Mar 3, 2012

Rescue Me Please: I'm Edwardian with a Turret!

With a verandah frieze of carved timber hearts, 
this adorable Queen Anne Edwardian
is just begging to be rescued,
& re-imagined as a home 
which celebrates
her beauty.
Shall we do it? Come on then... this is how...

To say she needs work is, ahem, an understatement.
But if we can replace the saddest parts of the timber
& replaster the cracks,
then give her a fresh coat of paint
to bring out the exquisite mouldings, 
she will be one very pretty home.
I'm thinking the colours in these flowers,
of blush, palest yellow gold & white,
 could work rather beautifully for our paint colour scheme.
They are the colours which are already in the glorious leadlight.
 It was a time, in the early 20th century,
of dainty women's fashion. 
And so it was with the Queen Anne style buildings, 
with dainty details, often in timber fretwork,
which softened the buildings' lines. 
The bathrooms could be a little like this, 
with simple glamour & pale materials.
And perhaps the kitchen could incorporate some meshed steel
cupboard inserts, 
as a reference to kitchens of the early 20th century.
An Edwardian style tap,
like this one in another house for sale (in nearby suburb Caulfield)
would fit nicely in our house.
Oh! More glorious leadlight & intricate plaster mouldings.
And love that fireplace.
Not sure about the supply of coal,
but it would still look fabulous 
if we filled the grate with scented candles.
Once the timber boards are polished with gleaming wax,
and some rugs are placed in palest blush pink,
with walls painted the softest, palest blue,
this will be a beautifully light, bright room.
Using a majority of pale colours will bring out the daintiness 
of our Queen Anne Edwardian. 
But we don't want her too pretty,
she needs a bit of drama too. 
So bringing in some darker elements will create the theatre. 
Staining the timber floorboards to a rich dark walnut,
or adding a quirky dining table with sculptural legs.
Yep, that'll create some drama. 
Because nothing sets off the beauty of pale colour 
better than adding some dark as a contrast.
 Such beauty, yet such neglect.
She really is waiting to be rescued. 
And when she is,
she'll make the perfect spot 
for one of those 

Pink Lady, anyone?

Oh! In an update :: The agent just let me know that this little lady
was purchased at auction yesterday by 
a couple who intend to restore it! 

Property: 2 Shoobra Rd Elsternwick
Other images :: flowers: Honey of a Thousand Flowers
vintage dresses: Met Museum
Collins St: Walking Melbourne
Renovated kitchen & bathroom: house for sale at Caulfield, Melbourne
Makeup instuctions: BHLDN
dining room: by Kara Mann Design


  1. My goodness. If only I had the time, the money - and your creative talents - to restore this beauty to her former glory! You make it all seem so easy but I know better ;-) Thank you for allowing us to dream today. I hope the old house finds a new owner soon! Veronique (French Girl in Seattle)

    1. oh yes, much required of time, money & commitment, that is very true. But if somebody does have all three, what a treasure they will get in return. I am nervous that somebody shall simply bulldoze her instead. And it is almost impossible to build such craftsmanship from scratch now - unless one has even more time, money & commitment. VB

  2. GREAT PICS:) I really like your much nice inspiration. I wish you a lovely weekend.

    LOVE Maria at

  3. I was carried away... Loved your post! x

  4. What a magnificent house with amazing potential. Loved again, your inspiring post,
    x KL

  5. This takes me back to my 2 years spent in Melbourne. I lived in Glen Iris and although my home we rented was modern, all the other homes around us looked just like this. What a charming home! Love that leaded glass, it is a diamond in the rough.

  6. Oh you know how these posts KILL ME!!! I want so desperately to save this house and then have you over for champagne cocktails! And yet, I fear as you that she will not be saved.
    If she were mine, I would move things around a bit, I think. Do you really have to cross the sunroom to get to the um...WC?


  7. Yes, it's quite a common floor plan for houses of this era in Melbourne to have the WC "out the back". Well, the ones which have the original floorplans, at any rate. But it generally isn't that hard to rework the plan to make it more functional for the way we live now, without losing the integrity of the original architecture. The agent just this minute let me know that it shall be saved and restored, as it was bought yesterday by a couple with that very intention. How exciting.

    And I would be at your champagne cocktail party in a flash, as you know! VB x

  8. Gorgeous ideas (as you always have) for a potentially dreamy house.

  9. Hi All,just to let you know that I'm the painter doing the resto work & it has been altered slightly on the interior ,which is almost complete.The outside is also underway-stripping,sanding,filling & painting.Most of the exterior paint is so old its gone crusty & scrapes off ,especially the areas where not much maintenance occurs [on the roof].I have been painting for 25 years & have done a wide variety of work in that time but I get more pleasure out of my work doing these types of jobs.Very satisfying,although hard on the body.

    It was mentioned somewhere that this was a "rough diamond", ironically our painting company is called P & J Diamond painting [not rough though].

    Regards Justin

  10. We are the very lucky and proud owners of this house! She has an interesting recent history. It has been sold 3 times in the last 2 years; it didn't work out for various reasons with the past 2 owners and no changes were made to the house. It was going to be pulled down by the first buyer and two townhouses were to be erected. We are very happy to save her. The existing house has been fully renovated now with the interiors painted in grey and white tones. A pool has been completed (it is filling with water as we speak)! A modern extension will be built in the coming months to accommodate the kitchen and open plan living area. The feedback and support of the locals has been wonderful and makes us very proud to save this beauty.


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