and have almost finished the outside. We redid the kitchen—kept the existing cabinetry but redid the sink, stove, shelves, tiling and the tops with the help of a carpenter friend!
Biggest Indulgence: Definitely our sofa, which we bought from Freedom before we even had our home loan approved! Fell in love with it from a picture and bought it almost immediately.
Best Advice: It takes time and patience. I always want everything to look perfect straight away, but you have to chip away at rooms, acquiring pieces here and there.
Dream Sources: Sibella Court for her decorating style, and Kara Rosenlund—she has an eye for real Australian beauty, homes and otherwise.