This Modern Melbourne Home Has the Dreamiest Purple Sectional and Sunken Living Room

published Mar 28, 2023

This Modern Melbourne Home Has the Dreamiest Purple Sectional and Sunken Living Room

published Mar 28, 2023
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Name: Carrissa Leary, two children, and two Shar Pei dogs named ZeeZee and Phoenix.
Location: Templestowe — Melbourne, Australia
Type of Home: Large family home 
Years lived in: 2 years, renting

“My passion for mid-century furniture began almost 15 years ago,” begins Carrissa Leary. “And what started as a hobby quickly grew into owning and running my own successful mid-century furniture business called Hendrix and Willow.”

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Carrissa’s passion for fantastic vintage furniture and accessories isn’t limited just to her Instagram business, though. The large home in Melbourne’s Templestowe area that she rents and shares with her two children and their two dogs is a canvas for her fantastic style. “And my passion for collecting mid-century furniture and homewares is quite literally part of my life as every room in my home showcases some of my fabulous finds.”

Apartment Therapy Survey:

My Style: I would describe my style as quite minimalistic yet eclectic. I take inspiration for the colors and aesthetics of the 1970s. Loads of house plants and lots of fun colors like burnt orange and apple green.

Favorite Element: My favorite element is my formal sunken lounge room with that eye catching Fuchsia Featherston Numero modular lounge. Not to mention my closed-in pool house complete with in-ground heated pool and spa.

Biggest Challenge: The house was originally built in 1980s and still remains practically untouched. From the Murano glass chandeliers to the colored taps in the bathrooms. And that is what I love most about my home; its character and memories are another period in time. And my furnishings simply make it all complete. 

Proudest DIY: There has been no DIY as it’s not my home.

Budget: So much of my furniture is has been found online. I’ve stumbled across it in a country bazaar or simply gifted to me as people know how much I love the ’70s and want to see that piece appreciated for many more years to come and not end up in landfill. 

Finally, what’s your absolute best home secret or decorating advice? I adore flokati rugs; they are my number one go-to when it comes to adding texture and warmth to a room. Also don’t be afraid of color. I like to clash bold colors with textures and patterns. Go with your instinct. It’s your home and if you love walking in the door every day then you’re doing something right. 

Everything should have its own space. Keeping a certain distance between objects draws your eye to each one. And the more attention you want on a particular piece give it more space. That’s my BIG styling tip.  Don’t over crowd amazing things.


  • Vintage finds from online and marketplaces

Thanks Carrissa!

This tour’s responses and photos were edited for length/size and clarity.
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