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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).

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