HEIRLOOMS LIVE AGAIN
Homes and apartments in Brisbane’s inner blue-chip suburbs are being transformed into modern masterpieces with the use of trendy architecture and design influences.
Husband and wife duo, architect Ric De Luca and Virginia, an interior designer, said more homeowners were keen to modernise their living spaces with the use of patterned wallpaper and antique furniture, with heirlooms being brought back to life.
Many of their projects include heritage homes in need of a facelift.
Most of their clients are within Brisbane’s 5km radius, and the couple, who have more than 50 years’ combined experience in architecture and design, have worked on homes in suburbs including Ascot, West End and Hamilton, and apartments in Tennyson and Teneriffe.
Mrs De Luca said together they bring a love of interiors and a great pride in delivering a space that reflects their clients’ individual personality.
“Wallpaper can transform a room. It provides texture and pattern, colour and depth. There are endless possibilities with wallpaper,” she said.
“You can use digitally printed wallpaper to create contemporary landscapes, themed areas right through to traditional archival prints which have been hand blocked in contemporary colours or classic tones.”
Newstead Interiors is an agent for exclusive and exquisite fabric ranges including Designers Guild, Ralph Lauren, William Yeoward, Christian Lacroix and wallpapers from Cole & Son.
Mr De Luca said many of their clients were moving from their family homes into inner-city apartments and looking to create a segue into the next stage of their lives.
“We look at pieces they have had for years which have great sentimental value and see how we can incorporate some of these into their new home,” he said.
“We have access to a team of artisans who we use to bring these pieces back to life and allow them to sit within a contemporary apartment along with the new furniture which we have made or sourced to complete the clients new home.”
Mr De Luca said their latest inner-city project included revamping a large apartment’s kitchen and living area. He said the clients had lived there for a number of years and were ready for a change.
With no job too big or too small for the De Lucas, they had a crane deliver a smoky green granite stone top from Brazil, measuring 2.4m x 1.5m, into the apartment.
“The benchtop was the inspiration for the colour scheme in the living space,” he said. “A stunning custom-made rug which was 8.6m x 3.6m, created a foot plate for the living dining area. We used existing pieces, stripping back furniture to its original glory and rebuilding and incorporating them with new pieces which were classic and contemporary.”
Mrs De Luca said heirlooms needing some TLC could be stripped back, rebuilt, repolished and reupholstered.
Mrs De Luca worked for several years in Designer Guild’s London HQ and served clients such as Bob Geldof and Def Leppard’s guitarist Steve Clark.
Newstead Interiors' Tennyson, Hamilton (right) and Teneriffe (below) projects with interior designer Virginia De Luca (below right).