per­sonal space

The rein­vented bath­rooms and walk-in robe in this Mel­bourne home en­sure that the work week runs as smoothly as lazy week­end days


Who lives here: Linda, her hus­band Sam and Sam’s daugh­ter So­phie, 15. Style of home: A sin­gle-level con­tem­po­rary ar­chi­tec­tural home that now boasts greater func­tion­al­ity thanks to the re­vamp of the bath­rooms and walk-in wardrobe. It was all-sys­tems-go from de­sign to build, with build­ing tak­ing 10 weeks. The ren­o­va­tion cost just un­der $90k for all three rooms.

Af­ter a busy week jet­ting in and out of air­ports, ho­tels and meet­ings with suit­cases in tow, Mel­bourne cou­ple Linda and Sam rel­ish head­ing home for the week­end. Work­ing in fi­nance, both bal­ance hec­tic sched­ules. Their house has to be more than just a place to recharge – it needs to be a zone where ev­ery­thing works ef­fort­lessly and ef­fi­ciently to keep their busy lives in mo­tion.

While the in­ner Mel­bourne house they bought in late 2014 was blessed with light and space, where each room linked to a land­scaped gar­den, some spots sim­ply didn’t func­tion well. “The bath­rooms were the re­ally prac­ti­cal parts of the house that we were strug­gling with,” says Linda. “We loved the space but we felt like it hadn’t been used very ef­fi­ciently in the fit-out.”

In­te­rior de­signer Lena Bruno of By Bruno got to work on prob­lem solv­ing, re­design­ing the en­suite and walk-in wardrobe, as well as daugh­ter So­phie’s bath­room, which dou­bles as the laun­dry. “The way Lena de­signed the en­suite with twin sinks and stor­age is great,” says Linda. “We’re not trip­ping over each other as we’re try­ing to get ready at the same time. We both have our own side of the wardrobe and our own space where we can put a suit­case, fill it, and hang things up at night to put on in the morn­ing at 5am. It was re­ally that com­bi­na­tion of mak­ing it more func­tional and lux­u­ri­ous.”

“The wardrobe mir­ror is round like the bath and van­ity basin. This cre­ates a sense of rhythm and rep­e­ti­tion” LENA BRUNO, IN­TE­RIOR DE­SIGNER

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