Name: Chloe Gard and Joel Dwine
Location: Brisbane, Australia
Size: A cottage and backyard studio
Years Lived In: Renting for 1.5 years
Chloe and Joel's home looks like a simple old timber cottage just on the Southside of Brisbane city. But if you take a look inside, you will find a quirky and nontraditional extension done by an architect, complete with a built-in attic-bedroom, corrugated iron walls and old French doors as windows. There is even a sweet little station house in the backyard, used as Chloe's ceramic studio.
This home is simply decorated, and is decorated with personal pieces to create a wonderful story and vintage aesthetic. A steep staircase to the attic bedroom, claw foot bathtub and original gas oven leave a lasting impression. And special finds from Chloe and Joel's travels like the rug hanging above the sofa, art by Chloe and the TV cabinet that Joel put together make this a special and unique home.
Get the look! → Mid-Century Style With Heaps of DIY & Handmade Goodness
Apartment Therapy Survey:
My Style: I am a big supporter of the craft revival movement, so I love handmade objects that have a special presence. My focus is on colour and that handmade quality whether it is through objects, textiles or art. My partner Joel is a big fan of all things mid-century modern, so I think the house is a combination of both our interests.
Inspiration: Makers from all over the world. Travel is a big one for us, after we come home we are always adding something visually new to the house, whether it is something that was purchased on the trip or something inspired by it.
Favorite Element: We love the abundance of plants. They are very important to us. Personally my favourite piece in the house is the Mapuche rug hanging above the sofa that we purchased in Chile.
Biggest Challenge: Money. I stopped work at the end of last year due to illness and Joel has been supporting the both of us. I'm in the process of launching my ceramics business from home so hopefully that will change things a little. It's also been kind of a blessing though because the struggle with money has forced us to be very resourceful. A lot of the things we own come from Gumtree or were collected on the side of the road. We are constantly on the hunt for a bargain or a throw away, and you never know what's going to come up, which makes it very exciting.
What Friends Say: Our friends love the spacious vibes, and the cats.
Proudest DIY: Joel's TV Cabinet. He loves woodworking and this is the first piece he ever completed. He sourced some pretty cheap timber but put it together impeccably using no screws or nails. I love it.
Biggest Indulgence: For me it's rugs. For Joel it's probably his LIFX lightbulbs. He purchased them on a whim a couple of years ago and now we couldn't imagine living without them!
Best Advice: It's important to have an open mind when you're on the lookout for a bargain, you never know what you'll find. Also get plants, lots of them.
Dream Sources: Modern Times, Mr Kitly, BFGF, Flea markets and Antique markets. Also having free reign in any major modern art gallery would be nice.