A summery vibe: Designer invites the outdoors in
A QUEENSLANDER’S MAKEOVER INVITES THE OUTDOORS IN
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