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Watch Offspring? Are you suffering from the 'Nina effect' yet?

I live in Sydney. My whole life is in Sydney. So why was I recently on a real Estate app looking at warehouses in Melbourne’s Fitzroy?

Offspring; more specifically, Nina Proudman’s house.

Apparently I’m not the only one fantacising about the weathered front door, the exposed brick interiors, the industrial chic kitchen, the French doors that open onto the courtyard. Sigh. You just don’t get that cool warehouse-aesthetic in Sydney. Well, not for shy of two million dollars.

There’s recently been a rise in the number of young people looking for property in the inner city Melbourne suburbs of Fitzroy, Collingwood and Brunwick.

News Corp reports:

THE ‘Nina effect’ is bringing more young people to the inner northern suburbs of Melbourne.

The popularity of Ten’s hit show Offspring, set largely in Fitzroy, Collingwood and and North Fitzroy, is thought to be driving the trend.

Property developer Martin Strode said the region’s troubled past was giving the northern suburbs a character that appealed to young professionals.

Apart from the stellar cast and complex plot-lines, the other reason why I watch the show (*cough Patrick*) is for the effortlessly cool interiors. I haven’t wanted to live inside a character’s house this much since Carrie Bradshaw was on our screens.

Nina’s house belongs to Australian artist Adriane Strampp. She bought the former hanger factory in Collingwood 12 years ago, and lives there with her daughter Lucy.

Living room: The stunning textured artwork pictured above the sofa, Ghost Garden (2010), which features in many scenes is also by homeowner Adriane Strampp.  If you love this print, but an artwork is out of your budget. It may interest you to know that Adriane will be releasing a limited edition print from the Ghost Garden series. To stay up to date with the release date (I’m predicting a sell out) head over to her website here. (Image: dearpopculturefloss.blogspot.com)

Bedroom: The Baby Tree lamp on Nina’s bedside table is by Melbourne-based design studio Pierre and Charlotte.  And I’d just like to point out that Patrick’s appearance in these shots is completely coincidental. (Image: Channel 10 Offspring Pinterest.)

The Nancy Bird bed linen was custom made for the show, but you can find similar covers and cushions on their website. Other linen throughout the series is by Harvest Textiles, Kip & Co., Ink and Spindle and Spacecraft.


The artwork above the bed is by Rosetta Santucci and you can find a list of the artist’s available works here.


Kitchen: the centrepiece of Nina’s/Adrianne’s kitchen is the classic AGA stove. Warning: they’re pricey but they can reduce your heating bills as they warm the whole house, so there’s that? For similar rustic cutlery, crockery and homewares try The Junk Company, Tarlo & Graham, Guy Matthews Vintage Industrial Furniture and Doug up on Bourke in Sydney.

Have you been watching Offspring lately? Are you also craving a warehouse?