1960s Mid-Mod Gem Polished and Sparkling Anew | NONAGON.style
1960s Mid-Mod Gem Polished and Sparkling Anew

1960s Mid-Mod Gem Polished and Sparkling Anew

Timeless look warms with wood

Isobel McKenzie
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Isobel McKenzie
on January 2nd 2019
Originally from London, Isobel is enthralled by the curves and lines that make up a city. It's fascinating to see how modern skyscrapers and historic landmarks muddle together. Her Instagram feed @Isobel_McKenzie is usually full of spiral staircases and tall buildings. Can also be found on Twitter.. sometimes.

Warrandyte River House


Simple materials create the perfect backdrop for a family home. Warm wood and white walls are part of a mid-century modern aesthetic that pairs exceptionally well with art, beautiful furniture pieces and a newly refurbished skylight. It’s the table setting to family dinners, entertaining friends, music and laughter.


Originally built in the 1960s, the house was designed by architect Davis S Gordon for his family, with an eye to McGlashan and Everist’s award winning Heide II house built in the same decade. The latest renovation, led by Adie Courtney Architect, saw to many of the maintenance issues and fixed a lot of  the incongruent alterations from over the years. Now the home is warm and inviting. Take a tour!

Mid-century modern living room and kitchen island with warm wood tones and tasteful art | NONAGON.style

“When we first came across the house,” explains architect Adie Courtney, “we knew that the building had good bones, plenty of potential, and a lovely mid-century aesthetic.” But it wasn’t all plain sailing. On the day of the first inspection, the house had been flooded the night before with all of the carpets stripped back and soaked through. “Drainage, pests, services, structure, cladding, lining and the 1980’s fittings and fixtures were all needing renewal — it was a massive task. But we could see that the house had something special.”

Gray sofa swivel chair in mid-century modern living room | NONAGON.style
Stove with ventilation, featuring blue grout backsplash tiles in mid-century modern style home | NONAGON.style

One of the home’s striking features are the timber ceilings, lining the skylight shafts. Courtney describes the skylights “each with differing angles, size and shape, giving a peak view of the eucalyptus canopy above.”


The retro timber look is kept contemporary with timeless decor and modern touches; like in the kitchen. You can see the extraction hood is sleek in design, and the blue grouting makes a feature of the dark colored backsplash tiles.

Timber ceiling and rich wood cabinetry in this mid-century modern inspired home in Australia | NONAGON.style

Given how open plan the central core of the home is, you can imagine how tricky it was to live in the house while work was taking place. But now that it’s complete, the simplicity of the surfaces of wood walls, unadorned concrete, gray and white, all provide the perfect backdrop for art and living.


“We like how the concrete block walls and cedar lined ceilings run from inside to out – seamlessly cutting through the continuous floor to ceiling walls of glass. Really helps connect the interior spaces of home to the garden.”  — Adie Courtney Architect

Mid-century modern living room and sofa with tall windows | NONAGON.style
Outdoor seating and decking in Australian mid-century modern style home | NONAGON.style

Warrandyte Suroundings

“The back deck is a favourite gathering space,” reveals Adie Courtney. It’s a favorite because of “the splayed roof providing shelter but allowing a view up into the treetops.”

Warm wood for a mid-century aesthetic | NONAGON.style
Classic mid-century modern inspired living room with hanging artwork and furniture | NONAGON.style
Living room with tall bookshelf, cozy armchair and relaxing environment | NONAGON.style
Outdoor decking in Australian family home | NONAGON.style

Finding this 1960s gem was a treat, and it has certain received a good polish to make it shine anew. The simple timeless look with mid-century modern aesthetic has provided the perfect backdrop for pops of color in the furniture, art, and a canvas for living.

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