How two empty-nesters refreshed their weatherboard home

Take inspiration from some of Australia’s best living spaces. Laden with art and treasured antiques, this Edwardian weatherboard home has had an empty-nest refresh.

Anna at the kitchen bench, by Bloom Interior Design, while the cabinetry was designed by LNP Schade Cabinets. Credit:Armelle Habub

The home
A two-storey, four-bedroom Edwardian weatherboard in Melbourne’s inner-eastern suburbs.

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Who lives here
Miguel Meirelles, an antiques dealer, Anna Meirelles, a workplace coach who also manages their boutique country accommodation, Casa & Co, and Luna the labrador.

“We bought planning to be here for two years,” says Anna, in the lounge room with Miguel. “But three renovations and 26 years later we still love it.”

“We bought planning to be here for two years,” says Anna, in the lounge room with Miguel. “But three renovations and 26 years later we still love it.”Credit:Armelle Habib

What we did
“The renovation was an internal rearrangement and refresh for our ‘empty nest’ stage,” says Anna. “We worked together with Bloom Interior Design’s Terri Shannon, who was fantastic.”

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Our favourite room
“The dining area, as it’s so comfortable and relaxing and filled with antiques and other pieces we love,” says Anna.

A bedside table in mahogany, brass and Carrara marble and a Louis XVI medallion-back chair grace the main bedroom. The painting is by David Bromley.

A bedside table in mahogany, brass and Carrara marble and a Louis XVI medallion-back chair grace the main bedroom. The painting is by David Bromley.Credit:Armelle Habib

The ’hood
“Our neighbours are the best thing about the area, and everything is so close, including Miguel’s antique shop.”

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Future plans
“We’re yet to complete landscaping the garden,” says Anna.

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