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Alistair Knox’s Former Studio Turned Family Home

If there’s an architecturally significant home available to rent in Melbourne’s north-east, you best believe Tilly Barber knows about it.  

The owner of furniture businesses Homebody and Monde has lived in multiple nearby ’60s and ’70s homes, but couldn’t resist moving into the former office of prolific architect Alistair Knox when it recently hit the rental market. 

Embracing the site’s history and leafy Eltham environment, Tilly has turned the space into a somewhat unorthodox yet heartwarming home for herself, and six-year-old-son Marley.

A Heartwarming Flower Delivery Service That Makes A Difference

Last year was one of protection: turning inwards to our bubbles, families, loved ones and communities in a time of great stress. It seemed that the only cure to a highly infectious, rapidly-moving virus was hyper locality – a.k.a. staying put.

This was both a blessing and a curse for small businesses. Some thrived and some did not, but lots of them pivoted – and out of the ashes grew new ideas and fresh beginnings. The Beautiful Bunch was one of those pandemic miracles. Started by Merchant Road founder Jane Marx when her hospitality and events business was forced to halt completely, the floral subscription service provides training workshops and employment to young women from refugee and migrant backgrounds who struggle to find work.

This extra special, community-focused project boomed so successfully with local support that it launched as a full-time operation this year. Just in time for another Victorian lockdown…

An Impeccably Styled Mid-Century Melbourne Rental

Late last year we brought you the family story of Holly Thompson and Stephanie Lane, owners of homewares and vintage furniture business Goodspace, who parent their respective daughters Lola (5) and Frida (6) under the one Melbourne roof.

That alone makes this home special, but we couldn’t pass up the opportunity to also spotlight the incredible mid-century interiors in a little more detail!

The pair came across the Kew East rental property in 2019, and while it wasn’t quite right practically, they knew they had to have it.

With their styling flair and clever interventions, they’ve turned a two bedroom house (with green carpet in every room) into an impossibly stylish, love-filled home for four.

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