The Self-Designed Home Of An Architect In South Melbourne

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We talk a lot about warm, ‘light filled’ homes at TDF… but this property is designed as a true ode to light and landscape!

Self-professed ‘light obsessive’ interior architect and her husband, architect re-designed this South Melbourne home in 2014. The couple transformed a wasp-filled, asbestos-laden ‘serviceable’ property, into a glowing family home they now share with Jack (7), Frances (4) and Maggie (2).

20th March, 2019

ceramic and gold teapot. Lightbox artwork by . Small painting ‘Drowning and Swimmer (Tidal pool)’ by from Edwina’s godmother, Stella Downer of in Sydney. brass pepper mill. pair of glass mugs (left) and pair of glasses (right). Matchbox tray made by Ed in kindergarten, circa 1983! Photo – . Styling – .

Custom oak and papercord dining chairs made by . Custom made laminate and brass table by Edwina Glenn. Italian brass pendant, circa 1960s, from . Muuto Nerd stool from . Photo – . Styling – .

Large brass jug from The Hub General Store. Small brass jug borrowed from Edwina’s mum. Photo – . Styling – .

The living room. Artwork by . Wilifred sofa upholstered in linen. Williamsburg corduroy cushion. Vintage Arflex T-Line chair by Burkhard Vogtherr for Arflex 1984 purchased from . Cicognino side table from . throw. ‘Cascade’ rug. Moller Bench #63 coffee table in oak and natural paper cord. Photo – . Styling – .

B&B Italia Harry Sofa by Antonio Citterio from . Normann Copenhagen Tablo table from . Alfie Pilot throw from Jardan. Aggregato Sospensione light from . Photograph by (left).  Vintage poster (right). Jardan charcoal cushion. white linen cushsions. corn cob side table. Photo – . Styling – .

Edward and Edwina Glenn at home with Jack (7), Frances (4) and Maggie (2). Photo – . Styling – .

Left: Landscape painting of Gretna, Tasmania by Alfred H. Cook. ceramic from schoolhouse studios. Lego model of the Hogwarts Great Hall built by 7-year-old Jack Glenn! Right: Landscape painting by Andrew Smith from Olsen Gallery in Sydney. ‘Kangaroo Study Number 2’ by from . Edwina’s treasured hand-cut crystal decanters and antique Art Noveau silver milk jug and sugar bowl, passed down from her grandmother. Photo – . Styling – .

A dream outdoor area! Angelucci butterfly chairs. Fatboy beanbag. Landscape design by with the couple’s friend Luke from . Photo – . Styling – .

Custom Carrara marble and steel dining table designed by Ed and Edwina Glenn. Gian Franco basket chair from . floor lamp from Space Furniture.  Photo – . Styling – .

Fred Ward side table circa 1930 from .  Custom bed by Edwina Glenn upholstered in . Linen from . paper vessel. Portrait by Ed’s dad Gordon Glenn. Tolomeo mini wall sconce from . Vintage glazed ceramic vase from Edwina’s grandmother. clutch. Photo – . Styling – .

Finger painting artwork by Jack at kinder. Noah’s ark from . Photo – . Styling – .

wallpaper – ‘I bought rolls when I was pregnant with our first child 7 years ago and only just had the guts to finally install it!’ admits Edwina. May Gibbs x Wattle Babies sheet. ‘The Shorty’ locker from in Byron Bay. Mr Kitly cushion. Miffy lamp from The Supercool. artwork. Photo – . Styling – .

‘Frankly, I’d rather buy lighting than shoes.’ – Edwina Glenn.

Interior Architect and her architect husband purchased their South Melbourne home in 2011, and inherited a property infested with wasps, possums and asbestos! They adapted to life with an outdoor bathroom for a few years, before rebuilding from the ground-up in 2014.

The design for the new home was created by the creative pair, largely informed by a hand-drawn floor plan sketched by Edward. Edwina explains ‘we revisited the floorplans a numbers of times to ensure we made the most of the street frontage and orientation, but essentially came back to that preliminary sketch of Ed’s. I then focused on the internal joinery and finishes.’

The pair worked easily together, and Edwina explains ‘I understood the intent of his floorplans very quickly’ (the perks of working with your partner!). The new plans saw all but the front wall of the house knocked down, with a design that reoriented the home to capture the northerly aspects, and enjoy the walled garden.

First and foremost, though, the new design was all about capturing light. Edwina explains ‘we now wake up to easterly light streaming into our bedroom, but it is more important than just morning light. It is at every stage of the day, and then by night, our passion for lighting adds layers of theatre to everyday living.’

This theatricality is enhanced by the assemblage of furniture and artworks, and of course light fittings! Edwina swoons over the Italian brass pendant by from explains ‘frankly, I’d rather buy lighting than shoes.’ Other beloved items include the chair, and Kangaroo Study artwork by .

While filled with stunning pieces, the house is no show room. Edwina describes their contemporary garden house as a ‘study in light and landscape, filled with things we love.’ The warm grey and white palette is enhanced with hints of marble, terrazzo and timber. She explains ‘by having a neutral colour scheme, I feel I can move objects freely’.

Edwina is a keen proponent of South Melbourne living, which combines a working class heritage with modern renewal. She highlights ‘there were certainly no lap pools here in the 1950s!’ It is very difficult to believe the family inherited the home in a derelict state, and transformed it into such a glowing gem!

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