Taking Lessons from the Dillons' Australian Dream Home

Taking Lessons from the Dillons' Australian Dream Home

Jason Loper
Feb 1, 2012

One of the fun things about looking at inspiring spaces on the web and in magazines is trying to figure out how we can replicate the same style in our own homes, on our own budgets. Let's see what we can learn from this absolutely gorgeous dream home in Brisbane.

When I saw John and Cathy Dillon's home on Dwell, I ooohed and aaahed at every single photo. It's the kind of home that inspires envy, especially when viewed from an 800 square foot apartment in dreary, wintry Chicago. But instead of being envious, I'm deciding to look for the lessons I can take from their impeccable home.

Marrying the outdoors to the inside of the home will make it feel larger. Of course, we don't all live in warm climates or even in spaces with large windows. It's important, however, to make the best use of the windows and natural light we do have. Keep curtains and blinds light, leaving as much of the window uncovered as possible.

Keeping the walls and floors light and neutral creates a larger looking space. Sure, the main reason the Dillon's home looks expansive is that it is! But it also appears larger because they kept the walls and floors neutral, creating a blank canvas for the furniture and other belongings. Visually, the light colors fall away, creating the illusion of more space.

Use wood to warm up a space. Of course, if the home was all white or beige it would feel a bit antiseptic. Using natural wood, whether in furniture or as a feature wall, will instantly warm up a space.

Keep it clean. It may be a struggle, but keeping surfaces clear and clutter free will make any space feel larger and more inviting.

See more photos and read about the couple's inspiration for designing the home — Dwell: Seamless Living in Brisbane

Images: David Sandison/Dwell

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