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A beautifully renewed 1930s Queenslander full of personality

A love of colour makes this couple’s home a celebration of vibrant design.
A cottage-style kitchen with green cupboards and a marble island.Photography: Hannah Puechmarin / Styling: Hayley Jenkin

When entering the Brisbane home of Lloyd Hodgkinson and his husband David, there are no prizes for guessing the couple aren’t minimalists. Greeted with a jungle of indoor plants, colourful walls, a profusion of pattern and antique finds, their personalities and passions shine within their cosy Queenslander.

A 1930s Queenslander with light green timber cladding.
Rather than the bold colours that feature inside, outside the look is softer, with weatherboards painted in Dulux Willow Leaf, accents and stairs in Dulux Thicket and trims in Dulux White Verdict Quarter. Trailing plants spill from baskets and pots alongside neat topiary balls and an Emac & Lawton ‘Stanmore’ outdoor sconce in Antique Silver. (Photography: Hannah Puechmarin / Styling: Hayley Jenkin)

“It’s maximalist, biographical, classic and, most importantly, comfortable,” says Lloyd, who’s known for the bright, individualised homes he creates as principal of Oliver Mark Interiors. “This is our first home and, incredibly, it was the first home we inspected when we began searching. We instantly fell in love with the charm of the period detailing and unique character that can’t be replicated in newer constructions.”

An entry hall with a bright green door surrounded by plants.
This cheery 1935 Queenslander is a far cry from the beige home that interior designer Lloyd Hodgkinson and his husband David purchased nine years ago. The original sun room and entrance is now one of the only white spaces in the home, forming an indoor greenhouse to journey through. “We intentionally kept this room white to act as a sort of ‘palate cleanser’ to the bright yellow living area it steps into,” says Lloyd. The front door is painted in Dulux Grass Court, while the floral Bidjar rug is from The Rug Establishment. (Photography: Hannah Puechmarin / Styling: Hayley Jenkin)

Who lives here?

Interior designer Lloyd Hodgkinson, his husband David, who owns a salon, the couple’s 20-year-old Cockatiel Muffy, and chickens Gilma, Vernal, Joyce and Elva.
Best decision you made? Lloyd: “Renovating our kitchen. It not only significantly improved the aesthetic appeal but also the functionality and overall comfort. It has become another room we now dine and entertain in.”
Biggest renovating splurge? “Most definitely the kitchen and bathroom! We both had a very hard time compromising, so the investment was significant. But we don’t regret any of it. Each space brings us so much joy.”
What’s next on the agenda? “The laundry and some light landscaping at the front of the property.”

Owners David and Lloyd holding chickens in the garden.
David (left) and Lloyd (right), pictured with feathered friends Gilma and Elva. (Photography: Hannah Puechmarin / Styling: Hayley Jenkin)

The home’s bones were solid, but the kitchen and bathroom needed an update, as did the beige-on-beige interior. Although eager to add their own stamp, the couple took a gradual approach over nine years as their time and budget permitted.

A bright yellow living room looking into a kitchen with white cabinets.
The vibrant yellow living area painted in Dulux Sunbound. (Photography: Hannah Puechmarin / Styling: Hayley Jenkin)

“When we first moved in, the only furniture we owned were two terribly uncomfortable suede sofas, a bed, bookcase and a $30 plastic folding table from Bunnings, which sat in our dining room for six years until we could afford the antique table that we truly desired,” recalls Lloyd.

Living room

One of the first steps was painting the interior white to create a fresh canvas, which helped Lloyd and David assess each space and consider how they wanted to live and feel within them.

A bright yellow living room with a green sofa and large floral artwork.
A 19th century French occasional chair from The Antique Guild was reupholstered in cheerful ‘Citron Squiggle’ by Sibyl Colefax & John Fowler to complement the living area. Facing it is a vintage armchair the couple reupholstered with ‘Rockbird’ in Indigo by GP & J Baker. (Photography: Hannah Puechmarin / Styling: Hayley Jenkin)

Injecting personal style was also paramount for the avid collectors. Every window presented an opportunity for drapes, with lampshades, bedheads, chairs and cushions also avenues for textures and prints.

