A sum­mery vibe: De­signer in­vites the out­doors in

Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - NEWS - PHO­TOG­RA­PHY: Anas­ta­sia Kar­i­o­fyl­lidis STYLING: Si­mone Barter 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

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