It's Hard to Pick a Fave Room in This Interior Designer's Cozy Australian Home

It's Hard to Pick a Fave Room in This Interior Designer's Cozy Australian Home

Hannah Puechmarin
Nov 27, 2018

Name: Danielle Turek, her husband, dogs
Location: Chelmer — Brisbane, Australia
Size: 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms
Years lived in: 2 years, renting

I had been unsure of how to describe this gorgeous home, but luckily Danielle knows herself well. She describes her style as "very eclectic," but to that I would also add that her style is a little bit luxe, as she makes statements in her home with big lamps and lush furnishings and textures. Working in Brisbane as an interior designer, Danielle seamlessly mixes secondhand finds to create a unified look in her home.

Danielle moved to Brisbane two years ago from Townsville in North Queensland, with many of her pieces following her. The home she currently rents with her husband is a 1940s Arts & Crafts architecture style house, with the main living areas occupying the ground floor of the home, while the master suite is on the second floor and looks out through the leafy neighborhood surrounds via dormer windows.

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Apartment Therapy Survey:

My Style: Very eclectic, a touch of tribal, love of junk.

Inspiration: I tend to find inspiration in a piece of furniture, fabric, or a natural element.

Favorite Element: Main bedroom, set high in the trees.

Biggest Challenge: Renting means we have not been able to change the hard surfaces.

What Friends Say: Cozy. Everyone loves the quirkiness of this house.

Biggest Embarrassment: None!?

Proudest DIY: Once I recovered a three-seat sofa.

Biggest Indulgence: Buying fresh flowers and scented candles weekly.

Best Advice: Be yourself, don't overthink it. If you love it you can make it work.

Dream Sources: Antique and second-hand stores—I am always in them.


With most of Danielle's furnishings sourced secondhand, there aren't many to link to. However here are just a few standout items:

Vintage carousel horse — Virgils Antiques in Townsville

Belgian Slope Sofa — Freedom
Castus Sill Cushions — Generally Worn
Rugs, all vintage — Brisbane Antique Centre
Saddle Bag Ottoman — Estate Sale Auction

Vintage Table — The Old Boathouse
Vintage Chairs — eBay

Vintage Bedsides and Lamps
Ralph Lauren Fabric Headboard
Artwork all by Danielle's father

Thanks, Danielle!

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