Lapping it up:
THIS OPEN-PLAN HOME IS THE PERFECT MIX OF OLD AND NEW
A pool is a central part of living in Noosa.
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.”