Before & After: A Fussy ’70s House in Melbourne Gets a Hygge-Inspired Overhaul

StudioFour swaps the disjointed decor in a Danish couple’s home for a streamlined palette of charcoal brick and light oak.

When clients approached the Melbourne–based firm StudioFour, led by directors Annabelle Berryman and Sarah Henry, to remodel their 1978 home in Malvern, they did not want to erase its past. Instead, being of Danish heritage, they asked the firm for a makeover that would highlight the home’s architectural character and provide a hygge-infused sanctuary for their family of five. The redesign revolves around a streamlined palette of charcoal brick and light oak, with large expanses of glass connecting inside to out, and nostalgic touches that leave the home’s soul intact.

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Melissa Dalton
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Melissa Dalton is a freelance writer in Portland, Oregon, who has been writing for Dwell since 2017. Read more of her work about design and architecture at


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