How to do colour

We think it's probably quite rare for people to buy old homes and not change anything. It's especially remarkable when the new house has a highly personal and rather brave colour scheme that comes with it. When Judy Park bought her 1920's home, she loved her inherited reds and oranges and pinks and yellows and embraced them as the perfect backdrop for her own unique style.

 Nostalgic pieces and family portraits pop with freshness and fun
against their vibrant backdrop. The painting on the right is Judy's 
grandaughter Lottie (now 20) painted by her mother Sassy. It's
based on the idea of a 17th Century portrait with the Park family
motto. See http://sassypark.com/ for more of her fabulous work.

The centrepiece table and single chair are from Judy's parents 
home. Judy's mother loved buying wonderful pieces from
auction - a talent Judy shares. Judy discovered she also has a 
talent for French polishing after a little mishap with the table.  
Apparently layers of newspaper do not protect varnish from
lifting while doing a bit of handiwork with metho!  

Leslie Moline, a family friend and artist, painted the large portrait
of Judy's mother in the 1950's and the smaller ones of Judy's
son and daughter when they were little. Apparently Leslie lacked
confidence in her work - amazing we know. Judy's supportive
mother commissioned the artist to paint the family.
Clearly this was a win-win arrangement!
Judy loves bentwood chairs and bought this one when she
married. It's been recovered several times since and we love
this subtle classic floral against that wall.

A zinc top kitchen table and chairs bought at auction originally
came from a Domestic Science School
(the Tech. Colleges of the 1950's). The wording on the back
of the chairs reflect the domestic skills taught to the young
female students. Judy bought six chairs but only three had
writing on the back - the other three she stencilled to match with 
made up lessons; "Laundry", "Sewing" and "Baby care".

Judy's collection of muted milky tones began with a milk glass
goblet bought in 1959 from Marion Best fabrics in Woollahra. 
We confess we're thrilled that Judy visited the first shop in Sydney
selling Scandinavian design. 
for a fascinating insight into the legendary Marion Hall Best.
Judy has been adding to this beautiful collection ever since,
including hand made porcelain made by daughter Sassy.

An adventurous use of colour looks incredible in this sumptious
room. The rich red walls are capped with an orange ceilng. And
we love the stark white wall asserting itself through the doorway.

This fireplace is just stunning - such a feminine colour but striking

The lovely peasant lady on the right of the window was bought in
Russia on a trip by ship from Moscow to St. Petersburg.
Judy loves it's naivety - the cows outsizing the chickens -
and she wishes she had more of this artist's colourful work.
Judy laments there was no time to shop - the MS.Tolstoy was
about to leave!

Judy has portraits of all her children painted by talented 
Rockhampton artist, Ben Wichkam. This young boy
however, was adopted from hard rubbish day! 
Judy's "adopted son" has replaced the portrait of Judy's
younger son (who has been relegated to the dressing
room as he wasn't keen on his portrait).

Judy says this home has a very welcoming feel and that she
was very lucky to buy it.
We couldn't agree more.

Thankyou so much Judy for sharing your beautiful home with us.


  1. That is a most gorgeous home. I love every bit ... the Marimekko blind at the end just topped it off! As did the connection with Marion Hall Best ... what a beautiful domicile.

    Three cheers for the owner's style and panache!

  2. What a wonderful kaleidoscope of colour!
    I love the vibrancy that no doubt reflects the fun/happy personality of the wonderful owner.

    Thank you for sharing,

    Felicity x

  3. Loving your blog Juzzy & Rachel.

  4. this is a fabulous blog - the insights into the homeowners are as delicate and revealing as the photography