This luxurious and eclectic home proves luck favours the brave. “Well, it was probably a little reckless in hindsight,” Kate (co-owner of Daine Singer Gallery) reflects. Her lips curl upwards as she takes stock of her irreverent, elegant and highly personal Melbourne terrace. Kate, an Australian, and her husband Alex, an Austrian, were living in Europe when they bought the house… sight unseen. “We had a strong feeling the house was “the one” based purely on the real estate agent images,” she says. Of course, as a gallerist Kate has an eye for unconventional beauty. “Despite the burgundy feature walls, 70s kitchen, thick velvet curtains and icky carpet, we were captivated by the history, the high ceilings and period features,” she continues. The sale was finalised on the couple’s Vegas Wedding day – surely a good omen – just three months before their January homecoming. Indeed the race get the house ready was on.
Enter interior designer Chelsea Hing, one of Melbourne’s true champions of effortless style. Chelsea and Kate came together across time zones over Skype, Pinterest and email to imagine this brave new interior. “It took a real leap of faith on Kate’s behalf,” says Chelsea. “We were in constant contact for a whirlwind three months. It felt like a long distance romance, at times,” she jokes.