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Sneak Peek: Adrian and Jason Tuazon-McCheyne

by Shannon Grant

Almost four years ago, after a long tenure of townhouse and apartment living, Adrian and Jason Tuazon-McCheyne moved into this 1930s house in Brunswick West, a suburb north of Melbourne. Moving into a larger space with a backyard was such a wonderful change for them, offering plenty of light as well as space for a garden (inspiring Adrian to try his hand at horticulture). The decor is always evolving, and while Adrian prefers not to bow to trends, he is hopeful that he is creating something timeless, allowing the space to remain light and fresh by focusing on artwork and decorating with pieces they have acquired over the years. Adrian is a photographer specializing in weddings and portraits shot mostly on film, while Jason is a civil marriage celebrant currently completing a PhD in philosophy. Thank you, Adrian and Jason! — Shannon

Image above: We meet most of our clients in our home, and this doorway left of the entrance hall leads to our client meeting space. We used to have a dark brown leather couch here, but I felt that it darkened the room as it was the largest piece. I had been eyeing this fabric couch for months and finally got it. I love how it fits in with the art deco style of the house. A few of my wedding images are displayed around the room.

Image above: The dark timber dining table was purchased from a friend who was redecorating. The table actually came with two long benches to match, but after a year I replaced them with white DSW Eames chairs. I thought that the original benches just took up too much room. The table is so heavy we very rarely move it. We acquired the vintage London print from the London Transport Museum.

See more of Adrian and Jason’s Australian home after the jump . . .

Image above: Before we lived in this house, we were in an apartment where this little side table didn’t really have a place. And once we moved, it found its calling in this corner. On the table is a lamp that was a housewarming gift, a tea pot we purchased from a street vendor in Beijing, the digital radio was Jason’s birthday present from me and the wooden carabao is from the Philippines. The painting on the wall is an original painting by UK artist James Wheeler. We purchased it from this tiny art collector’s shop in Reeth, North Yorkshire, England.

Image above: Over a year ago, we decided to extend the house by adding this room in the back by building over the existing back deck. We call it the “family room,” but it also becomes a guest room. The sofa turns into a queen-size bed. We had this shelving unit built into the wall using Ikea Billy bookshelves. The shelves are filled with a mix of Ruben’s Lego toys, which are constantly proliferating. It also features books on art, politics, music and bits and pieces we’ve collected from our travels. The red vase was from Jason’s late grandmother. Next to the polaroid camera is a collection of five-inch photobooks I’ve been creating for each year of Ruben’s life. Each book contains a collection of 30 portraits of Ruben (who is now 6 years old) taken in the course of a year. I plan to keep doing it as long as I’m alive. We listen to a lot of music in this room, and the Bose CD and iPod soundsystem produce amazing sound. Ruben still calls this space the “new” room even though it’s now almost two years old.

Image above: Probably the most-used space in the house, the dining room leads to the kitchen and the backyard. I haven’t played the piano in years. But Ruben is now taking piano lessons and hopefully he will get more use of it as he grows up.

Image above: This room is where we meet our clients. The red chair is usually where I sit, and my clients sit on the fabric sofa opposite (in the first photo — couch/doorway shot). A past client, who was an interior decorator, helped us decorate the space, and she was the one who picked the horse lamp, red leather chair and the brown timber oblong coffee table (not pictured) among a few other pieces. I have a love/hate relationship with the red chair, as it is quite bold and shiny. Maybe one day I will replace it with something else, but I’m not sure what yet.

Image above: We had white shutters installed on all the windows on the second floor of the house a few months after we moved in. Because the shutter frames had to be built over the windows, they stuck out a little. This meant that we had to have the bedhead custom built lower than the windows so that we can have it flush against the wall. The bed, including the side tables, is an oak timber frame manufactured by a local Australian company. Possibly the most comfortable bed in the entire world, the king-size mattress is made of latex and memory foam.

Image above: Who doesn’t love a bath in their home? The bathroom is probably the most light-filled room in the house. We didn’t have to do much to the house when we moved in. The bathroom was newly renovated along with the kitchen. I sometimes bring things in this space just to photograph as the natural light here is so soft and even.

