A Victorian worker's cottage made modern


Heather Nette King

The home of Georgie and Lu Marks in inner east Melbourne.

The home of Georgie and Lu Marks in inner east Melbourne. Photo: Armelle Habib

The home A rundown two-bedroom weatherboard Victorian worker's cottage in Melbourne's inner east that has been renovated into a modern four-bedroom, two-bathroom home with an open-plan kitchen, dining and living room.

Who lives here Interior designers Georgie Marks and her mother, Lu Marks, and their border collie, Mack.

What we did "We bought it in August 2013, then designed our dream space," says Georgie. "We retained the front facade and roof structure, re-pinned the walls to the first three rooms, then added a large extension lined with oversized windows."

“This sofa belonged to baba, my Macedonian grandmother, who kept it in her ‘good room’. When we inherited it, there wasn’t a mark on it.” Click for more photos

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Click through to see how these homebodies transformed their urban abodes. Photo: Jennifer Soo

Our favourite room "It's the living room - while it has all the elements of contemporary design, it still has a wonderful sense of warmth," says Georgie.


The 'hood "We are so close to the Yarra and parkland, and the area is full of cafes and art galleries - best of all we wake to the delicious aromas from Phillippa's Bakery nearby," says Georgie.

Future plans "Lu and I bought the house with the objective of renovating it then 'flipping it' - and although we have fallen in love with it we are looking forward to selling and securing our own independent homes within the next year."


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