Bright Lights

Be­ing close to the city was im­per­a­tive for this Perth fam­ily, who found the per­fect site and built a glam­orous home be­fit­ting it.

Australian House & Garden - - THE CHRISTMAS ISSUE DECEMBER - STORY John McDon­ald | STYLING Jo Carmichael | PHO­TOG­RA­PHY Jody D’Arcy

Palm Springs style was the apt in­spi­ra­tion for this sunny Perth build, a fam­ily’s ur­ban oa­sis.

Some­times a lo­ca­tion seals the deal. The lit­tle cot­tage that the Vi­lardi fam­ily – mum Nancy, dad Ser­gio, daugh­ter Tayla (now 20) and son Joshua (16) – pur­chased in 2015 was old and quaint but com­pletely un­suited to a ren­o­va­tion. The block of land, how­ever, was awe­some. Thus plans were drawn up for a new home­on­the680m²plot­in­cen­tral Perth, just north of the CBD.

The house took 12 months to com­plete and the fam­ily moved there in De­cem­ber 2017. The ar­chi­tect was Gavin Hestelow and their­builder­wasTonyRic­cia­rdello of West­style – both were cho­sen for their ex­cel­lent rep­u­ta­tions in lo­cal res­i­den­tial work. “We opted for West­style as we’d been ad­mir­ing Tony’s homes for years,” says Nancy. “Serge and I wanted a con­tem­po­rary, lux­u­ri­ous, well-con­structed home that would meet the needs of our fam­ily. Our days are al­ways very busy and we needed a builder we could rely on.”

Palm Springs ar­chi­tec­ture was the in­spi­ra­tion and its open, luxe feel was just what the Vi­lardis were af­ter. As you ap­proach the house, the ex­te­rior brick­work is a strik­ing fea­ture. It’s a gor­geous choco­late brown with a tex­tu­ral look; the bricks were laid al­ter­nately side on and length­ways in a tes­sel­lated pat­tern, and the wall is curved. En­ter through the front door and you find your­self in an airy foyer. To the left is a pow­der room, a TV room and an open study area that leads to Tayla and Joshua’s bed­rooms and their bath­room. Be­yond the foyer is the din­ing area, and to the left are the kitchen and liv­ing spa­ces.

An al­fresco zone – an en­closed out­door room com­plete with fire­place – ad­joins the din­ing area an­dis­easi­lyreachedthroughb­i­fold doors; the al­fresco and liv­ing spa­ces share a choco­late face­brick di­vid­ing wall that echoes the ex­te­rior. “That’s what I love the most about our home: the brown-brick fea­ture wall in our fam­ily room,” says Nancy. Off to the right of the din­ing room is the par­ents’ re­treat, with a large en­suite and walk-in robe. Through the al­fresco area and down a flight of float­ing stairs is a basalt-tiled ter­race and swim­ming pool.

It’s all prac­ti­cal, pur­pose­ful and fin­ished with great flair. In the ini­tial stages of the build the Vi­lardis be­gan search­ing for fur­ni­ture and dec­o­ra­tive items but found the process rather over­whelm­ing – they were flat out run­ning their fam­ily scaf­fold­ing busi­ness as well as a side en­ter­prise, Blaz­a­ball, which makes clever fire-start­ing metal cages for fire­places and fire pits. Hir­ing in­te­rior de­signer Nick­o­las Gurtler proved a mas­ter­stroke.

“We wanted to achieve mod­ern lux­ury, style and so­phis­ti­ca­tion, but we also wanted our house to feel like a home that fam­ily and friends would en­joy as well. We cer­tainly weren’t dis­ap­pointed,” says Nancy. “It took a load off, and we just love the re­sult, espe­cially around Christ­mas when we can re­lax and re­flect on what’s gone be­fore and what lies ahead.” >

Nick­o­las Gurtler, Cottes­loe, WA; 0414 338 069 or nick­o­las­ West­style, Bal­catta, WA;

(08) 9345 1565 or west­

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