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Belle Magazine Australia|October 2021
Robyn Lea has photographed interiors all over the world, bringing back pieces laden with memories to fill her own Melbourne home.
CARLI PHILIPS

WHERE DO YOU LIVE?

I live in the Melbourne suburb of Armadale with my husband Tim, our children Issy and Freddie, and our adorable but naughty Beaglier puppy Magnolia.

WHAT INITIALLY APPEALED TO YOU ABOUT THE HOUSE? DID YOU MAKE ANY CHANGES?

The Victorian architecture had appeal, as did the location, which is close to shops, cafes and public transport. We bought it from a family who had raised their children here – it had a wonderful, warm feeling. I knew the home was perfect when I stood under the majestic Magnolia grandiflora tree in the backyard. We did a complete renovation, extending the living areas, and landscaping, while preserving the original trees.

WHAT INFORMED THE SELECTION OF FURNITURE, ART AND FINISHES?

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