Quiet achiever

Australian House & Garden - - TOP 50 ROOMS - Chris Stan­ley, Asha Ni­cholas (pic­tured) & Chris Austin Splin­ter So­ci­ety Ar­chi­tec­ture, Fitzroy, Vic­to­ria; (03) 9419 4189 or splin­ter­so­ci­ety.com

“This liv­ing room is not about grand state­ments or dec­o­ra­tion,” says owner Magda. “It is mod­est and the fo­cus is on soft, nat­u­ral fin­ishes.” Her Cal­i­for­nia bun­ga­low was ex­tended by Splin­ter So­ci­ety Ar­chi­tec­ture and now in­cor­po­rates this space. It of­fers the owner a strong con­nec­tion to the gar­den and is a quiet place for reading yet flex­i­ble enough to be opened up for en­ter­tain­ing. There’s a beau­ti­ful Ja­panese aes­thetic to the spot­ted-gum join­ery and its sim­plic­ity is echoed in the cus­tom­made steel pivot door. “I wanted this room to have a Mid-cen­tury-meets-Zen feel and it does,” says Magda. “Ev­ery­one who vis­its com­ments on its tran­quil­lity.”

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