House Tour: Camilla’s Armadale Abode
Name: Camilla d’Antoine
Location: Armadale, Melbourne, Australia
Size: 160 square meters (1600 square feet)
Years lived in: 1 year
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.
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!
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!)