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A con­tem­po­rary Noosa house.

WHO Anoushka Schol­lay, her hus­band James, their daugh­ters Elke, nine, and Kit, seven, and Wylma the labradoo­dle WHERE Noosa, Qld WHAT A con­tem­po­rary four-bed­room home

More than a decade has passed since the in­cep­tion of this house; own­ers have come and gone, trees have flour­ished, and its pulse is strong. For Anoushka Schol­lay and her fam­ily, it’s now home. Back­ing onto the na­tional park in Noosa, it’s a place where the fam­ily is in con­stant con­tact with the sur­round­ings and each other.

“It’s brought us closer to­gether,” says Anoushka. “I can be in the kitchen and see straight up to the mez­za­nine and into all the rooms. I can prac­ti­cally see ev­ery­where and hear ev­ery­thing.”

The ground floor was de­signed so that there’s a sin­u­ous flow be­tween the gar­den, pool, kitchen and liv­ing ar­eas. Two boxes con­tain­ing the “quiet spaces” float above, with the mas­ter bed­room and en­suite over­look­ing bush­land, and the kids’ bed­rooms on the south-west side. The re­sult is a void that both sep­a­rates and connects the ar­eas.

“It’s like there is a bridge over to our bed­room,” says Anoushka. “There’s room to get away and have some quiet time if you want to, but the open lay­out means we are still to­gether.”

Anoushka ad­mits she found the vast space con­fronting when she first moved in, and it’s taken 18 months to work her own style in with the con­tem­po­rary ar­chi­tec­ture. “I tried to find older pieces to make it feel more homely, like the girls’ beds, both from my child­hood,” she says. “Against the modern lines, the older fur­ni­ture keeps it look­ing lived in, like a home – our home.”

´´older pieces make it feel more homely´´

KITCHEN Clean, crisp lines al­low the kitchen to take a step back be­hind the din­ing space. LIV­ING AREA (left) Com­bin­ing style and func­tion, the jig­saw join­ery of the book­case makes it a fea­ture piece in the room.

POOL In sunny Noosa, the pool is a cen­tral part of liv­ing. “It’s great for the kids. The plat­form at the back is like a mini div­ing board,” says Anoushka. A vin­tage lad­der makes a handy home for tow­els.

BATH­ROOM Tim­ber el­e­ments bring out the earthy neu­trals that run through char­coal tiles. EX­TE­RIOR The house is clad in stained ply­wood, while off-white con­crete adds to the home’s strik­ing look.

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