Monday, September 3, 2012

A Weatherboard House Renovation in Lilyfield

One of the families at our local school have recently renovated a little weatherboard house that is literally around the corner from my house.  Tim is a local interior designer and his wife Libby is an art consultant. They both have beautiful taste and definitely know how to transform a space into a beautiful home.  Check it out for yourself!

Come on in!
When they began the renovation, Libby was pregnant with their second child so they wanted a quick renovation and to transform their house that was in dire need of some love and to make it liveable for their young, growing family. 

To keep the integrity of the house's age and accentuate the original features they kept the shiplap walls in the hallway and the ornate ceilings. It certainly suits this weatherboard cottage and contrasts well with their eclectic furniture.

The wooden floors were in an okay condition so Tim and Libby scrubbed them down with steel wool and left them unvarnished. The result is a soft beautiful flooring that looks amazing and shows the years of footsteps throughout the house. Talk about a labour of love - aren't they gorgeous.

The interior of the house was painted white to give a blank slate for their expansive collection of art. They also have a great mix of furniture that really is well displayed in the house. I guess that's what happens when you live with an interior designer and an artist.

Did you notice the tree trunk side table? I've seen tree trunks used before but never one with branches as legs.  Such a nice little spot to have an evening glass on wine in, I think.

A lot of the original kitchen was retained as eventually Tim and Libby will do a major renovation and turn the house into a 4 bedroom house. in the meantime, I love the mix of retro fittings, open shelves and colourful accessories.  I also love the little vintage blue and taupe jugs in the kitchen!  Tim, if they go missing you know where they are!

I also love this little alcove off the kitchen for the girl's craft desk area. Good to keep an eye on the kids while you cook dinner.

Tim and Libby's bedroom has a beautiful pressed celling and they have a lot of their art collection on display in this room. Just beautiful. I think it's a lovely idea to have some beautiful art in your bedroom - a few special pieces not on display for everyone to see.

all photos courtesy of the owners, taken by Michael Wee

Tim's house certainly is a good calling card for his business, isn't' it!  If you are in the market for some interior design work done, click through to his Tim Leveson Interiors website.  He's a really nice guy also so I can imagine he'd be easy to work with.

Fiona xx


  1. Thanks for sharing Fiona. I can only imagine what the before was like. your friends have done a fantastic job of their renovation.
    love your blog,

  2. oh I love the hallway and floorboards. thanks for sharing that method with the steel wool.
    cheers Jodie x

  3. I've been looking for an interior designer for a while now. After seeing this blog i think i may have just found one!

    Thanks Fiona

  4. i love the individual & unpretentious style!

  5. thanks for sharing. love so many elements of this house.

  6. Hi Fiona

    I love the unvarnished floorboards as well. I also have some William Russell Flint prints in the bedroom. If you don't know his work, check out the web page I think you would like his work.

    Stacey (harrimar) x

  7. LOVE this house. Just bookmarked it all over the place :)

  8. your friends have done a fantastic job of their renovation.
    love your blog.
    Home improvement

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