LEAD THE WAY
A couple returning from a life overseas put down roots in Melbourne, giving their home a contemporary twist
WITH A VIEW OF MOVING CLOSER TO FAMILY AND FRIENDS, Jessica Keating-Mesaros and her husband Robert set about finding a new home in Melbourne. The former expats had spent many years living away from their loved ones, and were craving a place where they could put down roots and feel truly at home. “While living in Hong Kong, I would often visualise how my family home would look when we returned to Australia, and this house surpassed all my expectations,” Jessica says.
BACK TO BASICS The couple found the French provincial-style property in 2015, and while there was lots to love – the pool and outdoor areas, high ceilings and most importantly, its close proximity to both sets of grandparents – there was also plenty that needed changing. Engaging the help of Claire Larritt-Evans from interiors studio Larritt-Evans, they set about making the home their own. First up, they stripped back all the overly ornate finishes that were at odds with their contemporary vision, including the wrought iron balustrade on the staircase and cherry-toned herringbone floors, and installed the gorgeous oak flooring from Borthwick Floors that now flows throughout. A grand, sweeping staircase was also built and is now one of the home’s most beautiful features.
EVOLVING STYLE Once the new foundations had been laid, Claire began to furnish the home in stages. This gradual process gave the family time to settle in and decide how they wanted each room to be used, and gave Claire time to choose classic pieces that wouldn’t date. “Robert and Jessica trusted our vision, which allowed us to realise the home’s full potential,” Claire says. “We’ve been working together on this house for three years, which has helped ensure a timeless design.”
This being their forever home, a number of investment pieces have been added into the mix, including the blue B&B Italia “Husk” chair and ottoman from Space (opposite) and Muuto vase from Living Edge. COOL, CALM & COLLECTED