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a moment at home with our founder Cindy-lee

Our home is a free-standing converted brick warehouse we bought 6 years ago. Formerly in the Newmarket area which was the premier livestock centre in the1930’s before the Victoria Markets west of Melbourne. You often still see people on horse and carriage trotting up and down the street. I think it was also a motorbike clubhouse at some stage. Read the full story here
Story Heather Nette King – Images Armelle Habib

Who lives here
Cindy-Lee Davies, founder of the Lightly homewares brand, with husband Willie, a photographic retoucher, and their one-year-old son, Teal.

What we did

“We’re partially through an update to a 1990s renovation, having extended the mezzanine upstairs to create a third bedroom, added robes, and installed a home office space,” says Cindy-Lee. “Pipkorn Kilpatrick Interiors drafted the plans, and I am project-managing it.”

Our favourite room

“Both lounge areas have sublime light all year round. Before Teal, the smaller lounge was used for watching films and reading on a Sunday. Now it’s used for family dancing and block building.”

The ‘hood
“It’s just a 20-minute bike ride to work in Collingwood and we love that this area hasn’t been fully gentrified yet.”

Future plans

“The kitchen and two bathrooms are on my hit list.”

Best advice
“My background is in lighting consulting, so I’d suggest using recessed, low-glare, energy-efficient, dimmable LED downlights and indirect lighting such as lamps where possible.”

“Don’t be afraid of colour.”

“Support local designers and artists if you can. Most of our artwork if from artists first or early shows. Invest in a quality, timeless design that resonate with you over cheap, quick fixes.”

Baby Teal at 14 Months.

Planters – Lightly

Furniture – Tre Sekel dining

Muuto – Couch

Lightly cushions 

pendants – lightly

Wall lights – Mondo luce / Euroluce

Downlights – Light project