Inside the Melbourne home of interior architect Therese Carrodus
It’s full of bold colour expertly employed – find out how she strikes a balance.
Taking notes from her muse, LA-based designer Kelly Wearstler, while upholding her own principles, interior architect Therese Carrodus used bold colours, interesting textures and a mix of new and vintage when renovating her Melbourne home. The result is a beautifully resolved, family-friendly dwelling that can’t help but make you feel joyful.
Full of Grace founder and mother of three Therese is known for her signature style that mixes strong shades and tactility with brave design choices, an aesthetic developed through years spent working in London and on projects all over Europe. She and her husband Chris stumbled across their 1880s Victorian home in South Yarra by chance in 2017. “We were living in the area, so went along to the open home for a sticky-beak,” she says. “As soon as I stepped onto the front veranda, I imagined our daughter Rosie having her first-day-of-school photo at the front door and, later, her school formal photo. I could see this being a place our children could grow up in.”
After they made it theirs, Therese got to work redesigning the home’s interior, letting the existing architectural features inform her modern approach to details such as the arched doors in the living room. “The inspiration for these came from the original period archway in the hallway,” she says. “I wanted to repeat this idea throughout the house in a contemporary way.” Today, the arch motif can be seen in those steel-framed doors, the dining room chairs, the kitchen island’s brass leg and more.
The kitchen had two iterations; the first had it facing the dining area instead of the garden. “Initially, I intended for it to be oriented differently, but after a light-bulb moment one evening, I hastily edited the drawings — and I’m so glad I did,” says Therese. “As much as I enjoy looking at the dining area, I definitely prefer the view we have now, across the living area to the rear garden.”
Colour-confident Therese devised the kitchen’s winning palette of calacatta viola marble and deep-blue glazed tiles as a throwback to the home’s original décor. She followed through in other parts of the home, too, including the ensuite, where a pink and blue vanity is paired with sea-green tiles. “Neutrals are important, because too much colour can be overwhelming, but colour is so much more exciting to me,” she says. “I think it’s about finding the right balance between the two.”
During her years as a designer, Therese has discovered ways to be resourceful. One of her favourite things in this home — the family’s dining table — is made from marble offcuts. “I found two Persian Red offcuts at a stoneyard and snapped them up,” she says. “I then designed a table base to suit the size of the stone and incorporated an aged brass strip in the middle to join the two pieces together.”
Five months after the renovation began, the family moved in, just a few weeks before Therese gave birth to her and Chris’s youngest child. The new home’s open-plan living spaces have proved brilliant for their young kids. “They often run and sometimes scoot up and down the hallway, and make cubby houses in the living area,” says Therese. She and her loved ones are enjoying every minute of creating memories in this fabulous-looking and functional home — just as she’d imagined they would.