A STEP INSIDE DARREN AND DEANNE’S HOME RENOVATION

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Today I’m excited to take you inside the beautiful home renovation of Darren and Deanne Jolly in Kew East, Victoria. Inside Out magazine and Hisense very kindly opened the doors so I could have a sneak peek with a guided tour with Dea herself and Claire Bradley (editor of Inside Out magazine).  A morning spent discussing the renovation process, the finishes, the paint choices and everything else in between in the land of renovating! I was in heaven and I left with a major case of house envy and a hunger for a new renovation project!

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Set in a tree lined street in beautiful Kew East, this divine house has undergone quiet the transformation in 11 months. But with some solid renovating experience under their belt (including The Block) and since launching their own venture D + D Home, it’s safe to say they knew what they were doing! Dea interior styled the entire home and Darren oversaw the build, so the end result was always going to be amazing!

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One step inside this beautiful four bedroom home and I instantly fell in love. I could see our family entertaining in the backyard in Summer, the kids playing in the pool, dinner parties in the divine light filled kitchen/ dining space, having my own home office to step into (and not a mini desk which I currently sit at!) and a master bedroom complete with a to-die-for walk in wardrobe and a beautiful ensuite. The design and layout has been carefully thought out and with initial plans to move into this house, Dea designed it with her family in mind.

The kitchen/dining space was an absolute stand out for me. The combination of cathedral like ceilings, the marble island bench, bucket loads of natural light and attention to detail with all of the finishes (pendant lights, huge walk in pantry, Hisense appliances) made this space one that I never wanted to leave!


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With a Byron Bay styling influence throughout the home, it’s easy to feel like you’re always on holidays. With a soothing colour palette on the walls of Dulux Waltzing and Tranquil Retreat, this serene feeling is carried throughout the home and complemented with soft natural timber floors.

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I Love Linen bedlinen is featured on all of the beds in a mix of soft muted tones. Dea believes this is another great way to carry a look throughout the home, using one supplier. I’m a huge fan of black hardware and Dea has used black door handles, adding a beautiful finishing touch to each of the rooms. Her choice of pendant lights reflects a modern and sophisticated style. I adore the mint pendant lights from Mud Australia hanging in the kitchen for a little splash of colour.

I had a quick chat to Dea about this renovation, where she finds her inspiration and the best affordable homewares brands.

– Renovating can be hugely overwhelming. What’s your top tip for where to start?
Start with doing lots and lots of research! It is so important to have a clear vision of what you are hoping to achieve in terms of both style and functionality. It’s much easier for the average person to convey their ideas to suppliers and tradespeople through images – start a Pinterest board and a rip out file of all your magazine inspo.
– Do you moodboard ideas before you start a big renovation like this?
Absolutely. For me it is a vital part of the process so that I can keep on track with the style I’m trying to achieve. It helps me make sure that I am creating a continuity throughout the home and that everything is working together. Most importantly, it keeps me inspired.
– Where do you find your interior inspiration?
Inspiration comes from so many sources! I’m a huge magazine, Instagram, Pinterest and blog lover. Whenever I travel, I love to take the time to look at local buildings and homes and of course I love to shop up a storm and buy lots of pieces to take home!
– What would be your best piece of renovating advice when you’re on a tight budget?
If the budget is tight keep the palette and design simple and classic. If the bones of your project are timeless, it is easy to add extra layers later when your budget allows.
– What’s your favourite room in the house and why?
I really love the master bedroom. When I was thinking about what I wanted to create with this home, I wanted to achieve that ‘holiday at home/resort’ feel. I think the master bedroom encapsulates this with a great view of the tropical landscaping and the pool straight through the wall of stacker doors. The pitched roof gives the room a lovely spacious feel and I just adore the chalky grey/green feature wall (Dulux Green Sea).
– What are your top 3 affordable homewares brands?
Lots of bang for your buck at House of Orange, Freedom and Maison Est

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Take a look inside the home via the video HERE and here are a few little snaps I took on the day-

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So as you can, it was hard to leave this divine home! I was ready to move straight in! A huge thank you to Inside Out magazine, Hisense and Dea for having me. I think I now need a new renovation project to get stuck into!

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