A glass coffee table with books and a painted seashell box.
An antique coffee table laden with books is grounded by a rug from The Rug Establishment. (Photography: Hannah Puechmarin / Styling: Hayley Jenkin)

It took about 15 sample pots before the couple spotted Dulux Sunbound – the perfect golden hue for the living area. “Yellow can be a divisive colour, but I’ve found it’s a very easy colour to live with,” shares Lloyd. “It is like a neutral in the sense that you can add almost any accent colour.” Doing just that, the space is boldly furnished with a custom fringed sofa by Wills Bisgrove in ‘Sahara’ Racing Green from Kirkby Design.

A bright yellow living room with a vase of sunflowers and green sofa.
The Anna Fitzpatrick artwork above is flanked by custom ledges holding 18th century vessels. (Photography: Hannah Puechmarin / Styling: Hayley Jenkin)

Kitchen

On the cusp of their kitchen renovation, a pivotal moment was visiting Anna Spiro’s Melbourne home, which Lloyd says solidified his “design DNA”. “Anna’s kitchen is painted pale yellow, with an incredible bright purple island bench and orange internals. As soon as we saw it, we knew committing to bold colours was what we wanted to do.”

A cottage-style kitchen with green cupboards and a marble island.
A white kitchen was never on the cards for the couple, who grappled with the existing dysfunctional layout and dreary scheme for years before this vast transformation. “We swapped the location of the sink and oven to improve flow and efficiency, and introduced a large window to overlook the garden,” says Lloyd. Fittingly, the Roman blind features culinary-themed fabric: ‘Le Marche’ in Blanc from Pierre Frey. (Photography: Hannah Puechmarin / Styling: Hayley Jenkin)

Inspired to create a home that sparked joy, a vibrant fitout followed, with a glorious green kitchen, sunny living area, moody bedrooms, a blue-infused office and a bathroom in soft pink.

An open green china cabinet.
Glossy new cabinetry is in Dulux Jungle Adventure, with benchtops of Calacatta Viola from SNB Stone. (Photography: Hannah Puechmarin / Styling: Hayley Jenkin)

“Beyond the physical comfort, it really encompasses a sense of emotional wellbeing and contentment that comes from surrounding yourself with elements like textures, lighting, patterns, books and flowers,” says Lloyd.

Brass pots hanging above a bowl of tomatoes on a marble bench.
Gleaming pans cosy up the kitchen. (Photography: Hannah Puechmarin / Styling: Hayley Jenkin)

Dining room

A Hudson Furniture hutch painted in Dulux Bengal Blue is a stately feature in the dining space. It is joined by an antique English oak sideboard, which sits below a decoupage artwork with majolica plates grouped on either side.

A yellow dining room with a wooden dining table and flooring and a blue cabinet.
“They’re mostly 19th century and from various makers such as Wedgwood, George Jones, Mintons and Joseph Holdcroft,” says Lloyd of the majolica plates. (Photography: Hannah Puechmarin / Styling: Hayley Jenkin)

“Entertaining friends and family is a great passion of ours. David cooks and I set the table.”

Lloyd
A blue painted cabinet with books and a bar nook.
The Hudson Furniture hutch painted in Dulux Bengal Blue. (Photography: Hannah Puechmarin / Styling: Hayley Jenkin)

One of the couple’s favourite settings is their Il Viaggio di Nettuno tableware and Serenk napery from Peter’s of Kensington.

An orange and green plate set on a placemat on the dining table.
The Casa Mia dining chairs are covered with Ottoline ‘Sporty Stripes’ in Green. (Photography: Hannah Puechmarin / Styling: Hayley Jenkin)

Guest bedroom

Far from an afterthought, visitors are treated to their own cosy room clad with VJ-panelled walls in Porter’s Paints Braidwood. A bedhead upholstered in Braquenié ‘Le Grand Corail’ in Rouge Fond Crème offers an explosion of pattern.

