Jaggad HQ interior designer’s property journey

Romy Dankner is an interior designer. Her business is Homeroom Studio.

Where do you live?

In Caulfield South, with my husband, Roy, daughter Maya, sons Nadav and Asher, and our little fur baby, Luna.

What do you love most about your home?

The kitchen and family room. We love to cook and entertain, and we all gravitate around the large island counter or sink into our sofa for nights around the log fireplace. It’s a space where we create so many memories.

Have you changed anything?

We extended the property by adding a main bedroom with a walk-in wardrobe and ensuite. We also added a home office and the kitchen and family room. Our family was growing, so the extra spaces were needed.

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Most memorable home you’ve lived in?

Our little apartment in Tel Aviv, Israel. It was a special time in our lives when we lived amid the hustle and bustle of the city and were within walking distance of the beach, shops and cafes. It was very small but had charm.

First foot on the property ladder?

After returning to Melbourne 17 years ago, I was determined to build for the first time. I wasn’t a designer then, but I have always been creative and in awe of the building process. We bought a block of land in Caulfield South, subdivided it and built our first townhouse.

Are you a keen or reluctant property buyer?

I always find purchasing property an emotional rollercoaster of patience, excitement, research (and many tears). But I love buying property and developing it. Watching these creations come to life is magic.

How many homes have you ever bought?

Five homes, which we have developed before moving on to our next adventure.

Highlights of your property journey?

The incredible amount of information I have learnt over the years. We have always built to sell, which has helped me understand what most people prefer, the areas to focus on and how to build on a budget.

The lowlights?

One of the builders went bankrupt during one of our builds. It was a tense time when trades stopped coming to work. Navigating this process was very stressful.

Tips for homebuyers?

Buy something you can add value to. Perhaps renovate a bathroom, change the layout to

create open spaces or add bedrooms. Not only will you inject your own creativity, if you

choose to sell, you are already one step in front.

Future property plans?

We have bought land and are building our “forever” home. Our kids are entering their teens

now, so our needs and wants have shifted. I have been loving the process using my creativity

to create something unique and beautiful. You can follow the build on Instagram, via #ivoryhousecaulfield

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