Name: Caz and Denis Leadbeater and their daughter, Cherry
Location: Brunswick; Victoria, Australia
Size: 200 square meters (2,153 square feet)
Years lived in: 4 years; Owned
Denis and Caz recently sold this home, after spending four years renovating the Victorian double-fronted weatherboard house in Melbourne's inner-city suburb of Brunswick. The home is spacious, with its open-plan living, dining and kitchen area in the back and three bedrooms at the front.
Denis is the creator/owner/designer of FLUX, a Melbourne-based menswear label that's been making small-run denim jeans and tees for Australian guys for over 15 years. FLUX products are stocked at over 50 boutiques across the country and have started being exported to Tokyo, USA, Singapore, and Europe. The brand also recently opened its first flagship store on Smith Street in Collingwood. So it really is no surprise that his home is a reflection of his store's vibe, with vintage/industrial decor and walls filled with artwork and photography—often created by Denis. Caz, Cherry and Denis also have a shared love of indoor plants, which are found throughout their modern home.
Apartment Therapy Survey:
Our Style: Junk market meets modern.
Inspiration: We love secondhand and vintage stores. Camberwell market. Junk company, Chapel Street Bazaar, Lost & Found. Denis loves hard rubbish finds. Also indoor plants seem to be a theme with us.
Favorite Element: Our wall of art in the lounge room is our favorite element.
Biggest Challenge: Low ceilings in the kitchen are a problem. You can only really have down lights. They are awful.
What Friends Say: “You guys should decorate for a living.” But it does take a lot of time and energy.
Proudest DIY: The garden was bad when we moved in and we have transformed it. We aren't really DIY folk, we did some painting and hanging pictures. Is that DIY? Not really.
Biggest Indulgence: English tapware in the kitchen. Stupid money at the time but worth it. Also collecting art.
Best Advice: Mix old with new. Stay away from cheap stuff. Vintage pieces have more soul than new things.
Dream Sources: Flea Markets around the world—only problem is getting things home. Locally The Junk Company, Chapel Street Bazaar, and Sunday trips to Camberwell Market.
PAINT & COLORS
- Master bedroom: Dulux Dieskau Grey
- Spare bedroom (above): Dulux Dieskau Grey
- Other: Dulux Chalk USA
- Old cast iron bed: eBay
- Retro desk and chair: eBay
- Tram scroll: vintage
- Signage: vintage
- Poster: Shinzi Katoh
- Vintage prints and artwork: collected from secondhand markets
- Photographs: Denis Leadbeater
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Thanks, Denis & Caz!
(Image credits: Natalie Jeffcott)