Colorful Australian Art Enlivens This All-Brick ’80s House

updated Mar 21, 2019

Colorful Australian Art Enlivens This All-Brick ’80s House

updated Mar 21, 2019
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Name: Natasha Webb, her husband Anthony, and their two sons
Location: Canterbury — Melbourne, Australia
Size: 4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, 1 study
Years lived in: 3 years, owned

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You cannot help but smile and be happy in the colorful 1980s-era house of Natasha Webb and family. While so many other people would have knocked down and redeveloped this home, Natasha and her husband Anthony have embraced all of the brown brick and other ’80s features.

After purchasing the two-story house via auction three years ago, they celebrated “the win” by investing in an original artwork piece by Antoinette Ferwerda—which hangs near the front door. This was the start of Natasha’s love of collecting Australian art and supporting local artists through her popular Instagram account, The Colour Tribe.

They were initially attracted to the solid condition of the home, with no need to renovate. However, “the darkness of the home was quite paralysing at first. So much brown brick!” But Tash has embraced the brickwork and used it to her advantage by using it as a neutral canvas and filling their home with colorful artwork, decor, and cushions, creating a home that feels very bright and modern.

Split over two levels, it suits the family of four. With two young boys, there is plenty of space for the family to have fun. “And thanks to the exposed brick, this home can’t be wrecked.”

Apartment Therapy Survey:

Our Style: Vintage home meets contemporary decor (eclectic)

Inspiration: Color

Favorite Element: The yellow kitchen

Biggest Challenge: The darkness of the home and combating that

What Friends Say: Love the exposed brick and love the color

Biggest Embarrassment: When kids play rough and hit the walls and the walls hurt them far more than they could hurt the walls. It’s a quick lesson on being careful in this home as it can’t be wrecked… it will wreck you!

Proudest DIY: Building a brekkie [breakfast] nook outside our kitchen window so we can eat and entertain outside whilst having easy access to the kitchen.

Biggest Indulgence: Cushions… the obsession is real!

Best Advice: Before renovating, ask yourself whether you are renovating for practicality or for taste. If the taste of your home doesn’t suit, think about ways to embrace its original beauty rather than thinking you need to knock it down and start again.

Dream Sources: My local artists and home decor brands keep my home looking fun and happy, such as Sage and Clare, Kip & Co.


Cushions — Sage & Clare
Painting — Antoinette Ferwerda
Mini Paintings — Tracey Mock

Cushions and Tassel Throws — Kip & Co
Cushion — Luxe & Beau
Face Vases — Jones & Co
Two-tiered Planter — The Family Love Tree
Painting on Fireplace — Hayley Wills
Cute Tiger Throw — Roxy Marj

Gallery Wall — Various artists

Toaster and Kettle — Morphy Richards
Nespresso Coffee Machine
Soda Stream

Cushions — Sage & Clare
Hand-painted Pot — Deb McNaughton
Rug — The Slumber Co
Ocean Framed Print above Bed — Joanne Piechota
Kip & Co Tassel Cushion

Bath Mat — Sage & Clare

Painted pot (left) — Deb McNaughton
Painted Pot (right) — Gabby Love
Painting — Tracey Mock
Painting — Xander Holliday
Quilt Cover — Vintage Ken Done
Cushions — Sage & Clare

Bird Painting — Anna Blatman
Cushions — Sage & Clare and Kip & Co

Artwork — Natalie Jade
Artwork — Paula Kuka from Common Wild
Cushions — Sage & Clare and Kip & Co

Thanks, Tash and family!

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