Inside the stylish shop-top apartment of Tina from House of Elliott
I’ve always wanted to live above a shop. Partly because of my fond early childhood memories living above our family business, but mostly because I just love shops. Especially cluttered bookshops, bakeries and boutique furniture shops, shops with oodles of soul. Welcome to the latter, the amazing home of Tina Elliott, which is directly above her furniture shop and interior design business, House of Elliott.
When Tina first bought the Victorian building five years ago it was completely derelict. She spent a solid year bringing the 300 square metre building back to life and oh my, what an incredible job she has done.
When I arrive at the top of the stairs it feels as though we have stepped out of inner city Newcastle and into downtown New York, everything is perfectly oversized. The open plan home is a mixture of French industrial, classical, quirky and New York loft style. When Tina buys for her shop, she only buys pieces that have soul, pieces that are both beautiful and useful and make you want to touch them. Her home is no different, I wanted to touch and enjoy everything.
From the top of the stairs, my eye is drawn to the main dining room, with a huge baroque mirror, table fit for a king and brick feature walls. I love that it is not saved as a formal dining space, but enjoyed with her children most nights for dinner.
There is so much to look at in this beautiful home. It is layered with character and texture, making it truly divine.
The kitchen bench is a four-metre piece of solid timber sourced from Port Macquarie. Even though there are many elements of luxe in the home, it is the
kitchen and stunning timber bench that make it inviting and family friendly.
It's hard to choose a favourite piece in the house, bit I think this is mine. It's the scale and shape of this beautiful cabinet, from one of Tina’s favourite suppliers in Melbourne. When moving in, the removalists told Tina, "If you ever move out, we’re not taking it down the stairs," I guess it's heavy.