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.