Pleased to reveal one of our recent jobs as we look back on the story, inspirations and outcomes of this beautiful home which features in the latest Home Beautiful Magazine to hit the shelves today! The client of this beautiful home located in Underwood, is a multi-generational family who custom designed the home to individually suit their unique living arrangement. The inhabitants of the home are a young couple with two small children, as well as the young couple’s parents . To accommodate the needs of the family, the home is uniquely separated into 2 individual dwellings under the one roof. Upon entering the property, the space opens up into a large communal double height courtyard, featuring large palm trees framed in geometrically shaped built out planters. This communal space connects the two individual dwellings on both ground level and a passage way above. We were engaged to give each building a unique sense of home while still maintaining a stylistic connection between the two dwellings.
The young family inhabit the first house which spans across both levels, with the living spaces downstairs and the bedrooms and media room across the top level of house 1 and part of house 2. The remainder of the second house is occupied by the grandparents, with separate living, dining, kitchen spaces as well as a master suite, study and guest bedroom. All surfaces and hard finishes are the same throughout the entirety both of the homes.
Together the family wanted the property to evoke a strong feeling of home which enabled relaxation and reflected the inhabitant’s heritage, aesthetic and cultural values. Our biggest challenge was to create distinct sense of style and atmosphere for each individual home which architecturally, were very similar to each other. We approached this by considering each of the homes as a separate project that reflected the individual style and taste of the inhabitants but worked cohesively together.
We saw the styling of the central shared space as the bridge to connect the two individual aesthetics. In this space we used a modern rug, accessories and art to complement Mohammed and Fatema’s home but deep, rich colours with gold detailing to complement Ebrahim and Farida’s home. In the entry of the home, we also re-framed and hung meaningful religious texts, which have been in the family for years to reflect the owner’s heritage and culture.
The young family wanted a fresh and modern feeling to their new home. They weren’t adverse to colour and wanted to bring in natural textures and fibres. With one young child and another on the way the selections had to be child friendly and suitable for family life. We worked towards a modern Australian aesthetic with this home which reflected the bush setting outlook and directed the colour scheme throughout. This aesthetic was reflected in the fabric selections throughout, which were individually selected from small fabric houses with a quirky modern feel for originality and youthfulness. Relaxed natural weaves such as linens were used to contrast with the clients existing modern and streamlined beds and sofas. We also added synthetic linen-look window treatments and natural grass cloth-look wallpaper for durability and to add depth and warmth to the space.
The older couple wanted a much richer more mature style and feel, to reflect their personalities and create a calm space they feel they can retreat too. A jewelry box theme was developed for the space with rich materials, dark timbers, and exotic patterns used. The colour selections began with the green velvet dining chairs the client had previously purchased. To complement the green velvet the designers adding burgundy, mustard, navy and robin’s egg blue to the mix.
Textural fabrics were used in the lounge space to soften the existing modern leather sofa. A silk handwoven rug was chosen for the floor with an Italian walnut coffee table adding a sculptural element to the space. The curves on the occasional chairs mirror the coffee table and make the space flow. The seating is arranged for conversational as the couple do not watch television in the space. To balance the formality of the lounge space the same linen look window treatments used in a lighter colour to those in the other dwelling.
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