Emily Green and Louis Turner’s lives have changed a lot since they bought their house in 2013, but their house hasn’t!

Since buying this 1930s weatherboard house back in 2013, the couple have welcomed two children into the world (Lotte, 6, and Jens, 3,), and Emily opened her Preston store Pinky’s alongside her friend Beckie Littler.

Emily’s eponymous label has also gone from strength to strength over this time, with her accessories now stocked across the globe. 

Emily and Louis house hunted for six months before finally coming across this Reservoir property. The house, with its recently renovated kitchen and bathroom, was the perfect fresh and neutral canvas for their growing family. 

‘I actually cried on our way home from the first inspection because it was so great and there was so much competition at auctions at the time that I thought we would definitely miss out on it!’ Emily says.

Fortunately the couple were successful, leaving the couple little to do but add plenty of colour! ‘Lotte’s room is a yummy pink – Dulux Lily Legs Half – and Jens’ room is a pale icy blue – Hindsight Quarter,’ says Emily. ‘I also couldn’t resist a pale lilac Opus Half feature wall in our hallway!’ 

More colour in the form of artworks, plants, and handmade pieces dotted throughout the home also provide a distinctly ‘Emily’ look and feel. ‘After being a designer/maker in Melbourne for the past 10 years or so, and from opening Pinky’s, I have become friends with a lot of other designers and makers,’ Emily says. ‘Our house is filled with the work of local makers and artists whose work I love.’ 

More recently, the family converted their garage into a multi-purpose space used for sleeping, playing, relaxing, working and exercising. 

The family of four love spending time in their big backyard and deck, which is a haven away from the home’s busy road. They’ve also enjoyed watching Reservoir evolve over the past seven years, which now sees new places to eat and drink opening regularly.

‘When you have kids you also become more connected to your area through spending lots of time walking the burbs and going to local cafes and playgrounds. We now have lots of friends and their kids who live locally, too,’ Emily says. ‘This house has always felt like our home because it is the first house we owned, and we had our kids here. It has changed and evolved with us as we have grown as a family.’

‘This mantle is like my shrine! I love to mix it around as I add to pieces to my collection,’ Emily says. Lampshade by Dale Hardiman. Fresh flowers from Georgie Boy. Top left artwork is by Jennifer Tyers. Artwork underneath is by Elizabeth Barnett. Geometric artwork on the right is by Emma Lipscombe. Large black and white vase by Iggy & Lou Lou. Loopy sculpture on coffee table by Bettina Willner-Browne. Piped vase on coffee table by Ebony Russell. Tiled coffee table by P0ly.

Ceramics on mantle from L-R: Jessilla Rogers. Yellow familia figurine by Studio Arhoj. Pink/black vase by Kirsten Perry. Checked sculpture by Anna Varendorff x Pot Head Ceramics. White lustre vase by Ebony Russell. Plate and blue vase by Leah Jackson. Mug by Danielle Maugeri. Vase by Studio Arhoj. Sculpture by Kirsten Perry. Candle holder by Ebony Russell. Vase with handles by Tessy King. Diamond vase by Esther Sandler. Photo – Caitlin Mills for The Design Files. Styling – Annie Portelli

Artwork by Emma Lipscombe. Mug by Danielle Maugeri. Vase by Studio Arhoj. S Sculpture by Kirsten Perry. Candle holder by Ebony Russell of Piped Dream Studio (‘Ebony made these pieces exclusively for us at Pinky’s – I actually studied teaching with her many years ago!’ says Emily) Vase with handles by Tessy King. Diamond vase by Esther Sandler. Photo – Caitlin Mills for The Design Files. Styling – Annie Portelli

Emily, Louis, Lotte (6); and Jens (3). Collage artwork by Emily Green. Sydney print by Ken Done. Bench by Pop & Scott. Paint colour is Dulux Opus Half. Photo – Caitlin Mills for The Design Files. Styling – Annie Portelli

Fresh flowers via Georgie Boy. Elizabeth Barnett painting on left. Geometric artwork on right by Emma Lipscombe.

Ceramics on mantle from L-R: Jessilla Rogers. Yellow familia figurine by Studio Arhoj. Pink/black vase by Kirsten Perry. Checked sculpture by Anna Varendorff x Pot Head Ceramics. White lustre vase by Ebony Russell. Plate and blue vase by Leah Jackson. Mug by Danielle Maugeri. Vase by Studio Arhoj. Sculpture by Kirsten Perry. Candle holder by Ebony Russell. Vase with handles by Tessy King. Diamond vase by Esther Sandler.

Photo – Caitlin Mills for The Design Files. Styling – Annie Portelli.

Magpie print by Madeleine Stamer. Large black and white vase by Iggy & Lou Lou. Brass mobile by Juno + Ace. Cushion on armchair by Togetherness Design. Photo – Caitlin Mills for The Design Files. Styling – Annie Portelli

Piped vase by Ebony Russell of Piped Dream Studio. Loopy sculpture by Bettina Willner-Browne. Black vase by Esther Sandler. Tiled coffee table by P0ly. Flowers by Georgie Boy. Photo – Caitlin Mills for The Design Files. Styling – Annie Portelli.

‘We love that the kitchen window opens out onto the back deck. It’s a fun house for entertaining and for keeping an eye on the kids while they play in the garden,’ says Emily. Photo – Caitlin Mills for The Design Files. Styling – Annie Portelli.

Vintage Danish light from Grandfather’s Axe. Chairs by Dowel Jones. Flowers by Georgie Boy. Above window: Green screen-printed artwork by Gail English found at Camberwell market. Burning house wooden figure by Sandra Eterovic. Photo – Caitlin Mills for The Design Files. Styling – Annie Portelli.

Bookshelf by Like Butter. Flower artwork by Kirra Jamison. Bench in entrance by Pop & Scott. Photo – Caitlin Mills for The Design Files. Styling – Annie Portelli.

Red, orange and black vase by Iggy and Lou Lou. White vase on left by Takeawei. Brick sculpture and mug with eyes by Kirsten Perry. Dotty cup and white vessel by Leah Jackson. Lunch Lady magazines (‘Great recipes and helpful parenting advice. I refer back to these frequently!’ says Emily). Photo – Caitlin Mills for The Design Files. Styling – Annie Portelli.

Wattle photograph by Lisa Sorgini. Poppies photograph by Skinny Wolf. Photograph by Bill Henson. Bedside lamp by Lightly. Round vase by Bettina Willner-Browne. White vase by Leah Jackson. Lazy Daisy cushion by Milly Sleeping. Quilt cover from Sage and Clare. Pillow case by Suku Home. Photo – Caitlin Mills for The Design Files. Styling – Annie Portelli.

Lotte’s bedroom. Large Fragola collage print by Emily Green. Chandelier also by Emily, which she actually made for The Design Files Open House back in the day! Black floral screenprint by Claire Nereim of Planet Planet. Ceramic moth by Esther Sandler. Bedlinen by Kip&Co and Rachel Castle of Castle and Things. Koala toy by Maiike. Vintage Flotaki rug. Paint colour is Dulux Lily Legs Half. Photo – Caitlin Mills for The Design Files. Styling – Annie Portelli

Jens’ bedroom. Vintage Ken Done bedlinen. Floor rug by Chiaozza for Ikea. Paint colour is Dulux Hindsight Quarter. Artworks L-R: Textile artwork by Shuh, with painted wooden piece on top by Leah Bartholomew. Grey spotty dog painting and ceramic circle above are both by Min Pin. Framed tea towel by Lucas Grogan from Third Drawer Down. Photo – Caitlin Mills for The Design Files. Styling – Annie Portelli.

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