Cal­i­for­nia dream­ing This abode is the epit­ome of coastal cool

A STRIK­ING HOME ON VIC­TO­RIA’S MORN­ING­TON PENIN­SULA IS NOW THE EPIT­OME OF COASTAL COOL

Home Beautiful - - CONTENTS - WORDS LYNNE TESTONI PHOTOGRAPHY ANNA ROBIN­SON

DE­SIGN­ING A HOME

with a spec­tac­u­lar out­look and lo­ca­tion – to high­light the view with­out com­pro­mis­ing on the house in­te­ri­ors – was the challenge fac­ing the House Rules con­tes­tants when they tack­led Leigh and Kristie’s Morn­ing­ton Penin­sula home, near Port Phillip Bay. With a brief to cre­ate a mood of Cal­i­for­nia cool and em­ploy­ing nat­u­ral ma­te­ri­als, the teams de­vised a se­ries of en­gag­ing spa­ces with a largely neu­tral pal­ette tak­ing oc­ca­sional side­steps into show-stop­ping drama. House Rules judges Wendy Moore, Drew Heath and Laurence Llewe­lyn-Bowen all felt that the high­light of the ren­o­va­tion was the kitchen, with its muted, tex­tu­ral tones and over­sized is­land bench. “I pretty much loved ev­ery­thing about that kitchen – it was just awe­some,” says judge and Home Beau­ti­ful’s Wendy. “It was a great lay­out. It felt re­ally spa­cious and part of the liv­ing room.” Tex­ture is the hero through­out the house, with earthy ma­te­ri­als, rus­tic fin­ishes and tac­tile el­e­ments play­ing a star­ring role and adding an el­e­ment of coastal-in­flu­enced cosi­ness. The re­laxed style and warm colour scheme has been paired with care­fully cho­sen green ac­cents to cre­ate a won­der­ful in­side-out­side flow.

KITCHEN

The win­ning touch in the kitchen was the ex­ten­sion to the is­land bench (op­po­site & right), Chad­stone Oak, sup­plied by Kins­man Kitchens. “It felt fan­tas­tic and it made a re­ally mod­ern kitchen feel in­stantly or­ganic,” says Wendy. “I loved the cab­i­netry. I loved the long win­dow. I loved the open shelv­ing.” Fel­low judge and in­te­rior de­signer Laurence Llewe­lyn-Bowen felt the kitchen worked well with the pantry. Both spa­ces, he says, had a very strong re­la­tion­ship, with the dark tiles in­side the pantry of­fer­ing a coun­ter­point to the stone of the is­land bench.

MIXER: ‘Prize’ flex­i­ble coil sink mixer in Brushed Nickel, Phoenix Tap­ware. BENCH: Sile­stone bench­top in Char­coal Soap­stone, Kins­man Kitchens.

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