A guest bedroom with light pink panelled walls and a floral printed bed.
The Suzani floral throw is from Najaf Rugs & Textiles and the lampshade of marbled paper is a Spiro Store find. Florals continue in the Anna Costa artwork above the bed, which the couple bought on holidays in France. (Photography: Hannah Puechmarin / Styling: Hayley Jenkin)

From bold geometric shapes to quirky motifs, stripes and florals, the abundance of pattern adds interest and depth. “For us, spaces that are vibrant and expressive – filled with the richness of colour, texture and pattern – bring a sense of joy, comfort and inspiration,” says Lloyd. “While some people may not take such a heavy-handed approach, we’re maximalists so the more layers, the merrier.” For a range of fabric, visit Elliott Clarke.

We love… pattern play
A wall gallery with charcoal drawings over a vintage style cabinet.
Original heliogravures by Georges Braque, Henri Matisse and Francisco Bores hang on either side of the cabinet. (Photography: Hannah Puechmarin / Styling: Hayley Jenkin)
A bed with white and pink floral linens.
In the guest room, the cute scalloped pillowcases are from Pigott’s Store. (Photography: Hannah Puechmarin / Styling: Hayley Jenkin)

Main bedroom

Walls in Dulux Ceylon Tea cocoon the couple’s retreat. The feast of fabrics includes a throw from Slowdown Studio, a bedhead in Jim Thompson ‘Garden Party’ in Orangerie, and a Roman blind in Rubelli ‘Quatrefoil’ in Lavender.

A bright main bedroom with an orange printed bedhead, purple curtains and brown panel walls.
The bedhead in Jim Thompson ‘Garden Party’ in Orangerie. (Photography: Hannah Puechmarin / Styling: Hayley Jenkin)

“Most artworks are antique engravings that we have collected over the years. We commissioned the large nude artwork above the bed by Brisbane artist Sheryl Whimp,” shares Lloyd.

A vintage style dressing table with a lamp and purple flowers.
In the main bedroom, antique drawers join vintage works and a Cromwell mirror. (Photography: Hannah Puechmarin / Styling: Hayley Jenkin)

Bathroom

The home’s original bathroom was “beige-on-beige and depressing,” recalls Lloyd, who transformed the space. “Rather than a glass shower screen, we felt a cotton embroidered shower curtain was beautifully soft and chic,” he says of the addition from Annie Selke.

A pink and white marble bathroom with mosaic floor tiles.
Pierre Frey ‘Kimono’ wallpaper in Cerisier acts as a soft backdrop for an original Georges Braque heliogravure. (Photography: Hannah Puechmarin / Styling: Hayley Jenkin)

Calacatta Oro subways line the walls, with Syvota marble floor mosaics and a border of Indian green marble, all from Urban Tile Company.

Pink wallpapered bathroom walls above a marble vanity.
A vintage painting from France. Bloomingdales Lighting sconces wear custom shades in an ikat fabric from Style Revolutionary. (Photography: Hannah Puechmarin / Styling: Hayley Jenkin)

The bathroom vanity is topped with Calacatta Viola marble from SNB Stone, with Brodware tapware in Brushed Nordic Brass adding to the luxurious ambience.

A marble vanity with matching tiled walls and a vintage style mirror.
The bathroom vanity in Calacatta Viola marble from SNB Stone. (Photography: Hannah Puechmarin / Styling: Hayley Jenkin)

Study

Each room has its own personality and in the office, walls in Dulux Black Drop create a calming canvas. “It’s a jacaranda blue,” says Lloyd.

A study with a vintage timber and glass writing desk.
The 1820s mahogany secretaire, from Michael Allen Antiques, holds a selection of the couple’s vast book collection. (Photography: Hannah Puechmarin / Styling: Hayley Jenkin)

“I feel truly connected to our home and what we’ve created, and for the time being it’s more than enough,” adds Lloyd.

Books and a small plant sitting on a timber writing desk.
The cabinet of curiosities in the study. (Photography: Hannah Puechmarin / Styling: Hayley Jenkin)

Interior design: Oliver Mark Interiors, olivermark.au.

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