House Crashing: Stunning In Sydney

We love personally crashing every house that we feature but this amazing casa was just too far away (as in, Sydney Australia) to drop in on. Not to worry, we decided that holding back the amazing eye candy was just too cruel, so we opted to “virtually” house crash Max and her husband Peter’s home after they invited us to have a little look-see. They’re the masterminds behind Murchison-Hume, an amazing and eco line of posh cleaning products that are even carried here in the states by shops like Anthropologie (stay tuned for a YHL giveaway with them in April). Max and Peter live in an unbelievably inviting and organized home with their two adorable boys named Charlie and Ben. But enough jibber jabber. Here’s their house. Oh and you might recognize it from this Apartment Therapy House Tour, but we snagged tons of never-before-seen pics so you can enjoy every inch of their home (just keep a napkin nearby to catch the drool).

First we have their kitchen complete with a charming chalkboard wall. They ripped out the old 1980s cupboards in 2007 and replaced them with customized IKEA “Lack” shelving instead. It’s basically an IKEA kitchen with fancy knobs that Max imported from Restoration Hardware. She’s so happy with it, she wouldn’t change a thing. And we think the idea of bringing in Ikea bookcases to create an open pantry is a seriously genius idea. Yeah, we weren’t kidding about the drool factor here.

How much fun is that sweet and functional chalkboard wall that they use for everything from reminders and shopping lists to an “art spot” for the kids? So simple yet so chic.

And speaking of chic, it’s no surprise that their bathroom is sleek and organized- especially since they’re all about keeping everything crisp and clean thanks to their cleaning line. Everything from the diamond paned windows to the gorgeous mosaic floors have us oohing and ahhing up a storm, and simple ideas like storing bathroom stuff in glass containers and on clean-lined ceramic trays can definitely be implemented in your very own home to add some spa to your loo just like Max and Peter did.

As you’d imagine, their laundry room is just as sorted and orderly. Not only do they keep extra cleaning samples on hand, but they even manage to make things like an iron and an ironing board look downright stylish. And even though Max and Peter don’t have a single linen closet (talk about a challenge!) they used an inexpensive Ikea Expedit bookcase to create an organized and functional stash spot for everything from linens to laundry soap and more.

If it weren’t already blatantly obvious, their children are super lucky to enjoy such a cozy and livable home. Case in point, here’s six-year-old Charlie’s room.

Max says: “Charlie’s room is all about toys and access. I bought that another amazing IKEA Expedit bookshelf (a modern classic, if you ask me) and some nice looking baskets and that is how he manages to play in there and tidy his room almost all by himself at the end of each day.”

Gotta love a house that looks good and works so well with little ones- especially when it even encourages them to clean up after themselves!

And we can’t forget about ten-year-old Ben’s room, which also works double-duty as Max’s office during the day.

“Yes, It’s tiny but it keeps me virtually paperless (there’s no room for files). It’s amazing what you can get away with these days…” she says. A woman after my own heart!

We just love how Max accessorizes every surface with things that never feel too precious but always create interesting vignettes (all while keeping function and organization in the forefront of her arrangements).

Here’s Max and Peter’s master bedroom. We love the chic asian influences and the simple tone on tone curtains and bedding. It’s certainly not one of those gigantic master bedrooms and we love that they prove that it doesn’t take square footage to create something inviting and lovely.

Warning: if you’re anything like us, here’s where the pangs of jealousy will really kick in. As in: owww. Check out their amazing backyard cabana surrounded by their gorgeously lush lawn:

They transformed the garden in 2007 with clean-lined pavers (that happened to be discontinued and on sale) along with a custom made awning. It has virtually doubled their living space and it’s where they do all of their entertaining. Pretty dreamy, eh?

Max says that their yard isn’t large but it’s all that they need. We agree that their private and lush lot proves that less really can be more- especially when it’s so green and gorgeous!

So that’s the amazing casa that we wish we could have shot in the flesh for ya. Thankfully Max’s great photos really paint a gorgeous picture of their home and we’re thrilled to share the virtual inspiration with you guys. What do you think? Are you fighting off those envious feelings? Are you marveling at their smart and economical choices that look like a million bucks? Ikea bookcases in the laundry room, bedroom and even the kitchen! Discount pavers! Chalkboard paint! It’s all pretty genius. What do you guys like best? Let’s play the what’s-your-favorite-part game. And thanks so much to Max, Peter, Charlie, and Ben for virtually opening up their doors to us. Next time we’re in the neighborhood we might just come a knocking for even more photos. Hey, a girl can dream, can’t she?

Psst- Wanna see more House Crashing tours? We have a slew of them right here (no foot wiping or hostess gifts necessary).


  1. says

    I love love the backyard, especially since our backyard is just as small, unfortunately we don’t have the covered patio-but I love the lushness of the yard.

  2. Laura H. says

    I absolutely love their carpet… Kind of random, but it’s just so beautiful! I’m totally not a patterned carpet person, but that just give the right amount of texture, and looks stunning with the blue walls of Charlie’s room. Very impressed by that bold (yet somehow subtle!) choice…

    I hope Max does stop by, because I’d love some first hand insight to that chalkboard wall! These have popped up everywhere over the last year, and while I love it, the “mess of it” has always scared me away from pursuing it! I wonder if the chalk dust is a pain? I think it’d drive me batty to have the erased chalk marks all over! :)

  3. says

    I love the bookcases in the kitchen. What a fantastic idea! I was already designing our new kitchen straight off the IKEA website. Those are sooooo getting added. Thanks as always for providing great inspiration!

  4. says

    excuse me while i wipe the drool from my desk. wow. seriously amazing stuff going on in every corner of their house. i love the cabana and i actually really love their storage ideas – we live in a 1939 house with no linen closets and are constantly space challenged.
    thanks so much for sharing!

  5. says

    LOVE that cabana! It’s got me thinking about what we could potentially do with our sad little concrete patio in our backyard.
    Awesome organization for the kids rooms too. It’s so much nicer than kid toys all over the floor!

  6. says

    I think my favorite part is how she mixes the soothing colors with white, and also how she makes it easy for her kids to clean up. Everything has a place.

  7. says

    This house is 100%, without a doubt, COMPLETELY my style. I wonder if they’re looking for a roomate?

    And hey, if not, I would be curious to see what the paint color in Ben’s room is :)

  8. says

    I have to ask: Do people with open shelving in their kitchens actually cook in them? I can’t imagine cleaning flour dust and grim and splattered fat and spills off of everything. Not that I’m a total mess in the kitchen but in the heat of everything, well, I just know how my back splashes look after cooking and baking a big meal.

    I love the look of it but all I can think is, “Man, I hope that person has a professional housekeeper.

  9. says

    Okay, these people are behind a cleaning product line. How did I miss that the first time around and why am I amused that I brought up “professional cleaner” when these people obviously are?!

  10. Christin says

    Absolutely AH-MAY-ZING! The stroage ideas are fantastic. My hubby and I are always short on space and there are some great ideas in there. Their backyard is gorgeous. Though in the midwest here, it’d be a 4 or 5 month of the year space to use – I’d still love it! I really love the kid stuff storage space ideas. We don’t have kids yet, but when we do I’d LOVE to be able to make it so that toys aren’t just everywhere. Will certainly be coming back to this post for ideas as we improve our space. Thanks!! :)

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