My gut is something I struggle with trusting, and I’m not sure why. I’m never short on opinions, but oftentimes my initial reaction to something gets clouded by the dreaded “overthink.” It’s something that I continue to work on because I see such value in that initial, split second of clarity – the crystal-clear choice that, too often, abruptly zips away. Because of this, I find it very refreshing when I learn of people who’ve had a feeling, unabashedly trusted it, and never looked back.
In Melbourne, Australia, a stone’s throw from the railway line, sits this perfectly patinated bungalow that maker Sarah Murphy of Murphy & Daughters and filmmaker Matthew McCaughey have called home for the past seven years. The second they stepped inside the house, they wanted it. This proactive family wasted no time and eagerly put in a bid on the home the day it went up for public auction. No overthinking. No pondering. It was a trigger-decision that, to this day, they don’t regret. What exactly struck such a resounding chord with the Murphys? The century-old Victorian’s back garden. Hidden from the street and a total surprise, the outdoor space truly sealed the deal. It’s the cherry on top of a wonderfully laid-back, 3-bedroom house.
Not only was the garden a lucky gift, but the family knew the rustic and coastal bones of the space were the perfect backdrop for their international souvenirs. Having traveled across Mexico, Spain and Italy has given the Murphys a plethora of one-of-a-kinds to don the walls. In another stroke of serendipity, the home is located a few blocks away from an auction house. Barely a week goes by without something new coming through the front door. These new additions layered against worldly trinkets add such energy, color and texture to this home – one of my personal favorites. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do! —Garrett
Photography by Caitlin Mills