House Tour / 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.
Here's how to get the Harry Seidler feel in your own home:
Red Ettore Sottsass 'Pilastro' stool for Kartell from Mr Bigglesworthy
Mid-century wall sconce from Etsy / Starlight Lighting
Walls in Resene Ginn Fizz
String shelving system from BOB & friends
Blossom 3 art print by Inaluxe from endemicworld
External door painted in Resene Optimist
Internal door painted in Resene Mission Brown
Yellow canvas butterfly chair from Flutter Design
Orange Wool/Alpaca cushion from Bolt of Cloth
Dieter bamboo and silk cotton rug from Citta
DeSeDe DS-78 Modular sofa from Mr Bigglesworthy