The River House

  • An 80’s home on Melbourne’s Yarra River is transformed into an elegant family abode for a new generation.

    Creating a light-filled, contemporary family home from the bones of a classic 1980’s construction is not a task for the light-hearted, nor for those with limited imagination. Instead of being discouraged by their home’s features – think curved walls, small windows and a conservatory-style galley kitchen – new owners Prue and Nick Brown immediately saw the immense potential to create their dream abode.

    Combining their talents for creativity and building know-how (Prue is co-director of boutique lingerie and sleepwear brand Love & Lustre, whilst Nick is the director of a construction company) the couple made a renovation wish list. The next step was to commission architect Susie Leeton – whose own home Prue had admired – to bring their ideas to life. At the heart of their brief to Susi was the concept of light. ”Light is everything to me,” says Prue. “We needed to open up the space to let in more light, and to create a feeling of connectedness between the levels”.


    PHOTOGRAPHY Peter Bennetts & Sarah Wood WORDS Heather Nette King


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