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‘It assaults my senses in the best possible way’

Written by The ReReport

Julia Green is one of Australia’s best-known interior stylists. Her company is Greenhouse Interiors, which includes an online store

Where do you live?

In Barwon Heads, Victoria, with my husband, Adam, our two children and a labradoodle. Our home is a concrete bunker a short golf-buggy ride to the beach, a big reason for moving here.

What property do you own?

Just this house. At one point, we owned (well, the bank owned) three properties, but with kids and school fees, we’ve settled on the one property to reduce the risks. Property is not our focus right now. It’s more about the security of a roof over our heads and being the best parents we can be. And we can deal with property again one day when the kids move out — which I’m told might never happen!

What do you love most about your home?

That it is my absolute sanctuary. The moment I pull into our street, I wind down the car windows and stick my head out like a dog and inhale the sea air. I love the ocean — the sound and colours. It assaults my senses in the best possible way.

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Most memorable home?

The first beach house Adam and I bought, which I have a recurring dream about at least once a week. Selling it is the only regret I have. Our eldest son learnt to walk on the sand, and each day started with a surf with him in our arms. It was a peaceful time, a stark contrast to the pace of life these days.

First foot on the property ladder?

An apartment in St Kilda. I saved a deposit by the age of 22 and while my friends were out sinking their money on beer, I bought a property with Adam. I could see rent was dead money. I am also a Cancerian and home means everything to me.

Are you a keen or reluctant property buyer?

I’ve been both. Adam and I were gung-ho, pre-kids, and now we are far more conservative.

How many homes have you ever bought and ever sold?

Bought five and sold four.

Best property advice you’ve heard?

Jump in. Procrastination holds many back. And go hard before kids. That is what set us up, I think. We’ve always borrowed within our means, but did push ourselves hard before children as we wanted to have one of us at home while they were young.

Future property plans?

We’ve been here four years and I’m almost ready to tackle a new look — my husband will break into a rash when he reads this. It’s going to have to be pretty special, though. We might end up staying here and invest in a Melbourne pad and I can get my decorating fix that way.

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