House Tour: Camilla's Armadale Abode

House Tour: Camilla's Armadale Abode

Jenny Butler
Dec 5, 2008

Name: Camilla d'Antoine
Location: Armadale, Melbourne, Australia
Size: 160 square meters (1600 square feet)
Years lived in: 1 year

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Living about 50 meters away from the main street in Armadale we met Camilla and her adorable dog Super Ted. Their home is delightfully fresh with neutral tones as a base, bright sprinklings of colour, a handful of vintage posters and amazingly comfortable couches. Camilla and her sister Olivia are the brains behind Melbourne based homewares company MOZI and have recently opened an online store in the UK. Their products are also sold in Anthropologie. Camilla's home is comfortable, unique and a pleasure to tour.

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AT Survey:

My/Our style: Eclectic, homely, functional

Inspiration: Creating resting places for all my much loved things – from great big vintage advertising prints to my manhattan library.

Favorite Element: Great open plan living room with mammoth couch, great natural light and big dining table for dinner parties.

Biggest Challenge: Trying to keep the colours toned down as I get a little bit excited.

What Friends Say: 'I want to spend all weekend on your couch.'

Biggest Embarrassment in my home:Our third bedroom, it is now called 'the shed', must I say more…

Proudest DIY: I have many but favourite is my restored standing floor lamp which I picked up at the local flea market for $50.00. I painted it high-gloss black, picked a fat stripey yellow and grey fabric for the shade from my favourite fabric shop and had a man make me a shade for $30.00. I swear I could sell it for a few hundred. It looks great.

Biggest Indulgence: My eighteenth century French provincial dining table. It was a wedding present and is truly amazing.

Best Advice given or received: My mum always says 'don't be afraid to throw things out' I have become an expert at getting rid of things I no longer like. I like to keep the house as uncluttered as possible but the problem is I collect so many things so it's all a big cycle… Someones trash is another mans treasure.

Dream Source for Stuff: Liberty of London, Clignancourt Antique Market Paris, my favourite Mexican homewares shop in Melbourne called Market Import and Bric- a-Brac stores. A pretty broad mix!

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Resources:

Furniture: Couch from LOUNGE – covered in Mokum fabric called 'Ficus – Linen'

Old wooden trunk from market

18th Century French provincial dining table

French Provincial sideboard

6 odd coloured bentwood dining chairs

Mirror by Melbourne designer Juliet Horsley

Striped deck chairs and foot stool from Ici Et La, Sydney

Old singer sewing machine table with white wood top

Manhattan library from Town and Country Style

Accessories: Springbok rug, South Africa

Mexican ceramic hand- painted candlesticks from Market Import

Elephant book ends made from ebony from Armadale Antique Center

Old Edison record tubes from Camberwell market

David Bromley plates

Ceramic platters from Fratelli Taccini in Tuscany mounted on wall

Giant metal letter 'T' from old Herald & Weekly Times signage in Melbourne

Lighting: Cocky Lamp with stripe shade in living room

Standing floor lamp with stripe shade living room

Metal bedside table lamps in master bedroom from Emac & Lawton

Horse Lamp in 2nd bedroom

Ikea $8 plastic lights for bedside in spare room – good little bargain

Halogen down lights in hall, kitchen and living room

Interior: White matt walls throughout – Dulux

Exterior - Red high gloss front door

White weathershield exterior - Dulux

Rugs and Carpets:Springbok skin from South Africa

Sissal rug in living room

Persian rug bedroom

Beds: Comfy queen sized beds from Sealy

Artwork: Marimekko print 2.2m x 1.8m Deca in Brisbane

Old Spanish festival advertising poster from Vintage Posters Only

Toni Cola vintage poster 2m x 1.8m from Vintage Posters Only

Antique fish lithograph from Clignancourt Antique Market, Paris

Antique bird lithographs from Clignancourt Antique Market, Paris

Jack fruits oil painting from Bali

Stretched India rice bag on canvas from Karur, India about 20c on side of road

Old Australian wheat bag box framed from Vintage Posters Only

Music sheet covers from 1920's from Clignancourt Antique Market, Paris

(Thanks Camilla & Super Ted!)

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Photos by Jenny Butler

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