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of the bor­der. Greg Natale takes his dark and chic in­te­rior de­sign sig­na­ture south

De­signer Greg Natale in­dulged his love of moody hues in the so­phis­ti­cated in­te­ri­ors of this grand Mel­bourne home.

This page Gold ac­cents en­liven the so­phis­ti­cated tones of the liv­ing room. Oly ‘Stella’ shelv­ing unit, Oly ‘Rory’ mir­ror and ‘Ade­line’ co ee ta­ble from Coco Repub­lic. Porta Ro­mana ‘Hon­ey­comb’ side ta­ble from South Pacic Fab­rics. Ironies ‘Henri’ brass side ta­ble from Kneedler Fauchère, LA. Minotti ‘Dubu et’ sofa from De De Ce sit s on a Greg Natale ‘Cir­cles’ rug from De­signer Rugs. John Boone ‘Ra­di­ance’ chan­de­lier. Op­po­site page The clas­sic por­tico of the 1930s Ge­or­gian re­vival house.

Th­ese pages A pair of ‘Ade­line’ co ee ta­bles from Coco Repub­lic an­chor the liv­ing room. One holds an ab­stract sculp­ture by Kelly Wearstler. Porta Ro­mana ‘Hon­ey­comb’ side ta­bles from South Pacic Fab­rics ank a Minotti ‘Dubu et’ sofa from De De Ce. Greg Natale ‘Cir­cles’ rug from De­signer Rugs. Fritz Hansen ‘Egg’ and ‘Swan’ chairs in the back­ground. Sal­vador Dalí ‘Bra­celli’ lamp by BD Barcelona from Ke-Zu. ‘Sinkiang’ silk wall­pa­per from Eurowalls. Op­po­site page Porta Ro­mana ‘Hon­ey­comb’ con­sole. Vases from Meizai. Art­work is Lines on White by Terri Brooks.

With its clas­si­cal por­tico lead­ing into a cav­ernous hall­way adorned with pil­lars, mar­ble oors and a sweep­ing stair­case, this 1930s Ge­or­gian re­vival home in Mel­bourne’s south­east knows how to make an en­trance. Ev­ery­thing is played out on a grand scale. But it’s also home to a large, young fam­ily and in that it pre­sented a siz­able chal­lenge to in­te­rior de­signer Greg Natale – how to give th­ese am­ple, el­e­gant spa­ces a hu­man scale, with­out di­min­ish­ing their drama and spec­ta­cle.

When the own­ers signed on the dot­ted line in early 2013, they were drawn to the home’s gen­er­ous pro­por­tions which in­cluded two huge sit­ting ar­eas, a sep­a­rate din­ing room, study and me­dia room, and seven bed­rooms. They were also se­duced by the man­i­cured gar­den with its per­gola, ca­bana, pool and ten­nis court.

But, hav­ing been ren­o­vated 10 years pre­vi­ously, the home fea­tured a bl­iz­zard of white walls and car­pets, cream cur­tains and blond tim­bers, while a mod­ern ex­ten­sion with an in­for­mal liv­ing area and kitchen jarred with the orig­i­nal struc­ture. Says the owner, “It was dated and re ected some­one else’s style. We wanted warmer, darker tones.”

“The house had amaz­ing bones, but it was bland and the rooms were dis­jointed, with no ow,” adds Greg. “The entry es­pe­cially was huge and over­pow­er­ing. We wanted to add in­ti­macy with lay­ers and tex­tures.” From beige to bril­liant, he worked his magic in just six months. Luck­ily, the only struc­tural work re­quired was the re­moval of a wall between the main bed­room and the en­suite to cre­ate a par­ents’ open-plan re­treat.

An im­me­di­ate task was to bring warmth to the hall­way. Greg in­stalled a pan­elled ceil­ing to de­liver more hu­man scale and stuc­coed the walls in rich, moody char­coal to add tex­ture. Sim­i­larly, a rug in ze­bra stripes soft­ens the mar­ble oor­ing and adds in­for­mal­ity to a struc­tured space. A con­tem­po­rary

