House Tour: Camilla’s Victorian Townhouse

House Tour: Camilla’s Victorian Townhouse

Jenny Butler
Sep 5, 2008

Name: Camilla Molders & Adam Meehan
Location: South Melbourne, Australia
Size: 100 square meters [1,000 square feet]
Years lived in: 3 years, Rent

Located in outer Melbourne in a rented Victoria Townhouse, Camilla & Adam have created a interesting and inviting home. With art covered walls and clusters of objects their home feels very personal and given that they are renting and are unable to make structural changes its a great achievement for it to feel so 'them'. Camilla runs her own business from home, Camilla Molders Design, as well as her newly established blog which has become one of our favourite daily reads. There were lots of highlights during our afternoon of touring at Camilla's but a personal highlight was seeing the old Melbourne tram shutters hung in the backyard.

AT Survey:

My style: Ever evolving eclectic with soul.

Inspiration: No particular inspiration. It evolves and will always do so!

Favorite Element: Literally - Air. Being by the beach, we get a gorgeous sea breeze. It makes everything feel fresh!
I love that I can see outside and light from every room and I love the city glimpse view at night from the window on the stairs!

Biggest Challenge: Being a rental house, we are limited to how much we can change things. I cant paint interior walls, but have ignored the rule about not putting more picture hooks up. Our back garden is love needy, and has an uneven mound of dirt that pretends to be grass. It's a shame, and I'm hesitant to admit…it's a bit of wasted space – I do LOVE my blue walls which I painted out there though and feel so peaceful when I look out to the blue.

What Friends Say: It is an inviting place to be in and always has something new to look at! AND I always have fruit and flowers a plenty!

Biggest Embarrassment: I'm not a lover of the grey carpet or the 70's tiles on the kitchen floor.

Proudest DIY: Radio light box. I saw it a flea market and thought it would be a pretty cool light feature. And extra paintings where had bare walls. I hate a bare wall, so would rather have a canvas with a splash of paint than nothing!

Biggest Indulgence: A recent wooden storage cabinet. I designed it and had it made from recycled timber. My brilliant 'wood man' has stained the cabinet using natural eco methods. It's a piece I will have for ever and it will age gracefully – hopefully like me!!!

Best advice: Surround yourself with the pieces you love. Your home should reflect the personalities of those who live in there. If you just follow fashion trends your space wont feel like you. In the words of Oprahs' design guru- Nate Berkus "You should love coming through your front door" and "Your home should feel collected over time".

Dream source: I wish I had the budget to have some of my own furniture designs!
I'd like a different sofa for each season! In the winter months I want velvet, and linen for Summer. As I cant do that, linen is a good all rounder!!
I would LOVE an outdoor light box by Lump sculpture Studio – or anything by them!


Furniture: A lot is thrift furniture just polished up or with a new paint job. We are just starting to buy some of the pieces that we want for long haul.

Accessories: Camberwell market is a favorite haunt for genie bottles and bits & pieces. I like accessories to be unique and interesting rather than the same as everyone else has.

Trevurr the cat makes the most beautiful 'moving' accessory. He drapes himself over lots of different surfaces (though he also clashes with a few others – silk curtains and claws are not a great mix!)

Paint: My blue garden walls are "Isis' by Taubmans

Flooring: Rugs & Carpets by Design – Gorgeous things!

I love designing rugs and will take them a rough sketch of what I want and they take it from there and make it even more beautiful than I imagined!

Window Treatments: I love a sheer curtain and have put on all the windows.

As we live in a rental house, the window treatments that come with the space are nasty venetians! So I have just hooked up my own fabrics, rather than spend money on something that wont necessarily fit in the next house we live in. I have a gorgeous Zimmer & Rhode silk sheer that makes me so happy to look at! I have had these for about 8 years and it is still love! Some of the pieces are starting to look a bit tatty, which makes me so sad!

Beds: 70's bed head courtesy of Adams' nana!
I love the shelf it gives us and the convenient reading light, but HATE everything else about it! –the vinyl padding is just too nasty! – One day I will get around to changing or fixing it up!

Artwork: We source from everywhere! We have been lucky to get some great bargains from student auctions as well as interesting pieces at galleries.

Our giant painting by the dining table is called "the gods contemplating the fate of the universe" We have had this for about 7 years and I still find more in it every time I look at it. Our latest piece (over the sofa) is by one of my favorite artists' Daniel Truscott. One day I will commission him to paint me a giant gold fish –I cant wait!

(Thanks Camilla!)

[photos by Jenny]

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