Poppy Lissiman, dressmaker of her namesake label, and Harrison Kennedy, technique and development lead at Uber Eats, lived in tiny rental flats for years earlier than making the transfer from Sydney to Fremantle in late 2020.
The home-hunting course of was extremely aggressive, however the whole lot fell into place upon discovering the right dwelling. ‘When the primary open home occurred, we put a suggestion in on the spot, and couldn’t consider our luck when the proprietor accepted,’ says Poppy.
Initially in-built 1990, this home exudes a a lot older really feel than its age suggests, showing nearly like a country Tuscan villa. Poppy and Harrison appreciated its considerate building, incorporating recycled supplies, together with Oregon beams from the previous Fremantle Woolstores, bricks from a former hospital, and stained glass home windows salvaged from numerous properties.
The prevailing materials palette was ‘fairly spot on’ – the home simply wanted just a few necessary tweaks!
Poppy and Harrison’s imaginative and prescient was to show the poky kitchen, laundry and toilet into one massive entertaining area that opened to the backyard. To realize this, they had been lucky sufficient to have Harrison’s mum, architect Louise St John Kennedy, at their disposal!
‘Renovations are one thing she doesn’t usually do, however she kindly made an exception,’ says Poppy. ‘Louise and I spent many, many late nights revising each inch collectively, which was such a particular bonding expertise and one thing I’ll all the time treasure.’
The kitchen, laundry and toilet had been ultimately gutted (with the timber repurposed), whereas a north-facing eating room wall was changed with glass bi-fold doorways opening to the yard.
A second lavatory upstairs was additionally utterly redone that includes peach-coloured tadelakt; while elsewhere, partitions all through had been painted Dulux Vintage White U.S.A; and Jarrah floorboards had been uncovered and polished.
Poppy and Harrison additionally spent loads of time tending to the backyard that had barely been touched in 20 years. ‘The plan is to get the home lined in creepers to appear to be a inexperienced field throughout the subsequent few years.’ says Poppy.
Given the property is kind of a departure from their earlier locations, Harrison and Poppy bought most of their current furnishings and purchased new items to swimsuit this area. ‘We had been used to by no means entertaining greater than 4 folks at a time, together with ourselves, in our earlier locations in Sydney, so I really feel that on this area we’ve got been capable of embrace the heat of entertaining and having the room to indicate off a bit extra!’ Poppy says.
The earthy palette of the unique dwelling lends itself to the couple’s styling, permitting them to play with combined supplies and contrasting colors. ‘Our artwork and a few of our furnishings tends to err on the aspect of being fairly loud, so we had been aware of giving it area to breathe,’ Poppy explains.
The couple’s vibrant artwork assortment feels proper at dwelling right here, significantly the works by John Prince Siddon, a recent artist from Fitzroy Crossing, who Poppy has just lately collaborated with (keep tuned!).
Poppy has lengthy aspired to renovate a house, and to create such a particular area alongside Harrison’s mum has been an absolute pleasure. The outcomes converse for themselves!