• How to Make Any House Feel Like Home

    When you were growing up, you probably dreamt of the day you’d have your own place. I was way too dorky to get invited to house parties and do normal teenager things like hook up with boys, so daydreaming about my future house was pretty much my hobby. One of my first (and quite possibly strangest) blog posts was about how I even kept a glory box. Fast forward to actually

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  • A DIY Makeover for a Daggy 70s Willetton Home

    Would you buy a house you hated? Could you make an offer on a home with an interior you didn’t like at all – a home that was actually a particularly ugly example of the era it was built? Home owners Craig and Emma Croxford did – buying a 1970s Willetton house that was so depressing and needed so much work that it actually brought Emma to tears on various

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  • The Frank House by Iwan Iwanoff

    So I’m going to make a bold call here, but I have to call it – I think I’ve found my favourite Iwan Iwanoff house yet. (At least my fave of all the ones I’ve visited so far!) It’s this quietly shy beauty – the Frank House in Menora. The house is owned by Michael and Carmen Forde, who own Mary Street Bakery and MAKERism and who live with their gorgeous one-year-old daughter Wylie and their

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  • The Nature-Inspired Eco House

    Well, this is it, guys – hands-down one of the coolest houses I’ve had the honour of featuring on Modaokon! This is Nature Inspired Eco House. Designed for a tiny 200sqm infill block in the city, this two-storey, solar passive new home is eco-friendly and runs on renewable energy (with no air-con). Built from a mix of eco-friendly materials and quirky recycled elements (including a wall built from salvaged 1960s

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  • The Woodbridge Weatherboard Renovation

    This story first appeared on my original Modaokon blog here. It was dilapidated, needed love and had slowly deteriorated to the point that almost none of the doors and windows could be closed properly. But there was something mesmerising about the old weatherboard cottage that drew young couple and serial renovators Nat and Trent Huckerby to buy it, with the dream of renovating it and turning it into a

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