Woof of approval … Kate Delves with Missy the spoodle in the open-plan kitchen and dining room.

An appreciation of all things artistic runs deep in the family home of visual merchandiser Kate Delves. The two-storey Victorian terrace in Melbourne's inner north she shares with her husband, Martin, a director of a creative agency, and their daughters, Isabel, 14, and Eloise, 11, is filled with paintings, sculptures and craftworks.

The home had been renovated prior to the Delves' purchasing it in 2008, giving Kate a blank canvas on which to indulge her talent for creating beautiful tableaux. On every surface is a thoughtfully arranged grouping of objects, and the side light well is home to a work in metal and glass by her brother-in-law, sculptor Robert Delves.

In an unusual layout for a terrace home, the ground-floor laundry is luxuriously large. "It's my favourite room, as its size makes washing and ironing bearable," says Kate. "And the marble floor is so cool in summer – we've been known to sleep in there on a hot night."

Winnie pads through the living room. Click for more photos

Home of the week

Winnie pads through the living room. Photo: Jennifer Soo

The view from the front upstairs balcony takes in the treetops of nearby Edinburgh Gardens, and the rear rooms overlook the lush courtyard, where the family gathers for meals and to entertain. But it's on the kitchen roof that Kate has her sights firmly fixed: "One day I'd love to create an edible garden up there."


Photography: Armelle Habib