This page Rollo ‘Clus­ter 10’ pen­dant lights from ECC Light­ing + Fur­ni­ture hang above the kitchen bench. An­dreu World ‘Carlotta’ bar stools from Ke-Zu. Ar­ling­ton brass bowl from Plan­ta­tion. Join­ery in Amer­i­can oak cus­tom stained. Minotti ‘Pow­ell’ sofa from De De Ce in the fam­ily room. De­sign­ers Guild ‘Kel­ston’ parch­ment wall­pa­per from Rad­ford Fur­nish­ings. Art­work is It Was All Yel­low by Keren See­lander. Floor­ing is Eterno Grande Euro­pean oak from Tongue n Groove. Op­po­site page Cus­tom din­ing ta­ble from Holly Hunt with ‘Avalon’ chairs from Kelly Wearstler. Bolier ‘Domi­cile’ cab­i­net from Cavit & Co. Art Moderne star mir­ror from Laura Kin­cade. Kelly Wearstler ‘Pop’ bowl. Gae­tano Sci­o­lari chan­de­lier from 1stdibs. Can­dle­sticks by Ar­te­ri­ors from Boyd Blue. Greg Natale ‘Chevron’ rug from De­signer Rugs.

Greg re­placed an or­di­nary kitchen with some­thing more ur­bane. “It was in­spired by hospi­tal­ity de­sign. It feels like a bar with its brass shelv­ing and aged mir­ror pan­elling.”

chan­de­lier, a fuch­sia Kelly Wearstler ‘Souf e’ chair and a huge round ot­toman lend the nish­ing our­ishes.

Greg ap­plied other tex­tured wall treat­ments through­out. With silk wall­pa­pers in the for­mal ar­eas and the main bed­room, and grass weaves in the din­ing room, fam­ily room and me­dia room, “there was no painted plas­ter­board left”, he says. “Th­ese nishes cre­ate luxe, layering and mood.”

Mean­while, he re­placed an or­di­nary kitchen with some­thing more ur­bane. “It was in­spired by hospi­tal­ity de­sign,” he says. “It feels like a bar with its brass shelv­ing and aged mir­ror pan­elling.”

New Euro­pean oak tim­ber in her­ring­bone re­placed the of­fwhite liv­ing room car­pet, and Greg had the ex­ist­ing tim­ber oors in the fam­ily liv­ing area, study and din­ing room stained to cre­ate so­phis­ti­ca­tion. Pan­elling in the study was re­tained but teamed with dark-stained oors and ceil­ing, a geo­met­ric rug and tub chairs, it de­liv­ers a club-like am­bi­ence.

The rich, moody palette also helps tame the home’s di­men­sions. “My sig­na­ture style is dark colour, such as char­coal and grey on grey,” says Greg. “For­tu­nately, the own­ers also love dark in­te­ri­ors, with a pop of colour here and there. It’s off­set by brass, cop­per and gold ac­cents in the fur­nish­ings, light­ing and ac­ces­sories. The con­tem­po­rary fur­ni­ture adds an ex­tra layer, another el­e­ment. ”

For Greg, the for­mal lounge room is one of his all-time favourites, while the owner has a dif­fer­ent favourite. “We spend 95 per cent of our time in the fam­ily liv­ing and kitchen area,” she says. “It’s warm and cosy, an in­ti­mate space in a rel­a­tively large house.”

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» In 2013, a Mel­bourne cou­ple with a large fam­ily bought a sprawl­ing 1930s brick man­sion in the city’s south­east. » Its Ge­or­gian re­vival ar­chi­tec­ture, lav­ish pro­por­tions and well-es­tab­lished gar­den were ma­jor draw­cards. But the decor in whites and beiges with blond tim­bers was bland, dated and not suited to the needs of an ac­tive young fam­ily. » They en­listed in­te­rior de­signer Greg Natale to bring more hu­man scale into the home with­out com­pro­mis­ing its spec­ta­cle and drama. » Greg’s sig­na­ture dark grey palette is cou­pled with geo­met­ric pat­terns, and tex­ture in silk and grass weave wall­pa­pers, stuc­coed walls and richly stained tim­bers, with pops of bold colour in the fur­ni­ture. This page A pair of Minotti ‘Quinn’ arm­chairs from De De Ce in the main bed­room on a Greg Natale ’Tom’ car­pet from De­signer Rugs. Baker Fur­ni­ture ‘Quarry Ac­cent’ side ta­ble from Cavit & Co. Ro­manzo bed­spread from Analu. Op­po­site page, clock­wise from top le Clas­sic lines by the pool. ‘Hamil­ton’ bed and Archipenko bed­side ta­ble from De De Ce. ‘Atollo’ lamp from Euroluce. Paint­ing is by Adrian Lock­hart. Honed Gri­gio Car­nico mar­ble from RMS Mar­ble and Labir­into Nero mo­saics from Bisazza in the en­suite. Wall sconce from Jonathan Brown­ing Stu­dios, San Fran­cisco.

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