“Rather than look to the house for inspiration, I looked for the personal things within the home, which Linda and Sam had selected,” says Lena. A love of art and beautiful timber furniture were the perfect cues, she says. “I wanted to give them their brief and add functionality but also incorporate an artistic approach that could speak to them personally.”
This thoughtful approach is expressed through the choice of timber and blue terrazzo-like floor tiles, both visually appealing while keeping to a sanctuary vibe. “I looked at the blue because blue and yellow, which I saw as the blackbutt vanity, are opposites on the colour wheel. I thought the complementary colour scheme would really work,” says Lena.
The wardrobe takes on a moodier, boutique feel. “In that U shape, every part of that U is functional,” says Lena. Shoes are stored all around the bottom, with drawers on top that provide a perching point while you put them on. One side of the wardrobe is for Sam and one is for Linda, tailored to their lifestyles. “I measured their suitcases to create the openings and allow for seamless use,” says Lena. “The ledge also fits a suitcase, so if you’re packing the night before, it’s easy. Then we put the hooks there so you can hang up what you’re wearing on the plane the next day,” says Linda.
ENSUITE Black tapware runs through both bathrooms. “The black goes with the industrial feelf in the rest of the house,” says Linda. A Reece bathtub is an occasional soaker and much-loved indulgence. Speckled tiles from De Fazio Tiles & Stone break up the graphic lines of wall tiles. While Linda did want real terrazzo, they were 25mm thick, so the 8mm terrazzo-look tiles were a must given the need to grind down the floors to allow a seamless flow.
Double sinks and individualised storage allow for easy access and flow around the vanity, made by MTR Designer Cabinets, essential for mornings on the fly. Each mirror-fronted cabinet has been kitted out with power points so toothbrushes and shavers are handy but out of sight. Timber provides warmth and the luxe sanctuary vibe Lena was hoping to create. VANITY