Jye, Maddy & Moe
The charming facade of this smart grey Adamstown home on a shotgun block, does not prepare you for the breathtaking luxury once inside the front door.
The traditional yet contemporary entrance hall leads to a vast double-height kitchen and family room extension which is light, bright and ridiculously sophisticated. The monochrome palette throughout is softened by warm timbers and an exposed heritage brick feature wall.
This clever renovation with its natural Kinfolk-inspired styling is home to a very creative couple; parents to sweet little Moe, who might just hold your hand if you sneeze.
We give you all the feels this month, with the rags-to-riches story of this sleek and stunning family home.
IMAGES: Atelier Photography
Firstly – please tell us a little about you, your family and who is currently living at the home.
M: We are a young family of three – almost four – with our little YASSS QUEEN due the 16 June. Jye is a plumber gas fitter and a loving, caring family orientated guy every other second of the day. He is handy and creative and loves a challenge, he has spent many weekends in the final renovation process making sure every nook and cranny was something to be proud of.
I (Maddy) would like to think I’m creative and have a strong appreciation for art, I’m compassionate, a little too affectionate and like to think I’m a giver. I also manage two busy chiropractic clinics that keep me ran off my toes when I’m not at home looking after our beautiful little boy – Moe. Moe is almost two and a gentle, empathetic, caring little being. He is the kind of kid that asks if ‘you otay’ and holds your hand when you sneeze.
Q: You are a very creative family – can you tell us about what you do and how this has shaped your home’s development?
M: Jye’s passion for creativity begun at school in woodwork, to this day his Mum still sets dinner on a beautiful hand-crafted dinner table and chairs he completed in year 12. His hands-on ability and passion to create is sprinkled through the house with no job too big – like the stairs at the front and back deck – or too small such as the little copper candle holder that was a valentine gift.
I studied fine art at university, majoring in 2D art, I did this purely for the joy it brought me, exploring different art forms and the meaning that can be conveyed behind the simplest of works.
Our house is filled with artworks we have made ourselves using pressed flowers and rustic bowls we crafted together during a pottery class.
Q: Now onto your home – can you tell us about the home’s story?
M: We purchased the home in late 2015 and opted for a long settlement to allow time for the beautiful old lady that lived here to move into a retirement village.
The day we got the keys, we popped champagne and ripped the carpets up. We spent the next week prepping the floors for sanding and painting every wall in the quirky, tiny, two-bedroom shack.
The next phase of the journey was using architect/designer Murray James to turn our rough ideas into a CAD dream: making sure every inch of the home was functional, practical and beautiful.
Our subsequent goal was to find a builder and after much research we settled on a young, hip building company called Macfox.
In 2018 we excitedly packed our lives into boxes and moved out for the proposed four months of building. Weeks went by and the Macfox team made continual excuses as to why they couldn’t commence the build but eventually, after much anticipation they begun!
Three days later we received a phone call to let us know that Macfox had been trading insolvent for six months and had taken our deposit, made our home unlivable, made themselves uncontactable and gone into liquidation.
Jye has always been the rock for our little family but for the first time he was feeling defeated. We sat down, called our building insurance company, reassessed our finances and began the long journey to find another builder.
After months of searching we stumbled upon BuildArt Projects, we did the research, dropped in to random houses to see the quality of work in person, and were thoroughly impressed. We contacted Joel Ayton, BuildArt’s director and were over the moon to hear that he could squeeze our build in before the year was over.
What’s more he would work with our budget; we would source the product ourselves and he would assist by bargaining it down with a trade discount.
Joel also welcomed Jye in to help fit out spaces within the home to save on cost of labour.
We cannot speak more highly of the BuildArt team. They responded to our calls, texts and emails no matter what time we sent them, they kept us in the loop every step of the way and did whatever they could to make sure that every detail was perfect.
After 12 months of financial hell and stress we ended up with our paradise and we view it as the rainbow after the storm.
Q: Do you have any specific stories to tell about this project– wins and fails?! What are you happiest about with the home and how it looks and functions?
M: Although our journey to turn a house in to a home was far rockier than we had ever imagined, we are grateful for a few lessons we learnt. Our family is strong. The support we provided each other during the last year proved we really can conquer anything.
We also learnt that patience is a virtue. We acknowledged that our misfortunes had given us the precious commodity of time. We used this time to create art for our home, draw sketches of room layouts, pick up bargains such as heritage bricks we used as our internal feature wall and old doors to repurpose.
We spent this time refining our future.
Q: What or who are your key style inspirations?
M: We never had the intention to create this level of sophistication in our home but have always been passionate about the Kinfolk style and natural tones.
All we knew was we didn’t want to lose the charm of the little old home we first bought but wanted to create a modern, open feel at the same time.
We literally started with a blank canvas. Choosing to use lexicon – the whitest of whites – on every wall and adding our flare in our bits and pieces to keep the house feeling warm and welcoming yet easy to change as our style evolves.
Q: How you would describe your interior style?
M: Natural, earthy vibes with a hint of rustic quirk.
Q: What do you love most about living in your house – your favourite room/favourite piece of furniture?
M: We love entertaining and the open plan living area means we can be cooking, whilst watching Moe run around and socializing with friends at the breakfast bar – all at the same time.
When we aren’t socializing, our favourite spot is snuggled up sipping a coffee and reading on the lounge in the late morning as the low winter sun comes in to warm the space.
Q: Can you tell us about the location and what you enjoy most?
M: A-town is central to everything! Great schools, quick car trip to shops and the beach but what we really love is feeling safe in a neighbourhood where you know everyone.
We are surrounded by some really great little local cafes like Pekarna and the Fernleigh Café.
Q: Is it your forever home? If not where to next?!
M: It’s our perfect ‘right now’ home. We are proud of the open space we have created on a shotgun block.
Our use of high ceilings and large windows give a sense of openness and luxury. We plan to hold on to the house but we are young and passionate to own more property in the future, so whether this remains our forever home or an investment we do not know.
Q: Three words you would use to describe your home?
M: Functional, homely, captivating.