A Perfect Melbourne Home for a Creative Couple – House Tour

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(Image credit: Natalie Jeffcott)

Name: Dawn Tan and Darren Lee

Location: Yarraville – Melbourne, Australia

Size: 2647 square feet

Years lived in: Rented 2.5 years

Dawn Tan is a Melbourne-based artist and school teacher who draws inspiration in art from her love of food and travel. Darren is a mostly desk-bound policy wonk but also photographer who is very fascinated by his travels with Dawn. As soon as you enter this single-fronted weatherboard home you are greeted with treasured photographs, like Dawn and Darren’s favorite wedding day photo, an engagement group shot, photos from their honeymoon in New York and a trip to London. These photos are accompanied by various toys that were used as wedding and engagement cake toppers…

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