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“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

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