Glass artists Matthew Curtis and Harriet Schwarzrock transform old home
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Glass artists Matthew Curtis and Harriet Schwarzrock transform old home

Glass artists Matthew Curtis and Harriet Schwarzrock have transformed a decrepit old house into a quirky, colourful and nicely cluttered home, writes Sally Pryor.

THE HOME
A three-bedroom house set back from a main road in Queanbeyan

WHO LIVES HERE
Glass artists Matthew Curtis, who run a glass art studio in the backyard, and their two sons, Oscar, 14 and Hugo, 11, two large dogs, a cat and a pet snake.

Fly away home: This bird was an Etsy find.

Fly away home: This bird was an Etsy find.

WHAT WE DID
We bought the property 11 years ago without seeing the whole thing, the place was far worse than anticipated – one of the back rooms looked

"It was a bit of a mess, so we had to work really hard to get this place to a liveable standard," says Curtis.

Home sweet home: There is large painting by Queanbeyan artist Claire Primrose behind the sofa. Curtis double-glazed the windows.

Home sweet home: There is large painting by Queanbeyan artist Claire Primrose behind the sofa. Curtis double-glazed the windows.

Photo: Rohan Thomson
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He cleared out several skips' worth of junk, pulled down internal walls, sanded the floorboards, double-glazed and insulated the whole house, fixed the plumbing and the wiring. Since then, they have turned one bedroom into an extra living space, added a master bedroom out the back and painted many of the walls rich, bright colours. The house is furnished with reclaimed bits and pieces and eBay finds, the kitchen has Ikea cabinets and custom-made steel benchtops, and the walls are covered with artworks – both their own and works by people they know.

OUR FAVOURITE ROOM

THE HOOD