I grew up as the oldest in a modern-day Brady Bunch. We three boys and three girls were not too unlike our TV counterparts. We weren’t nursing pre-formal injuries or fighting over who got the attic, but we definitely got into our fair share of shenanigans. With our shelves bursting with Beanie Babies and the walls a shrine to The Teen Queen, our formidable tribe was bent on giggling until Grandma gave us the old quieting down. It should come as no surprise then that while growing up, family came first. That is exactly the reason why the Pickles + Russell home caught my eye.
The catalyst for Suzy and Adam’s move and renovation was family. Their concept? A functional yet simple space for everyone. The two were expecting a second child and knew they had to expand so their own growing tribe could flourish. It’s almost unbelievable that only two weeks after crafting a wish list the perfect fit hit the market. The family’s space turned out to be this home in Darlington, Sydney. Since the home was built in the late 1800s, the two knew they were undertaking a gut renovation, but the idea of bringing their wish list to life was just what the couple wanted. They were working on a tight budget, and a bit of the redux was done by the pair. Suzy and Adam built on a second-story addition with a new kitchen, bedroom and two bathrooms. The original space was so compact that Suzy still remembers how the builders, “used to joke that it was the most expensive carport they had ever built.” Choosing where to cut costs and where to splurge was vital, so the couple focused their finances on outfitting the space with concrete floors and ceilings and a new hot water system. Secondhand accessories and eBay purchases helped with their bottom line. Suzy and Adam kept the bones of their home simple while infusing color in key areas. This way, they could make cost-effective adjustments as their tastes changed. The result — a home with everyone in mind. —Garrett