If our first Melbourne house was a riot of family colour our second is a study in well curated neutrals. This Malvern home is a marriage of old and new, with warm caramels, offwhites and beiges lifted, or should that be grounded, by black. It has every Australian’s dream… no not the pool or outdoor kitchen but an open plan kitchen, dining and family living with access to al fresco dining. Open plan is a national obsession here in Oz. Link while it works.