Thursday 21 September 2017

House Envy: The House Built with Love!

This is a special post in our House Envy series. I can't really call it House Envy, though this home is extra special, absolutely stunning, exceptionally styled and it will be the envy of everyone who reads this blog post! But let's differ on this one and call it House Envy Love!

To mark International Childhood Cancer Awareness Month in 2017, Children’s Cancer Institute, McDonald Jones Homes and Walker Corporation have joined forces to undertake an extraordinary challenge of building a house in just 28 days! This is such a wonderful way to raise vital funds that will go towards raising awareness for Childhood Cancer and also finding ways to beat the disease that has touched the lives of so many.
Work on building the house began on Monday 21 August, 2017 in the picturesque town of Appin, Walker’s newest community in Greater Western Sydney. The Appin community have been hugely enthusiastic in coming together to support Build for a Cure, including families touched by childhood cancer.

Not only has this fully-furnished, luxury four bedroom home been donated, but selfless volunteers have come together to donate their time and skill to build it. Every partner, every tradie and all materials have been sourced free of charge. The build has been organised by McDonald Jones Homes and the real estate services are being donated by Di Mez Real Estate and The Block celebrity auctioneer Damien Cooley. The four bedroom house has been fully furnished for free by Winning Appliances, Fisher & Paykel and Freedom. 

"This is my third Build for a Cure, it is always the highlight of my year, it gives me an opportunity to use my creativity and design skills to help towards saving lives and for that I feel honoured and humble", says Jill Clements, Senior Interior Decorator from Freedom. "The style we've used has a relaxed but luxurious contemporary feel. We've introduced some of this seasons colours and textures which include rich greens, navy and burnished brass. We've layered velvets and linens, alongside some interesting more raw textures. Our overall design caters for a family and everyday comfort."

17th September was the big reveal supported by Children’s Cancer Institute campaign ambassador -The Block's Scott Cam on the fun family day. I'm so excited to share photos of the stunning reveal of the Build for a Cure home with you all, so let's take a walk through this gorgeous home that has been an absolute labour... a labour of love!

Every aspect of this four bedroom luxury family home has been designed and styled to perfection with meticulous attention to detail. 

"In terms of design we have incorporated a mix of themes to create an eclectic style- a combination of mid-century modern and industrial chic. We've taken inspiration from designers such as Arne Jacobson for the simple yet elegant and functional elements, Charles and Ray Eames modern and abstract flair is reflected in the choice of flooring." says Jennie Princehorn from MyChoice Design Studio. "The colour palette has been drawn out of the trends which we are exposed to today, simple tones with bold and edgy accents and the shower screens, tapware and accessories are an example of this using matt black fittings and fixtures to express this emotion."
The House Built with Love will be auctioned off by The Block celebrity auctioneer Damien Cooley on 22 October. The fully furnished four-bedroom home is anticipated to fetch $680,000-plus from the auction with all proceeds from the sale going directly to Children’s Cancer Institute’s vital research. 
To find out a little about Children’s Cancer Institute and the fantastic work they do, you can watch this video: Declan’s Story. (Warning: You might need an extra large box of tissues. I did.)

Till next time... together we will cure childhood cancer. It’s not if, it’s when.  


A huge thank you to Eva Martin from Children’s Cancer Institute for organising exclusive photos and interview quotes for La Maison Jolie.

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