Welcome to my dream home

Pause...get ready for true beauty... this home is seriously wonderful!  

No longer a home, this is actually a museum, of sorts. A living breathing example of the best-of-the best mid-century domestic architecture. Roses' house, as she is nicknamed, was completed in 1950, and back then was ‘the most talked about house in Sydney’. She was designed by Australian architect Harry Seidler, for his parents Rose and Max. The house 'overturned almost every convention of suburban home design'.

There are multiple entrances to Rose's house – the most unusual, yet inviting, is an external ramp, reminiscent of a boat extending her plank to shore. Inside it's a homage to open plan living – walls are half-height or cut-out, with a curtain to divide when privacy is required. Every room boasts built-in furniture, doing away with anything superfluous. Lighting is either wall-mounted, task-specific or hidden in the eaves. Bold primary colours sit directly beside the muted tones and textures of nature. The gem.. jewel.. showpiece, is the mural hand-painted by Harry himself, inspired by the modernist murals of Brazil.

 

I was lucky (and ecstatically happy) to visit Roses' house while in Sydney...and you can too. It's one of Sydney's Living Museums and is open to mid-century-loving public on Sundays between 10am and 4pm.

 

Rose Seidler House - Harry Seidler
Rose Seidler House - Harry Seidler
Rose Seidler House - Harry Seidler
Rose Seidler House - Harry Seidler
Rose Seidler House - Harry Seidler
Rose Seidler House - Harry Seidler
Rose Seidler House - Harry Seidler
Rose Seidler House - Harry Seidler
Rose Seidler House - Harry Seidler
Rose Seidler House - Harry Seidler
Rose Seidler House - Harry Seidler
Rose Seidler House - Harry Seidler
Rose Seidler House - Harry Seidler
Rose Seidler House - Harry Seidler
Rose Seidler House - Harry Seidler
Rose Seidler House - Harry Seidler
Rose Seidler House - Harry Seidler
Rose Seidler House - Harry Seidler
Rose Seidler House - Harry Seidler
Rose Seidler House - Harry Seidler
Rose Seidler House - Harry Seidler
Rose Seidler House - Harry Seidler
Rose Seidler House - Harry Seidler
Rose Seidler House - Harry Seidler
Rose Seidler House - Harry Seidler
Rose Seidler House - Harry Seidler
Rose Seidler House - Harry Seidler
Rose Seidler House - Harry Seidler
Rose Seidler House - Harry Seidler
Rose Seidler House - Harry Seidler
Rose Seidler House - Harry Seidler
Rose Seidler House - Harry Seidler
Rose Seidler House - Harry Seidler
Rose Seidler House - Harry Seidler
Rose Seidler House - Harry Seidler
Rose Seidler House - Harry Seidler
Rose Seidler House - Harry Seidler
Rose Seidler House - Harry Seidler
Rose Seidler House - Harry Seidler
Rose Seidler House - Harry Seidler
Rose Seidler House - Harry Seidler
Rose Seidler House - Harry Seidler
Rose Seidler House - Harry Seidler
Rose Seidler House - Harry Seidler
Rose Seidler House - Harry Seidler
Rose Seidler House - Harry Seidler
Rose Seidler House - Harry Seidler

Here's how to get the Harry Seidler feel in your own home:

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  1. Red Ettore Sottsass 'Pilastro' stool for Kartell from Mr Bigglesworthy

  2. Mid-century wall sconce from Etsy / Starlight Lighting

  3. Walls in Resene Ginn Fizz

  4. String shelving system from BOB & friends

  5. Blossom 3 art print by Inaluxe from endemicworld

  6. External door painted in Resene Optimist

  7. Internal door painted in Resene Mission Brown

  8. Yellow canvas butterfly chair from Flutter Design

  9. Orange Wool/Alpaca cushion from Bolt of Cloth

  10. Dieter bamboo and silk cotton rug from Citta

  11. DeSeDe DS-78 Modular sofa from Mr Bigglesworthy