DE­SIGN IT.

Inside Out (Australia) - - Renovation Inside -

Guid­ing much of the de­sign and build­ing process was a deep ap­pre­ci­a­tion for ma­te­ri­als. A stone wall now stretches up from the base­ment to the third storey as the visual spine of the home. On the ground floor, the stone sweeps into a cur­va­ceous hall, hug­ging a cir­cu­lar court­yard show­cased by dis­ap­pear­ing glass doors. The curve is echoed out­side with aged ver­ti­cal tim­ber sleep­ers re­claimed from Mel­bourne’s iconic St Kilda pier.

“The rest of the ma­te­ri­als in the house con­trast with those rus­tic and char­ac­ter-filled el­e­ments,” says Mikayla. She’s worked hard to main­tain bal­ance, hang­ing tim­ber plinths on walls of feath­ered con­crete and throw­ing touches of tim­ber around the kitchen for good mea­sure. Cut-outs and stor­age work to per­son­alise and add warmth but also link the ar­eas: in the for­mal liv­ing room, the wall stops short to al­low a book­shelf to wrap all the way into the par­al­lel study; a com­plete cut-out in the ca­sual liv­ing room is shared with Steph’s study be­hind; and stor­age plinths marry the liv­ing and din­ing ar­eas. A sub­tle rep­e­ti­tion of cir­cles, from an over­sized ot­toman to pen­dant lights and hooks also unite the home. “De­sign el­e­ments are soft­ened through­out with these shapes,” says Mikayla.

A luxe free­stand­ing For­moso ‘Clear­wa­ter’ tub from Reece is set offff by Arte­do­mus Inax ‘Re­peat Wave’ tiles, offf­fer­ing a cool, fresh step away from the in­dus­trial con­crete tones. The Phoenix Tap­ware ‘ Vivid Slim­line’ mixer in matt black, paired with an Anaca Stu­dio stool, is a strik­ing choice. EN­SUITE

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