An Edwardian brick house with a Tokyo twist


Heather Nette King

Michelle Mackintosh and Steve Wide in their kitchen.

Michelle Mackintosh and Steve Wide in their kitchen. Photo: Armelle Habib

The home A three-bedroom detached, Edwardian brick house that has been renovated in two stages over the last 13 years. Located in Carlton North, in inner-city Melbourne, the bright, airy home has many original period features.

Who lives here Steve Wide, a writer, indie-club DJ and 3RRR breakfast radio music presenter; Michelle Mackintosh, a book and stationery designer, illustrator and writer; and their cat Bronte. The couple recently collaborated on writing a travel guide to Tokyo's precincts.  

What we did "In 2002, with Ed Ewers Architecture, we renovated the bathroom," says Steve. "Then, in 2009, we did the kitchen and meals area with Fitt De Felice architects, installing brushbox floors, cabinetry, vintage string-system shelving, and sliding glass doors to the garden."  

“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

What is your favourite room? "The combined dining room and kitchen, as the vintage G-Plan table opens out and you can fit 14 people around it, and the sliding doors open right up to merge the garden and the kitchen," says Steve. 


The 'hood "Carlton North has a village atmosphere, but it's so close to the action," says Steve.  

Future plans "Inside, we'd love to build in some more storage, and outside to create a more serious vegetable patch."

Decor tip Collect by colours, designers or eras, and fill your house with things that fill you with joy.