The team behind the Melbourne based Scandinavian Interiors store norsu interiors have been keeping themselves busy this year with a full renovation of Co-Founder Nat Wheeler’s original 1920’s Californian Bungalow in just five short months. Having followed the amazing journey online, I’m delighted to share some of the beautiful imagery with you today. 

For Nat, along with fellow Co-Founder Kristy Sadlier seized the chance to renovate when the Wheeler family purchased the Glen Iris property in late 2017 and the duo saw an opportunity to demonstrate their team’s styling prowess in norsu’s undeniably distinctive aesthetic. 

Catching up with Nat and Kristy lat year in Melbourne, I remember this exciting idea was already brewing. But even knowing first-hand how hard-working and talented these ladies are, the scope and speed of this project has been a surprise! Their work ethic is so inspiring, as is the fact that they were committed to designing and executing a superior look and feel at an affordable level (think flat pack kaboodle Kitchen cabinetry cleverly used as bedroom wardrobes). To help bring their vision to life, norsu partnered with an incredible line up of Australian and International suppliers on the project, including Caesarstone, Dulux, GlobeWest, Godfrey Hirst, Perini Tiles, Smeg and Sussex Taps.

Having thoroughly enjoyed renovating several homes in the past, the decision to capture the journey of this reno was easy states Nat. “We wanted to share the journey with our social media followers and prove that renovating doesn’t have to be an overwhelming experience. Our goal was to show viewers how to apply some creative choices during the renovation process without breaking the bank, while sharing tips on how to confidently select finishes, incorporate colour, create cohesiveness, and of course have some fun along the way.” 

Heading into the project, the plan was to conduct a quick ‘cosmetic renovation’ that most home-owners could confidently tackle on their own, however, after realising the true renovation potential of the house and the ability to make a huge impact without major changes to the existing floorplan, the focus quickly shifted. The result is an open plan, Nordic-inspired practical family home that Nat, together with her husband Dan, and children Annabel (7) and Harvey (4) now lovingly call the norsuHOME.

“After the reno was complete, our day jobs kicked into gear, and we had some serious fun with the styling” states Kristy. “We live and breathe interiors, and truly believe you can create something magical by carefully selecting the right furniture, art and soft furnishings for your home. For us, it’s all about the feeling you get when you walk in that front door. By focusing on the right pieces, tones, placement and layering, you have the ability to create cosiness, joy and warmth which allows guests to instantly connect emotionally with the space.”

This project has been the perfect platform for the norsu team to officially launch their dedicated styling services arm, led by in-house qualified interior designer Lauren Bartlett-Bragg. “If you’re drawn to the norsuHOME and would like assistance recreating this look and feel within your own home, we offer a range of services to suit any budget” says Lauren.

Styling by Beck Simon / Photography by Lisa Cohen

Capturing the entire process on video through an informative, fun and relatable 11 part episode series, the duo share practical reno and styling tips, along with focusing on the various elements to consider when renovating, such as painting, flooring, tiling and lighting. Each episode is supported by detailed commentary from Nat on her personal experiences, learnings, and guidance, along with tips and tricks from their expert suppliers.

The entire series is now available to view at www.norsuhome.com/episodes/ or via their dedicated norsuHOME YouTube ChannelUsing state of the art VR technology, the home has also been captured in a 360 degree format, allowing viewers to virtually walk through the entire home and shop every item from the comfort of their sofa.
Visit norsuhome.com to binge watch the complete series, read all content and take a virtual tour of the home now.

Images courtesy of norsu interiors 

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