Lisa Breeze, a Melbourne-based architect, has lived in this ’60s apartment for the last five years (with Sebastien the cat). During the day, Lisa’s work focuses on textural, contemporary homes, some of them renovations, but at quitting time, she retreats to a small space filled with vintage finds and nostalgic elements. Because the space is so small, Lisa channeled a Japanese attitude toward design — making the most of every bit of space for storage solutions. She tried to achieve a delicate balance between modern living and vintage styling that is sympathetic to the apartment’s origins. The result is a space where friends instantly feel at home. Thanks, Lisa! And a big thanks to Armelle Habib for the lovely photos! — Amy Azzarito
Image above: The gorgeous painting above my bed is by Australian artist Marisa Purcell. It is intriguing; every time I look at it I discover something new.
Image above: My ’60s apartment oddly comes with the last of the Art Deco detailing, with its frosted leadlight window. I renovated the bathroom to work with the style of the building. The vanity and bench are made from tiles in my all-time favorite color: minty green.
See more of Lisa’s Melbourne home after the jump . . .
Image above: My perfect hideaway. It is so calming to lie on the crisp white doona in the bright afternoon light and gaze out at the garden.
Image above: Favorite things — a portrait of my dad and holiday snaps from a recent trip to Japan printed on canvas, as well as color-blocked books and my wooly cactus — very easy to keep healthy. The steel-framed wall shelving was designed by myself and made by my amazing friends and Melbourne designers Alex & Gerard at Earl Pinto.
Image above: Second favorite hideaway! A couch for one or armchair for two from Pierre and Charlotte, furniture designers also based in Melbourne. This part of my home best represents my decorating style. Vintage shop finds, eBay wins, the odd designer piece (aka major investment) and an extension of my color-coded library.
Image above: The unfinished project from an upholstery course, digital sounds captured in a classic shaped radio form and sneaky storage for an ever-growing magazine collection.
Image above: Even more vintage scores. The table and chairs were another eBay purchase. The chrome-framed chairs needed new foam and fabric — a color and pattern was chosen to honor the ’60s form of the chairs. The table is perfect for the tiny space; the sides fold out, and I have even hosted dinner parties for six around this little gem.
Image above: I love to cook for friends, and this teeny kitchen is capable of producing big things. With an efficient layout and contemporary fittings, clever storage and an organized cook, anything can happen (even better when friends stick around to do your washing up!).
Image above: Third favorite hideaway. This private little inner-city haven has consumed many hours of my time. Groomed and cultivated from scratch — when preparing the garden beds, I found milk bottles from way back when the apartment block was built.
Making a courtyard garden through trial and error is really enjoyable. It is hard but rewarding work, and I now fully appreciate the skills of professional gardeners and landscape architects.
Image above: This walk-through garden space is one of my favorite outdoor elements. These colorful grassy plants love the hot and windy courtyard conditions and form a wonderful array of color and shadow play that changes with the light of the day.
Image above: I love puttering around in this garden.