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A tour of Benji and Zoe Marshall’s former family home

Their California Bungalow is a calm oasis nestled in Sydney's inner west.
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There is much to love about the renovated inner west Sydney home formerly belonging to NRL legend Benji Marshall, his media personality and podcasting wife Zoe and the couple’s super-cute kids – curly topped (now) four-year-old Fox and baby Ever.

Take the personalised “The Marshalls” welcome mat out front, the chic, soothing palette throughout, a fabulous black and white photo wall near the entranceway, filled with family memories, and then there’s that gorgeous garden out back that looks like it’s been there for decades.

Following the addition of daughter Ever to the Marshall family mid 2021, the couple sold this beautiful home for $2,815,000 in Feburary 2022 and purchased a new home in Hunters Hill for a reported $4.75 million.

With five bedrooms, four bathrooms and plenty of entertaining space, the couple carried out a luxe renovation to the property, where Home Beautiful visited them recently.

Take a tour.

Modern kitchen with tinted mirror splashback
(Photography: Chris Warnes | Styling: Stephanie Powell)

“I wanted our home to be beautiful but still really liveable,” says Zoe, who worked with architect and interior designer Laura Stanton of Stanton Architects to give the home a makeover.

Contemporary dining room with velvet chairs
In the dining room calm hues of an abstract piece (artist unknown) are matched by a pewter ‘Elsa’ rug in Cloud Grey from Castlery and chairs from West Elm, reupholstered by JMC Upholstery in dusty pink hues. (Photography: Chris Warnes | Styling: Stephanie Powell)

The pair switched out lights for contemporary styles, fitted luxurious drapes to replace blinds and swapped around the dining and lounge rooms to make the most of that beautiful outlook out back.

“I believe that you need to have artwork that makes you feel a certain way,” says Zoe. “I’m quite into manifesting and visualisation and if you have something that is dark, that has a bit of angst in it, I feel like you’re bringing that into your home. With these pieces there was complete calm and a sense of joy.”

Line art above a mid-century inspired timber console
A whimsical artwork by Alexandria Park for AJP Studio is another favourite and works tonally with curvy ceramics from Marloe Marloe. (The chic ‘Lily’ sideboard is from Castlery). “It’s really important to be calm,” says Zoe. “Because the world out there is chaos.” (Photography: Chris Warnes | Styling: Stephanie Powell)

While Benji happily admits to deferring to his wife in all things decorating – “She’s the boss,” he says. “I know that I don’t really have an eye for anything that looks good, so I just leave it up to her” – there are some things that called for compromise. Firstly, the couch. “As a man who loves to watch his sport on the TV, the couch is the number one thing for me, everything else is fine,” he says.

Benji Marshall on sofa with son
Benji and Fox relax on Benji’s much-loved super-deep ‘Long Beach’ style from Lounge Lovers. “Coming home to this guy is alway fun. I thought it used to be, but it’s even more so now,” says Benji. (Photography: Chris Warnes | Styling: Stephanie Powell)

The couple also have their own bedrooms, as Benji was “sick of being kicked in the ribs to get out for snoring,” Zoe says. “I go to bed early and he’s late to bed,” says Zoe. “And I wasn’t on to him about cleaning his room and crap everywhere.” Feminine colours and fabrics, including luxurious bed linen, fill Zoe’s room (below), while a repurposed lamp using a Kmart shade ticks the bargain buy box.

The result is a masculine space of Benji’s own, filled with deep navy linen and enough space for Benji and the couple’s two dogs, Lucky and Mila, to have a good night’s rest.

Zoe Marshall bedroom pink
Zoe’s room is all plush prettiness and five-star appeal. “My bedroom is my sanctuary,” says Zoe. “And the only time we’re not together is when we are asleep.” (Photography: Chris Warnes | Styling: Stephanie Powell)
Benji Marshall bedroom with striped blue linen
Simple and streamlined, Benji’s bedroom combines the deep blues of Pillow Talk linen with an understated bed and artwork from Zanui and curtains from Drape Co. (Photography: Chris Warnes | Styling: Stephanie Powell)

“There’s just an energy about the house that is really good in here now,” says Zoe of her made-over home. “And I had it blessed again by a beautiful friend of mine who knows how to sage. The last time I ‘saged’ in New Zealand we got robbed – so don’t sage if you’re not sure what you’re doing.”

Zoe and Benji Marshall baby nursery
The customised Kingdom Home wallpaper formed the style starting point for Fox’s room with Zoe’s feeding chair – a sentimental favourite – reupholstered by JMC Upholstery. (Photography: Chris Warnes | Styling: Stephanie Powell)

While Benji is a fan of the very stylish spaces his wife has now created, home will always be where his favourite people are. “It sounds cheesy, but home is where the heart is,” he says with a smile. “And when I’m away from these guys, it’s never going to be home.”

Zoe and Benji Marshall outdoor dining area
“It’s kind of like a modern tribal vibe,” says Zoe of the outdoor dining room that, with its stunning Zanui dining table and chairs and handmade crockery from Zakkia, is set for summer drinks. A beautifully lush pot plant from Captain Monstera continues the holiday-at-home feel. “This I kept alive,” remarks Zoe. (Photography: Chris Warnes | Styling: Stephanie Powell)
Zoe Marshall at home with Benji
(Photography: Chris Warnes | Styling: Stephanie Powell)

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