A home showcase for decades of careful collecting

Ann Wilkin's enthusiasm for auctions and markets really
shows in this luscious, leafy home brimming with treasures.  
Ann refers to a fondness for finding bric-a-brac while her husband
calls it junk (cheeky)! And then there are staff at some auctions who tell Ann they "prefer to call it object d'art."  Well whatever you call it, it all comes together in an intriguing and wonderful display of Ann's very personal style.
What Ann refers to as "the mess behind the sofa" we prefer to call a beautiful display of special pieces. The purchase of the two brass candlesticks with funnel holders was nothing short of a miracle. Ann bought one at auction over two decades ago and it lived for years alone outside on the balcony. Then only four years ago Ann found another one exactly the same at a different auction! Now the pair sit happily with a painting by Sassy Park and head figurines from Manila.  The heads were bought in the 1970s by Ann's sister who lived there and sourced interesting paintings and crafts for Ann during that time. 
Clever positioning of this shelf lets the glassware glow in the sunlight - the luminous pinks and greens echoing the colours of the furnishings. The green glasses and cake stands are uranium glass with the beautiful lime green coming from the uranium. The plates on the bottom shelf were bought at auction where Ann was told they were glazed by a nun in Orange (in country New South Wales) and which the cheeky husband calls "green plates by Orange nun".
Just opening a draw in this home unearths a gorgeous nest of collectables!

Paintings of French costume designs from the 1920s hang above
a collection of fountain pens, inkwells and personal photos. 

The bird paintings here are by Australian painter Neville Cayley who illustrated
the classic reference book "What Bird is That?"  Amongst the lovely Australian
birdlife are gifts from friends and pictures that Ann took a liking to at auction.

The John Duffecy dining table was bought at auction about 15 years ago for less than two hundred dollars.  Amazingly, Ann had longed for this same dining suite when she got married in 1961 - but at the time it was very expensive.  Ann has since bought another table to match so there are extra chairs to use when the table is extended.  The second table went to a friend. We're sure Ann never imagined back in 1961 that she'd be giving them away!

Another auction find.  The heavy wrought iron kitchen table was bought 
30 years ago. The angel candlesticks are one of the few pieces bought
new but Ann thinks they are probably reproductions of something old.  
Ann loves to look at them from the kitchen sink as they remind
her "of statues you see as you turn a corner into laneways in Europe."

Thankyou so much for sharing your gorgeous home and your lovely stories with us Ann!


Home of the Merewether family. 1959 - 2010.

We are so happy to have captured this immaculate modernist home before sadly...
The builders arrive.
Designed and built in 1959 and recently sold, this incredible house has timeless style and a heartwarming history. 
For over 50 years the Merewethers have lived in this home created for his family by architect John Merewether.
Now with new owners, it is due to double in size and lose many of its original features. 
So here it is before the new residents moved in.
We can only hope they will appreciate and respect this house as much as we do.

It's just wonderful when a home is filled with authentic pieces
bought in their original era. 
Resisting the changing trends of later decades, 
this home looks fresh and modern - with a
 vintage edge.
It has truly withstood the test of time.

We adore the kitchen but there are plans to replace it. Of course.

Echoes of mid-century California in suburban Sydney. We wouldn't change a thing.