After five months of renovations, Kate and Simon’s ’80s fixer-upper is now a large and light family home.
An open-plan design and minimal Scandinavian-style decor has transformed Kate Nicholson’s 1980s fixer-upper.
“THE MOMENT WE WALKED INTO
our home at the open-house inspection, we knew we had to have it. We’d been studying the house on the internet and driven past many times. Once inside, we immediately saw potential and began renovation plans before we’d even purchased the house.
The day we were handed the keys, we began ripping down walls, revealing what would be our new large, openplan living, dining and kitchen area. Already having beautiful high cathedral ceilings, at eight metres in height, the room began to transform very quickly.
PLANS ON HOLD
Sadly, our engineer came forward and informed us that it may not be possible to remove so many internal walls as many were structural, load-bearing walls. For days we felt our dream of having one large, open room wasn’t going to be possible. Eventually the engineer came up with a plan for a huge steel beam to be installed horizontally across the ceiling, and a large beam in the middle of the room. At first I was apprehensive about a large column in the middle of the room, but the idea grew on me and now I love the beam and look at it as a feature of the room – besides, it’s holding up our house!
“Our 5.5-metre dining table is so special. It not only fits the large space, it’s also perfect for dinner parties.”
FRESH, NEW STYLE
Once the renovations were complete, I set about painting every room in
Dulux “Vivid White” – it was the perfect choice as it has no tint in it and is a very crisp, clean, bright white. The fresh white walls work so well with the minimal, Scandinavian/coastal look that I’ve gone for when decorating.
Furnishing the house was simple
– I have a very talented partner who makes beautiful hardwood furniture, so all our timber furniture, such as our dining table, coffee table, stools and beds all come from our business, The Wood Room (Thewoodroom.com.au).
CHANGE IS GOOD
Decorating the house has definitely been a process that has evolved over time, and I’m still continually changing rooms around, changing furnishings and painting rooms again. The same goes for the bigger projects – we’d love to put in a set of full-length bifold doors in the lounge room, opening up to a pool – it’s a must for summer!”
“I feel our home embraces the casual, easygoing Australian lifestyle with its simple, functional and open-plan living.”
All about hue Kate’s artist friend Anna Cayzer came up with a beautiful set of abstract paintings to tie in with the theme and colours of the home.
DINING ROOM Great lengths
The family love to entertain at their large dining table, which Simon made using American oak.
HALLWAY Feline fine
Lily cuddles Molly the cat in the hallway, which leads to the four bedrooms and main bathroom.
LIVING ROOM Calming colours Floorboards were sanded back and heavily treated with Porter’s Paints Lime Wash throughout the living area.
KITCHEN Bright idea
Pendants from Beacon Lighting hang above the Caesarstone island and cut through the all-white kitchen. TIP Define separate zones with a row of stylish pendant lights like these.