At Home with Designer Lucy Bock

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    Interior designer Lucy Bock welcomes est inside her bespoke Victorian-era alteration and addition in Brunswick, which she shares with her husband and their two young children.

    Lucy Bock has sensitively restored her quaint double-fronted Victorian home in inner-city Melbourne through a modern rear extension. Showcasing the designer’s signature hand at bold jewel-tones and meticulous curation, the three-bedroom home has maintained its Victorian charm with an underlying contemporary edge throughout. Playful colour-blocked rooms and a gentle balance of old and new, Lucy’s family home reflects what her design studio are best known for – striking interiors with a distinct flair. 

    Wandering down the original Victorian hallway, a clear transition to the new addition is marked by a lilac archway, connecting the heritage front to the angular new space. The flooring switches from pale oak floorboards to polished concrete, further emphasising the shift between spaces. It’s this open-plan layout that Lucy enjoys most, where you’ll find a tonal feast of ‘midnight plum’ bricks, teal and purple hues. 

    The Strips Sofa designed by Cini Boeri for Arflex reigns supreme in the centre of the living room, upholstered in a deep blue velvet. Lucy says it provides the perfect space to sit, relax and recharge by the traditional wood fireplace. “I especially love cold winter days where we can get the fire going for cozy bedtime stories with my children, or listen to music with a good gin and tonic in hand,” Lucy says.

    Lucy hails from Tasmania, so as you’d expect, her favourite artwork in her home is a piece from Tasmanian artist Philip Wolfhagen that hangs in the living room. “This painting has special significance and connects me to family memories and the remote Tasmanian wilderness,” Lucy says.

    The designer’s affinity for purple and blue surfaces throughout her home as it does in the recently completed Toorak House. Deep grape joinery in the kitchen with integrated appliances contrasts the light terrazzo bench. “I love a kitchen that is bespoke and detailed, as to me the kitchen is the heart of a home,” Lucy says. Her kitchen features a custom Elba marble chopping board which she says is the perfect place to locate items such as colourful blooms, sculptures and objects.

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    The Gubi Y dining table and Series 7 dining chairs by Arne Jacobsen for Fritz Hansen are illuminated by the Atelier Areti Mimosa Pendant in the dining space. 

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    The cornflower blue of the Series 7 dining chairs designed by Arne Jacobsen for Fritz Hansen reappears in the bedroom cabinetry, punctuating through the white walls, bed linen, furniture and lighting. “Feature lighting, loose furniture and artworks provide bold and expressive layers to the home which reflect my love of colour, style and form,” Lucy affirms.

    Lucy’s family home is functional and elegant, exemplifying the designer’s unconventional and ambitious approach to design. At a time where we’ve all collectively had to spend more time indoors, Lucy says her home has become her family’s own little world – a place for learning, working, sharing, creating and relaxing. “I feel so lucky to call this place my home and to share it with the people I love most,” she says.

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    Artwork by Mason Kimber and Sean Bailey. It’s here where Lucy spends most of her time entertaining. “I especially enjoy having friends over for long chats around the dining table,” she says.

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    A clear transition to the new addition is marked by a streamlined lilac archway.

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    The Tab LED T by Flos on the Vitra Metal Side Table in the bedroom. Artwork by Amber Wallis.

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    The Atollo 235 by Oluce in the bedroom.

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    The muted lilac bathroom features INAX Japanese tiles softened by an Elba marble vanity.

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