Home: Vintage meets Modern

September 5, 2010

Josh and Sharron and their three children live in a semi-rural part of Queensland on a 1/2 acre block of land. The modern home is furnished effortlessly with a mixture of modern, and vintage items, creating the perfect balance between functionality, personality and warmth. The white and neutral tones are subtlety enhanced using bursts of colour through interesting ornaments and books. The house has a modern edge yet Sharron has cleverly brought warmth and history to the home through vintage/shabby-chic furniture and accessories. What Josh and Sharron have created is truly the definition of transforming a house into a home.

What is your favourite room?

I like every room for different reasons.

What is your favourite piece of furniture?

Probably the Ikea Billy Bookcase Cupboard System in our TV room.  It’s got a place for everything, is compact, highly customisable and affordable.


Where do you find your inspiration?

Magazines and shop displays.  Better Homes and Gardens is my favourite home magazine.


You’ve brought a lot of history into a modern house.  How have you managed that?

I started with large furniture pieces and kept them neutral and simple, and then brought colour and age through pictures, smaller furniture and nic-nacks.

Where do you find your vintage pieces?

Second hand shops, ebay and garages sales.  It’s amazing what you can find and what people throw out.

How do you get a feel for what is good value?

I find ebay is a helpful research tool because it’s a great price and popularity guide.  And then I go to the op shops and find similar pieces.

What are some of your great finds?

1. What: Original acrylic canvas picture  Price: $450 reduced $65 Where: Closing down shop

2. What: Vintage prints Price: $3 each Where: Salvation Army

3. What: Bathroom ladder Price: $200 reduced to $50 Where: Loot

4. What: Vintage meat safe Price: $75 Where: Konnexion Shop on ebay

How have you effectively mixed the old with the new?

I’ve mixed a vintage hall table with a new mirror in the hallway entrance.

Old: Vintage hall table New: Mirror Price: Wall stand ($80) mirror ($25) Where: Hall table (Konnexion Shop on ebay) Mirror (Target).

A second-hand fireplace brings warmth to a stark room.

What: Fireplace with original lead-light cabinets Price: $180 Where: ebay

How do you store the toys in your children’s room?

The Idea Expedit system is fabulous for toys because you can choose to use the shelfs to store nick nacks or place baskets or buckets to store many toys.

organising toys

How have you created different living/sitting spaces?

By sectioning rooms off with furniture and crating many places to just sit, inside and out.

What advice would give someone home decorating?

Don’t be afraid to try something different and be prepared to shop in second hand shops to find the treasures within. You don’t have to spend a lot of money to make a house, a home.

“You don’t have to spend a lot of money to make a house, a home.”

Have a “you” space

You will often find me here.  This is my place.  I love looking out at my garden and the spinning wheel. I often sit here, look out and enjoy what is around me.

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Emma DennehyNo Gravatar September 5, 2010 at 6:50 pm

WOW shaz love it looking great xx
Kel great work on the photos love your work xx


Kelly Be A Fun MumNo Gravatar September 6, 2010 at 8:03 am

Thanks Em. Shazz has made it into such a beautiful home. I’m so proud of her.


Farmers WifeyNo Gravatar September 5, 2010 at 8:11 pm

Hey, you did that post just for me, didn’t you? I love the pics and the info and the vintage and as we are designing and thinking about our house decorating I am in love with posts like thisxx


Kelly Be A Fun MumNo Gravatar September 6, 2010 at 8:04 am

HA! Yep, the telepathy was working. I loved taking the pics. Have fun with your designing.


BeckyNo Gravatar September 6, 2010 at 8:20 am

What a lovely home! So inspiring!


Kelly Be A Fun MumNo Gravatar September 6, 2010 at 12:28 pm

Isn’t it just.


Kay / SuburpNo Gravatar September 6, 2010 at 5:29 pm

beautiful home indeed!
i really like houses where there is lots of original / vintage / design things to discover but it still looks bright and clear and not messy.
very nice :)


katepickleNo Gravatar September 7, 2010 at 2:56 pm

ooh you’ve totally sold me on going with the ikea bookcase for storage/TV stuff when we finish our renovations, that looks fabulous!


Sharron PeacockNo Gravatar September 8, 2010 at 8:04 am

This house looks very familiar :)


muppyNo Gravatar November 24, 2011 at 8:24 pm

Gorgeous, wish I had that eye of style….


Deb @ Bright & PreciousNo Gravatar February 23, 2012 at 7:32 am

What a lovely home. I’m inspired! Thanks for sharing.


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