Located in a former factory, this whitewashed interior home serves as a blank canvas for artist, Saskia Folk’s collection of art, fun details and revived furniture.

 

CHEAT SHEET

Who lives here: Artist, farmer and creative director Saskia Folk; and her flatmate, artist and designer Imogen van Sebille.

Style of house: This 1911 former leather factory in Melbourne was renovated more than 20 years ago by interior stylist Lynda Gardener into a three-bedroom, two-bathroom space. The kitchen bench surrounding the cooktop took about three
months to complete.

 

While no major structural work was undertaken, Saskia did make some cosmetic alterations on fixtures and fittings that were “beautiful yet didn’t quite have the functionality required for day-to-day modern living”. These include the old pull-chain toilets and Kookaburra stove, which were replaced. While the kitchen was upgraded, Saskia avoided anything too contemporary, holding true to her love of recycling
and DIY.

 

LESSONS LEARNT

“The pull-chain toilets fit the look of the house but broke constantly. They were replaced – my water bill has reduced considerably,” Saskia Folk, homeowner.

 

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