This Melbourne Home Was Once a Candy Factory!

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The kid in us would hands-down accept an invitation to live in Willy Wonka's chocolate factory. The adult in us is like, "Maybe just a weekend stay?"


How about this as a compromise: Moving into a former Melbourne candy factory that balances playful colors with grown-up decor. Design firm Folk Architects kept the building's industrial facade, but opened up the interior to feel more natural and home-like with wood and marble touches. Still, there are elements that hint at the property's sweet history — like a pink, perforated metal bridge that stretches throughout the upper level. "It's a playful installation and a subtle reference to the site's former industrial history," says architect Christie Petsinis.

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The existing timber floor was left exposed while the walls were coated in Dulux Natural White. The use of white is continued in the living room and kitchen furnishings. Globe-like Glo-Ball suspension lights by Jasper Morrison feel like drops of un-painted candy hanging from the ceiling.

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The pink perforated walkway transitions into a stairway leading to the upstairs bedroom. The rosy metal is a nod to the space's factory past, but also allows for increased air circulation.

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The walkways are coated in Dulux's Fairy Wings.

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While the pink walkway makes a bold statement, it's not saccharine thanks to a restrained color palette throughout the rest of the house.

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The bed is outfitted in linen sheets, a Moroso pillow, and Bemboka blanket hand-embroidered by the architect's grandmother. A plant and planter sit atop an Eero Saarinen Tulip side table manufactured by Knoll.


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