His­toric flavour An el­e­gant ap­proach to bath­room splen­dour

A SO­PHIS­TI­CATED PAL­ETTE, EL­E­GANT FUR­NISH­INGS AND CRE­ATIVE TILING BRING THIS BATH­ROOM TO LIFE

Home Beautiful - - {EDITOR’S LETTER} - WORDS SALLY PATER­SON STYLING WENDY BAN­NIS­TER PHO­TOG­RA­PHY SHANIA SHEGEDYN

GRAND SCALE

High ceil­ings and broad di­men­sions in the bath­room of this Mel­bourne home evoke a sense of grandeur. “At first we thought we should use this space for some­thing else – it was once a dou­ble bed­room – but it made sense to keep us­ing it as a bath­room,” says home­owner Mar­garet. Its pro­por­tions al­low height for dra­matic light­ing (Bea­con Light­ing’s ‘Vaille’ pen­dant is sim­i­lar) and space for classy el­e­ments such as a vin­tage claw-foot bath. There’s also room for func­tional stor­age.

You may find it dif­fi­cult to be­lieve, but this classically com­posed bath­room was once a dated, dis­as­trous com­bi­na­tion of murky or­anges and deep greens. With an eye for po­ten­tial, home­own­ers Mar­garet and Daryl grad­u­ally re­stored it – and the rest of their 1882 Vic­to­rian home in Mel­bourne’s bay­side sub­urbs – from a scene of ques­tion­able colour schemes and hap­haz­ard ad­di­tions that show­cased or­ange shag-pile car­pet. The re­sult is a taste­ful, en­dur­ing mas­ter­piece. “It was aw­ful,” says Mar­garet of the orig­i­nal space. “It was huge, with some­thing wedged in ev­ery cor­ner and noth­ing in the mid­dle.” The cou­ple took five years to up­grade the room, fo­cus­ing their en­er­gies on struc­tural ad­just­ments to the home, as well as rais­ing three chil­dren. Fi­nally, with a clear vi­sion and a claw-foot bath bought on Ebay, they briefed Ser­ena Elise of White Chalk De­sign to cre­ate a bath­room that is based on a Hamp­tons-in­spired aes­thetic. “It fits well with our Vic­to­rian home and it’s very beau­ti­ful,” says Mar­garet.

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