Selling In The City Season 1

Selling In The City S1 Episode 4: Richmond


Rosie and Paddy head to Richmond in Victoria for what is their most challenging project to date. 

Richmond, sitting between Melbourne’s classic north and south divide, is a place of contradictions, where highly curated retailers sit side by side with boarded-up shopfronts.  From the cheap-eats on Victoria Street to the start-up-savvy eateries on Swan, the suburb hums with restaurants, music venues and eclectic clothes shops.  A vast proportion of the residents of Richmond are also absolutely sports mad!

For Tom and Rhyl, recently married, and who have lived in their two-bedroom, one bathroom workers’ cottage for three years, it’s time to move on.  They want to start a family and upsize to a home, in the same area, that will provide the space they need to grow.

The couple’s hurdle is to transform their compact workers’ cottage into a more upmarket, entertainer’s paradise – one that will attract $1.7M, which is the current price of a bigger property than theirs in the same area.  Their home has been valued at between $1.2 and $1.4M.

Enter Rosie and Paddy, who have been given a budget of $140K to achieve their most ambitious transformation to date.

They start scoping for ideas by dropping in for some pre-dinner drinks at a dinner party – the perfect way to get a feeling for the local demographic, while checking out the way space is used for entertaining.

They feel a bold move is key to pulling the project off – a complete reshuffle of the floorplan and the addition of an extra room!  With the rich mix of people, personalities and cultures in Richmond, they choose a neutral palette, utilising texture to elevate the aesthetic.

Rosie chooses the warm white of Wattyl Calcium for all walls, skirtings, architraves and ceilings.  This creates the perfect canvas for the neutral textures she introduces in the form of soft furnishings, rugs and artworks.

The kitchen is moved so it opens directly onto the garden – and a mix of sleek cabinetry and textured stone is chosen so as blend seamlessly with the adjoining lounge and dining space.

A radical – and inspired – move is to introduce a second bathroom, off the main bedroom. 

Cleverly Rosie plays with the theme of ‘opposites attract’ by choosing a darker, matte palette for the ensuite, using the beautiful soft, putty colour of Wattyl Vitesse on the walls, and a lighter, gloss palette for the main bathroom.

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