LEAD THE WAY

A couple re­turn­ing from a life over­seas put down roots in Melbourne, giv­ing their home a con­tem­po­rary twist

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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

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