It’s Impossible to Pick a Favorite Element in This Artist’s Colorful Australian House

published Sep 9, 2020

It’s Impossible to Pick a Favorite Element in This Artist’s Colorful Australian House

published Sep 9, 2020
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Name: Georgie Wilson and family
Location: Rye — Victoria, Australia
Years lived in: 10 years, owned

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Having initially bought this house as a weekend retreat, artist and graphic designer Georgie Wilson and her husband Chris, managing director of Fathom Creative, decided to move permanently down the coast from Melbourne two years later. Along with their two young children and Sookie the bull terrier, they had to undertake a renovation to make the 1960s-era coastal house work for them as a full-time home.

They reconfigured the layout of the upstairs space, opening up the kitchen, living, and dining area to be an airy, modern space. They also added on a home studio for both Georgie and Chris to work from. Absolutely filled with Georgie’s colorful artwork (along with the art of talented friends), it’s a stunning, creative home nestled among the among the trees on the Mornington Peninsula.

Apartment Therapy Survey:

My Style: Eclectic, mid-century

Inspiration: Mid-century and boho vibes

Favorite Element: Ply timber—it adds this lovely golden warmth

Biggest Challenge: Two kids’ and hubby’s clutter in an open plan space!

What Friends Say: Our house is so interesting and colorful.

Biggest Embarrassment: Still don’t have a laundry [room]! The washing machine sits outside under an awning made out of old doors that Chris built for me (but it still works fine until the next reno!)

Proudest DIY: Painting the splashback [backsplash] wall in our kitchen a new color every couple of months! It transforms the space and gives me new energy.

Biggest Indulgence: Buying new rugs—was a game changer in the space!

Best Advice: Wait until you find what you want furniture-wise and in the meantime, distract with indoor plants. Greenery always makes everything look beautiful.

Dream Sources: Leonard Joel Auction House, CCSS Shop, Space, Facebook Marketplace, Greenhouse Interiors, Ebay, Dulux paint 



  • Kitchen — Dulux “Pale Sage”
  • Main bedroom / Cabinetry — Dulux “Pinkum” 



  • White Ceramic Vase — Unknown
  • Antonio Citterio Brown Leather Chairs — From Leonard Joel
  • Bust sculpture on coffee table — Stuart Wilson (geo’s brother)
  • Vintage rug — Love Morroccan Rugs
  • Yellow sofa — Surround Interiors
  • Green stool — Leonard Joel
  • Vases — Vintage
  • Cushions — Love Morroccan Rugs
  • Plant Pots — Zakkia
  • Sideboard — Vintage eBay
  • Coffee Table — Vintage Facebook marketplace
  • Painting above sideboard — Mark Kayler-Thomson
  • Light — Vintage
  • Man statue — Voodoo doll from Cuba
  • Record Player — Rega Planar 1
  • Buddha — Bali
  • Macrame swing — Indonesia
  • Artwork above TV left — Jackie Anderson // Right — Nicolas Girling


  • Kids Yellow shopping trolley — Ollie Ella
  • Small Vintage yellow table — Kartell
  • Vintage Panton kids chairs 
  • Neon Pink heart vase in window — Lovestar
  • Rug — Vintage




  • Eye ceramic pot — Kaz Morton
  • Spanish Pimento vintage canister
  • Vintage tea caddy — Shanghai
  • Pink Balloon Dog — Limited edition Jeff Koons
  • Ceramic figures top shelp — Kevala Ceramics and Fliss Dodd colab
  • Spray can artwork — Slinvt, Indonesia



  • Artwork — Mark Kayler-Thompson
  • Bath / vintage deco — Trading Post 30 years ago
  • Plant Basket — Vintage
  • Muuto Lights
  • Basket — IKEA
  • Fluro topped containers under bench — IKEA


  • Ply skater artwork on low shelf — Georgie Wilson
  • Large Painting on low shelf — Georgie Wilson / Daisy Chain Lyrics 
  • Small square print — Georgie Wilson / Sun Drenched
  • Vintage drink trolley — Green : Luigi Massoni
  • Apple wine cooler — Vintage 
  • Morano Glass ashtray
  • Grandma painting — Georgie Wilson / ‘Portrait of Eileen Barrow’
  • Skate deck — Alvar
  • Lamp — IKEA
  • Ceramic Grenade — Biaugust
  • Magazine Rack — Kartell : CCSS
  • Table : Charles Eames — eBay
  • Grey office Chairs — Charles Eames / Leonard Joel
  • Rug — Armadillo from Coastal Living Sorrento


Thanks Georgie & Family!

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