Image above: My husband, Jason, is a huge ABBA fan and loves 80s music in general. I have managed to keep most of his ABBA and 80s paraphernalia in our TV/reading room as well as the office to keep the wall art fairly consistent. I started learning the guitar about six months ago.

Image above: We try to de-clutter Ruben’s room at least once a month as it can get very messy. Toys, books, clothes and all sorts of artwork multiply in this room.

Image above: The previous owners of the house renovated the kitchen, so we haven’t had to do anything to it. It is quite functional with generous storage space, and I love the Caesarstone benchtops, though they are fairly high maintenance. You need to clean up your mess straight away as it stains.

Image above: Instead of a hat rack, I installed some hooks on the wall in the entranceway. Our guests will sometimes hang their own things on the hooks. It often looks like an art installation of colorful fabrics. In the winter, a few coats can be seen hanging on the wall as well.

Image above: In the summer and spring we use our outdoor table a fair bit to have dinner. And many Christmas lunches have been had at this table. It’s often the preferred place to eat so that any mess that falls on the floor or even on the table is quickly cleaned up by the local native birds.

Image above: The tricycle was a gift from our friends on Ruben’s 2nd birthday. He is getting a bit big for it now, but we’ll probably keep it forever.

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  • love this house–sweet, functional, airy and light without being too “cute.” so nice to see design sponge featuring a LGBT family in this section!

  • I love the 5 inch photobooks and the idea of having one for every year of your child’s life. The covers are beautiful! Where can I order one?

  • Even though I know the wedding photography is Adrian’s professional work, I think it is inspirational as to how to display personal wedding photos throughout a home. Simple frames with a white mat put the focus on the photography without any sense of cheese.

    I love this home. It’s warm and inviting but still has minimal sense and clean lines. Something I’m trying to achieve in my own space.

  • Love your home. Love your outside area. Love your son’s room. LOVE LOVE the lego figures and how your favourite thing is to watch your fav tv shows…oh the honesty…much better than the usual answers of entertaining, what have you. But yes…once the kidlets go to bed: shows are GOOD. ;-) (Downton Abby, if you haven’t seen it…awesome sauce).

  • Love your restraint… never too much or chasing a trend. I wish we could get away with a few hooks for outdoor gear too. Unfortunately, the fluctuations in Canadian weather pretty much requires a dedicated room.

    Something about the honesty of the little boy’s room and the photo of the red trike really touched me. Maybe it’s because I have a little boy who still loves his Radio Flyer trike. And yes, I think it may remain part of my decor forever too.

  • Thank you all for the lovely comments. @Christina – I purchased the 5″ self-mount photo books from finaoonline.com @Kimberellie – Thanks for the TV show recommendation re: Downtown Abbey, must check it out. @Laurence & @Libby – We purchased the fabric couch from ozdesignfurniture.com.au You may be able to find out where to get the fabric or if it’s available outside of Australia. :-)

  • I am completely in love with your house! We are house hunting at present and I have searched this site for months on end trying to find a home that speaks to me and feels like me for inspiration. It is yours! So beautiful.

  • What a beautiful, tranquil space. Do you have a source for the scalloped window shades? They are precious.

  • Love it totally! It is so real and so beautiful!
    Can anyone source the dark wood console (in the U.S) – the one under the framed painting and with the blue tea pot. Thanks!

  • Hi Monica, the scalloped window shades where already part of the house when we moved in. I think you can get them from most places that sell and fit out window blinds and shades.

  • So glad to see a LGBT couple in here. I have the Design Sponge book and did not notice any LGBT couples in it. It is good to see that you are being very diverse!

  • Adrian and Jason were our lovely Wedding photographer and Celebrant a few yrs back! What a beautiful home for a beautiful family. Fab work.

  • Hi Julia, I’ve only just seen your comment. Apologies for the late reply. The cushions on the sofa were from Freedom furniture in Australia. :-)

  • I love the architecture and theme of these images. I want to eventually style my house that way. I really appreciate the work that goes into homes to make them beautiful.
    John Bond

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