When Briony Goldsmith and Robert Jurcec set out to find their first home together, they were looking for somewhere big enough for their children, that would also allow working from home. When they discovered this Hawthorn home, it didn’t just fit the bill, it was perfect! ‘We found it and couldn’t believe how perfect it was for us, it had everything that we wanted and needed,’ Briony says.
Briony has lived in older Victorian homes in the past, but has come to love the lightness and energy of this recently-built modern home. Among her favourite features are the lush rear courtyard framed by floor-to-ceiling windows, the high ceilings, and how unassuming the house appears from the outside. ‘Everyone gets a shock at how large the place is when they walk in!’ she says.
Living in this house marks the first time Briony and their respective children Maya Jurcec, and Gretchen Ryan, both 9, have lived together. So far it’s been smooth sailing, except for arguments between the grown-ups about whose furniture gets to be in the home! ‘We both had complete homes separately, and we couldn’t fit both of our furniture in,’ explains Briony. Fortunately for her, the home has a Scandinavian feel ideally suited to Briony’s existing Danish furniture pieces. ‘In the end, I won,’ she admits!
Dotted throughout the space are beautiful objects and art that provide a personal touch. ‘I love the energy that gets created when an artist births their vision, whether it be furniture or a painting. By collecting objects and furniture that I love, created by someone that made it from their soul, there is a beautiful energy,’ Briony says. She also has a fondness for crystals, explaining ‘they add to how my home feels, and remind me that I am connected to the earth’.
Other beloved items include Briony’s couch (‘It has stains on it from when I was breastfeeding my daughter, the puppy has scratched it, but it still looks good,’ she says), and the butterfly artwork by Melbourne artist Carla Fletcher. ‘It doesn’t matter where I live, people often comment on the feel of my home,’ Briony says.