Jess’ Colorful Melbourne Townhouse

published Mar 8, 2015
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Name: Jess Viscarde, partner and Peg the rescue cat.
Location: North Fitzroy, Melbourne, Australia
Size: Two bedroom, two story townhouse (square feet unknown)
Years lived in: 18 months, rented

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An interior stylist by trade, Jess also started and curates the popular #pocketofmyhome hashtag on Instagram. A sucker for a great vignette, she loves nothing more than changing up her living space to reflect her interests and aesthetic. Her ability to transform a plain rental into a vibrant home is obvious when you see how she uses color, light, patterns and her green thumb to give the space personality.

(Image credit: Sophie Timothy)

Jess, her partner and Peg the cat have lived in this two-story, light-filled town house for 18 months. Long enough to get frustrated with the paint-chipped walls and rental carpet, but Jess hasn’t let that squish her ambitions for the space. Nearly every wall has a feature, from woven hangings to artwork, photos and wooden crosses, everywhere you look there is something to feast your eyes on.

Her Danish heritage is also clear, with reminders around the house, while a recent trip to the States has meant a few Texan treasures have crept into her collection of largely locally made decor.

A keen gardener, Jess has poured time and love into their verdant courtyard, which is just big enough for Peg the cat to explore without getting lost or running away. Full of succulents and shade-loving plants, it’s an oasis in the city.

(Image credit: Sophie Timothy)

Apartment Therapy Survey:

My Style: Eclectic/ Industrial/Vintage

Inspiration: Travel and years spent living abroad during childhood, colour and thrifted vintage finds.

Favorite Element: I love the lounge room and the open plan design with the kitchen and dining area.

Biggest Challenge: The fact that we are renting and any permanent changes can’t be made such as painting, updating kitchen doors etc.

What Friends Say: Love the layout and all the natural light and the personality that comes through.

Biggest Embarrassment: The state of the walls – chips, dents, peeling paint – but hey I’m renting and I didn’t do that!

Proudest DIY: I’m not a huge DIY’er – I love the concept and idea, perhaps it would be different if I owned a house, but at this stage my biggest DIY project has been spraypainting old furniture or painting terracotta pot plants!

Biggest Indulgence: Our dining table. We chose an industrial style timber top design that could last us many years and would fit with our eclectic interior style. We love it!

Best Advice: Your home should tell your story and be filled with the things you love – your home should reflect your personality and lifestyle. Don’t buy too much into trends, instead choose things you adore and cannot live without – this allows you to have your own individual interior style, and one like no other.

(Image credit: Sophie Timothy)

Resources of Note:


  • Vintage suitcase from Gumtree [Australia’s Craigslist]
  • Texas Star picked up from my travels in the States
  • Cowboy boots from Texas

  • Metro lamp black with marble base – Freedom Australia
  • Polar Bears, passed down from my Danish grandparents – Royal Copenhagen
  • Print – Lane By Post UK
  • Woven wall hanging – Warped Threads
  • His Majestys Gramophone – Chapel St Vintage Bazaar


  • Table and chairs – Freedom Australia
  • Woolen Subi Floor Rug – The Rug Collection
  • Industrial vintage bench – Used Pty – Fitzroy Vic
  • Print – Lane By Post UK

  • Vintage cannisters – Gumtree [Australia’s Craiglist]
  • Woven wall hanging – Chief and Kewpie
  • Wall hangings – Cross and Kiss – Gypsy Crossing
  • Polka Dot Kantha throw – I love Linen
  • Palm and banana print cushions – Squarefox Designs
  • Framed green/purple Artwork – United Artworks

  • Adriana Quilt cover in Blue – Freedom Australia
  • Neisha cushion in yellow polka dot – Freedom Australia
  • ‘Dannebrog’ Danish Flag

    • Home/studio with peg board inspiration board
    • Vintage green lamp from thrift store
    • Sheepskin from Queen Victoria markets, Melbourne
    (Image credit: Sophie Timothy)

    Thanks, Jess!

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    Re-edited from a tour originally published March 2015 —AB