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The bunk bed and stor­age in Eva’s room were pur­pose built, and com­ple­mented with pink Ja­panese eco car­pet tiles. “It works with what we had done else­where in the house, but for Eva it’s not pink enough,” Bec says. Hav­ing ev­ery­thing cus­tom-made means there’s no wasted space. Happy place The bath­room is Bec’s favourite room in the home. “It’s large, has a big bath and shower and a stone van­ity that we built our­selves. It has a lovely calm feel to it, like be­ing at a re­treat,” she says.

INSIDE JOB The de­sign chal­lenge was in making the raw alu­minium struc­ture feel homely but pol­ished, and ev­ery choice was care­fully con­sid­ered. The cou­ple kept the raw con­crete floors, com­plete with stains and mark­ings from its pre­vi­ous work­shop life, which jux­ta­posed beau­ti­fully with the gallery feel of dou­ble­height ceil­ings. “I love a white gallery look, it al­lows for lots of ‘breath­ing space’,” Bec says.

WORK/LIFE BAL­ANCE Ul­ti­mately though, what Bec wanted was a univer­sal space that could be used as a work stu­dio, but still be easy to live in. “It’s Im­por­tant to me that my home is cre­ative so I can work in it. I want it to feel in­spir­ing,” she says. “The house has a stu­dio feel, so my ju­nior de­sign­ers can come and work with me.” With this in mind, they cre­ated the con­cept of mov­able pods for the chil­dren’s bed­rooms, in­spired by Ja­panese de­sign. Work­ing sim­i­lar to li­brary ar­chives, the cube-shaped rooms run on chan­nels, mov­ing from left to right, al­low­ing them to be rein­vented. Bec loved the idea of flex­i­bil­ity, and the “zones” cre­ated by mov­ing the pods are used for stu­dio space or pho­tog­ra­phy. So what’s the golden rule for a home that ac­com­mo­dates the de­mands of both work and fam­ily life? “Ev­ery­thing needs to be pur­pose-built for the space,” Bec says. And a cou­ple of amaz­ing Dou­glas and Bec pieces cer­tainly don’t hurt ei­ther.

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