Hiding behind the tag Brismod is Anita who writes a blog called Fun and VJs, which chronicles the renovation work on a tired old Queenslander home. Anita’s background is in corporate communication but she has a particular interest in architecture, design and vintage furniture. She is married to Jason (famous for his shirtless renovating) and has three young sons.
Fun and VJs – Lounge room
Earlier this year, we renovated our lounge room in our 1930s Queenslander home. It wasn’t an overly complicated job but with three boys running around the house (the youngest is one year old), it was still an arduous task.
It took approximately three weeks from go to woe – removing and replacing architraves, sanding and preparing the walls, then undercoating and painting the three metre high walls. The noisy work was done on the weekends, while painting was done at night.
The old cream colour scheme in the room made our vintage mid-century furniture seem particularly drab. Therefore our main mission was to make the room appear brighter and airier.
For me, it is still a work in progress in terms of decorating, but at least we have a decent blank canvas upon which this room will evolve over time.
Most of our furniture and art in this room has a story or family connection and is vintage Australian mid-century. I believe a home should have objects with personal resonance to make it a real home.
Furniture, rug and objects – thrifted or handed down from family or friends
Lighting – David Trubridge Coral pendant light
Large art work is from a photograph of my great-grandfather when he was in French Polynesia
Large modernist screen print by late Gold Coast artist Veda Arrowsmith
Retro telephone table with teak lamp
This photo shows the breeze way with tulip design which is characteristic of Queenslander homes
The art work is a portrait of my Tahitian mother and the landscape is of bungalows over the water in Tahiti
This is the shelf directly under our wall mounted flat TV. This is the corner I’m not enthused about. We have the dreaded visible TV cords which are left dangling.
Lack floating shelf from IKEA, objects thrifted or were gifts
Art deco side table with salvaged Station of the Cross.
So pop over and visit Anita and feel free to ask her any questions about this room!
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