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A light-filled Queens­lan­der.

Rome wasn’t built in a day,” says Lara Meghann who, to­gether with her part­ner Ja­cob, spent seven months and $75,000 re­mod­elling their tra­di­tional Queens­lan­der on the Sunshine Coast. “There were a few de­sign clashes dur­ing the build,” she ex­plains. “Ini­tially, I didn’t want in­te­rior walls be­cause I wanted to keep the space open. But, in the end, I’m glad we di­vided the liv­ing area; it made it more cosy.”

Meghann mod­i­fied another ini­tial plan by adding a char­coal wall in the liv­ing room – an ad­di­tion that, when done well, can add focus to a room with­out mak­ing it feel dark. “The room felt so stark when it was all white,” says Meghann, who per­son­alised the room with fam­ily heir­looms, in­clud­ing her great-grand­mother’s cane chairs.

The home has a seam­less con­nec­tion to its lush nat­u­ral sur­round­ings thanks to a wrap-around deck. Plants make their pres­ence known through­out the house, a dou­ble glass door lets dap­pled sun­light and fresh air in, while tim­ber floor­ing con­nects the out­side to in.

Repur­pos­ing the old with new kept the project within bud­get. In the bath­room, the DIY his-and-hers mir­rors are a key fea­ture. Meghann had seen the look she was af­ter, so she bought round mir­rors from IKEA and added leather belts to cre­ate hang­ing frames, at a frac­tion of the cost. The kitchen’s por­ta­ble is­land is ac­tu­ally her fa­ther’s old work­bench. “It’s an amaz­ing piece; I can’t be­lieve I man­aged to get it off him,” she says.

WHO In­te­rior de­signer Lara Meghann, her me­chanic fi­ancé, Ja­cob, and their cat, Ralph WHERE Sunshine Coast, Qld WHAT A self­con­tained ex­ten­sion to a tra­di­tional Queens­lan­der

´´Di­vid­ing the liv­ing area made it cosy´´

THE DECK Wire balustrades give an un­ob­structed view of the bush­land. LIV­ING ROOM The an­tique wal­nut and cane sofa be­longed grand­mother; the black cane ta­ble is

BED­ROOM The open-plan de­sign al­lows light from the liv­ing area to pour into the room. The wall-mounted Bamileke Juju hat was a gift.

BATH­ROOM Meghann’s his-and-hers mir­rors are a stand­out fea­ture; an open van­ity makes for ex­tra stor­age. KITCHEN “I like hav­ing ev­ery­thing on show,” says Meghann of the open shelv­ing.

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