Before & After: A Rundown Brisbane Cottage Turns Into a Ravishing, Modern Home

Before & After: A Rundown Brisbane Cottage Turns Into a Ravishing, Modern Home

By Michele Koh Morollo
A design duo transform an 1871 Australian cottage into a bright and breezy home with a vibrant kitchen at its core.

When design blogger Geneva Vanderzeil and her partner, architect and interior designer Ben McCarthy, purchased their first house together in Brisbane, Australia, there was no denying the property needed a lot of work. Amped for the challenge, the design duo rolled up their sleeves and conducted an extensive DIY renovation, remodeling the rundown 1871 cottage into a charming, open-plan home with a versatile kitchen.

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