Lap­ping it up:

THIS OPEN-PLAN HOME IS THE PER­FECT MIX OF OLD AND NEW

Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - NEWS -

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.”

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