Salamanca pad owners thrilled with reno
THRILLED. This is the word homeowners Phil Jones and Coryn Barry-Murphy use to describe the total redesign of their home in the Salamanca Square apartment complex.
It is easy to see why they love it dearly. On entering their home it takes about three seconds to realise what they have created is something truly special.
A low whistle inadvertently escaped my lips when I first spotted the void that connects the upper and lower levels while drenching the main living zone with natural light. This is complimented by windows that catch views of the square’s fountain and the river and bridge above the rooftops.
Then it was a “wow!” from me when I saw the five-star luxury of the bathroom with its large, curved Italian tile feature wall, the curved mirrors and the lavish freestanding bath tub. It’s the kind of home that feels like it has a little surprise hidden around every corner just waiting to be discovered.
The brief included a desire to create a unique home, something different and arty which is fitting for the Salamanca aesthetic.
The couple worked on the renovation with interior design and project management expert Lenka Jankovcova of Find & Design. Phil described its as a “collaboration of ideas” between homeowner and their award-winning designer while Lenka described her clients as “incredible, amazing people to work with”.
Phil said the brief included a desire to create a unique home, something different and arty which is fitting for the Salamanca aesthetic. “As far as a place to live, it does not get better than this,” he said.
The apartments in the square were built in 1998 and Phil said a number of their neighbours had already renovated or were starting to plan their own home updates. For Phil and Coryn, the best plan of attack was to take their property back to its bare bones. It gave them a chance to reconfigure the floorplan and make it
work perfectly for a modern lifestyle.
Lenka described the style of the home as “artistically contemporary with a unique, quirky twist”. An aspect of her design that shines brightly is the balance.
There is a splash of red and a fleur-delis texture by the stairs, another hint of red in the kitchen and then also in the upper level chairs.
There are hexagonal, honeycomb features dotted through the home. Angles are mirrored from the cathedral ceilings, to the doors to the island bench in the kitchen.
Each element, perfectly balanced, connected and in harmony with one another. Everywhere you look there are textures that sing out to be touched — from the bespoke honeycomb shaped joinery the kitchen splashback and its delicately roughened look.
Coryn said she adored the honeycomb theme in the cupboards, “I was very happy to use it thoroughly. As someone who loves knitting and crafts, the texture is wonderful,” she said.
The multi-coloured kitchen is another show-stopping highlight with its gorgeous marble bench combined with integrated appliances, a wine fridge, wide oven, routed cupboard handles and black tapware.
The upper level of the apartment is Phil and Coryn’s haven. It was originally two bedrooms but now the space has been opened up to create a second living zone, a gorgeous ensuite with more textured tiles and doors, plus the master bedroom. Here, the doors were cut in angular shapes to match the lines of the roofline and custom built cupboards combine artistic flare with functionality.
Even the roof plastering was something new for the builders with its bold laser-like lines.