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The 1930s Art Deco House in Kensington

Posted Sunday, June 7, 2015 in: Home Envy Before & After

If you are familiar with House Nerd, you might have noticed I love two other things as much as I love old houses - dogs and eating. (I was going to write ‘cooking’ instead of eating, which for purposes of this story would actually probably fit this story better, but while I do love cooking, that would be a bit of a lie as eating > cooking. I could be really brutally honest and put ‘I love dogs and stuffing my face’ but let’s keep this slightly elegant).

Anyway the house I want to show you today perfectly epitomises three of my big loves. It’s a 1930s Art Deco character home, has a renovated kitchen that any foodie would love, and its owners are big animal lovers renowned for the work they do promoting awareness for shelter dog adoption.

KITCHEN DESIGN: Hayley designed another ‘feature piece’ in the home to be the beautiful black Smeg oven, positioned to be noticed as soon as one walked into the kitchen. It’s hung with her gorgeous, display-only ‘feature tea towel’ which Mick knows he will get told off for using. Photos by Heather Robbins of Red Images Fine Photography.

Betsy poses in Mick's office. The wall map was from TYPO. Photos by Heather Robbins of Red Images Fine Photography.

THE FRONT LOUNGE: The front door opens directly into the front lounge, which sets an elegant, stylish feel with its fireplace and high, ornate ceilings. The mirror was from Freedom. Photos by Heather Robbins of Red Images Fine Photography.

This is the home of my friend Hayley Gardner, 30, an interior designer for Weststyle Design & Development, her fiancé Mick Prendiville, 28, a brand manager for Prendiville Group, and their two lovely dogs, Jeffy, a Ridgeback cross Kelpie, and little Betsy (Griffin x terrier x bits of everything). Mick and Hayley are crazy about dogs and work on initiatives which raise awareness for dog rescue programs, including Sheltered (Instagram @shelteredproject) and IHART (Instagram @ihart_project), and like you might expect, theirs is the kind of home where the dogs reign supreme – and Heather and I had such a fun time shooting them in it! Jeffy and Betsy love having their photo taken – their modelling skills put even Nala to shame (sorry, Nahls).

Mick and Hayley got engaged not long ago, after first moving in together with their respective dogs. Jeffy was Mick’s pet, and Betsy was Hayley’s long-time pooch – and the two canines didn’t exactly see eye-to-eye in the beginning, so much so that Hayley even worried they might not be able to co-habit at all. Thankfully, they have now settled into a comfortable acceptance.

This house is the first place Hayley and Mick bought together – they started their (very short!) house-hunting search in Kensington around about this time last year, with a nice garden for the dogs top of the wish list.

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