VI­SION OF BEAUTY

WORLD­LI­NESS MEETS CHILD-FRIENDLY SMARTS IN THIS CHIC BAY­SIDE HOME IN MEL­BOURNE

Home Beautiful - - {EDITOR’S LETTER} - STORY BELINDA SMART STYLING ALANA LANGAN PHO­TOG­RA­PHY AN­NETTE O’BRIEN

Open the de­li­ciously tangy yel­low front door of this charm­ing weath­er­board cot­tage, and a home un­folds that cap­tures both el­e­gance from abroad and the ul­ti­mate Aus­tralian life­style. A tim­ber en­try­way con­sole holds a quirky, un­fin­ished Chi­nese vase which was found at a fac­tory in Bei­jing, while an an­tique map of the Mediter­ranean also hints at the glo­be­trot­ting past of these wel­com­ing home­own­ers – phar­ma­cist Re­becca, and her hus­band, Robert, a con­sul­tant to re­tail phar­ma­cies. “We trav­elled a lot be­fore we had kids, and now that our pri­or­i­ties have changed we felt it would be lovely to weave those mem­o­ries into the fab­ric of our home,” says Re­becca. Through a mod­ern ex­ten­sion that per­fectly com­ple­ments the orig­i­nal her­itage home, are glimpses of the pool, at the back, that hint at those chang­ing pri­or­i­ties. To­day, the pool is a favourite of daugh­ters Alex, three, and Evie, one, un­der the watch­ful eyes of their par­ents. El­e­gance and a chic Euro­pean flavour in­habit this four-bed­room, two-storey abode in Mel­bourne’s south-east, a re­sult of two dis­tinct phases of ren­o­va­tion. “We did the pe­riod weath­er­board sec­tion first with key up­dates, in­clud­ing dis­pens­ing with the back-of-house bath­room and al­ter­ing the room con­fig­u­ra­tion to en­hance the flow,” says Re­becca. “Many el­e­ments of the orig­i­nal home are un­recog­nis­able now, es­pe­cially some very ‘old-school’ colour schemes!” Next came the mod­ern, light-filled ad­di­tion with soar­ing ceil­ings and sky-high glaz­ing. This space en­com­passes a beau­ti­ful re­fined lounge room – a fi­nal­ist in Home Beau­ti­ful’s Beau­ti­ful Rooms com­pe­ti­tion last year – which is in easy con­ver­sa­tion with the kitchen, a heated al­fresco area, and a home the­atre, more ac­cu­rately de­scribed as a man cave. “That’s what I call the boys’ room,” says Re­becca. “We have daugh­ters, so you’ll know who I mean by ‘boys’!” Meld­ing the home’s pe­riod begin­nings with its con­tem­po­rary add-on, while hon­our­ing both eras, was key to the pair’s brief to in­te­rior de­signer Terri Shan­non of Bloom In­te­rior De­sign, and Sceam Con­struc­tion builders Matthew and Benny. “We re­ally wanted to re­tain that cot­tagey feel, from the Amer­i­can oak floor­boards to smaller de­tails, which our builders helped with,” says the mother-of-two. As Re­becca and Robert both run their own busi­nesses, prac­ti­cal­ity was also a pri­or­ity. “I’d been plan­ning and think­ing about it for about five years, col­lect­ing im­agery from Pin­ter­est, and also from Home Beau­ti­ful,” says Re­becca. “I’ve been a fan for a long time!” The re­sult is a re­laxed, el­e­gant vibe that makes a night on the town seem de­cid­edly sec­ond-rate. “We are all about home en­ter­tain­ing, as many of our friends have young fam­i­lies,” she says. “There’s noth­ing bet­ter than putting the kids to bed and sit­ting in the lounge to en­joy the fire. We wanted a haven – and I think we nailed it!”

DOWN­STAIRS BATH­ROOM An el­e­gant bath­room (above), dec­o­rated with long floor tiles from Tile Lab, works well for both guests and the kids’ bath time. “We cre­ated the step up to al­low for the lux­ury of a bath with­out tak­ing up too much space,” ex­plains Re­becca, who cred­its Mel­bourne bath­room spe­cial­ists Eat Bathe Live for this room’s suc­cess. “We love the huge win­dow, and to en­sure pri­vacy we opted for frosted glass in­stead of cur­tains or blinds.”

EVIE’S ROOM Noth­ing says ‘cosy’ like a ‘Kay­lula Sova’ clas­sic cot from Kid­die Coun­try draped with a yummy Keeks And Chuck merino wool throw (top right). “The chest of draw­ers was a find at an an­tiques store long be­fore kids came along,” says Re­becca. “I think it’s found its home here.” A Mis­ter Fly swan play mat al­lows her lit­tle ones to take to the floor in style, while, their favourite dolls sit on a large hang­ing rack and swing shelf from Kim­ber­ley Jake De­signs (right).

GUEST BED­ROOM Nat­u­ral light­ing, white walls, ex­posed beams, and a splash of sub­tle colour from the en­chant­ing Be­douin So­ci­ete bed­li­nen in Kohl Black and Wys­te­ria from Bloom & Co, all make for a calm refuge. “With the adults’ bed­rooms, we aimed for soft­ness with­out be­ing too fem­i­nine,” says Re­becca.

“I DO THE vis­ual, style STUFF, AND ROBERT IS THE go-to guy FOR SPACE AND LAY­OUT” ~ RE­BECCA

WIN­NING BEAUTY This bril­liant ex­er­cise in grace and light was a fi­nal­ist in Home Beau­ti­ful’s Beau­ti­ful Rooms com­pe­ti­tion last year. Home­own­ers Re­becca and Robert’s real achieve­ment here are the jaw-drop­ping bi-fold doors that beau­ti­fully con­nect the space to the out­doors (above). “I’m in love with the S-fold re­cessed cur­tains,” says Re­becca of the ‘Li­nosa’ fab­ric in Vanilla, sup­plied by Bloom In­te­rior De­sign. “And hid­den re­tractable mos­quito nets have proven to be the true lux­ury.” The be­spoke cus­tom-made couch is cov­ered in an ar­ray of Sage And Clare cush­ions, while a ‘Dal­ton High­line’ ot­toman per­forms dou­ble duty as a cof­fee ta­ble and a ‘Wil­fred’ arm­chair by Jar­dan cre­ates fire­side com­fort in win­ter.

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