If there was time-lapse footage of Antra Lanskis’ garden, it would reveal a constant state of metamorphosis over the past 18 years, reflecting the journey of her family’s life in their inner-city Melbourne home.
“The garden has evolved with each stage of our children’s lives,” says Antra, an interior designer who runs her business, Taupeology, from the home she shares with her husband, Andy, and children Maxime, 22, and Mia, 19.
A cubbyhouse, trampoline and innumerable soccer balls have all had their place here. “Then, when both kids were in their teens, about six years ago, we were ready for a change,” says Antra.
Antra’s original idea was to create zones that could accommodate two generations. “We wanted a fire pit zone, a barbecue area, an outdoor dining space and a lounge area,” she says. “Different spaces so young people and adults could enjoy the garden at same time, separately.” Antra turned to Amanda Oliver Gardens to help with the spatial planning. While her vision has refined over time, the legacy of her visit to the Majorelle Garden remains alive in Antra’s garden. “That garden was a revelation. It taught me that gardens can shift your mood.
“I feel we’ve achieved a sense of that here, in the middle of the city. At any time of day we can come out here and catch a special moment.”
Australian House & Garden
Photos: Martina Gemmola
Story: Elizabeth Wilson