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ASK THE IN­TE­RIOR DE­SIGNER: Jan­ice Ku­mar-Ward of JKW In­te­rior Ar­chi­tec­ture & De­sign

Bal­ance has been main­tained so beau­ti­fully in this home, Jan­ice. How did you help to achieve it? Bal­anc­ing a cou­ple’s ren­o­va­tion ex­pec­ta­tions is all part of the chal­lenge. I love work­ing with clients like the Tip­pings, who love great de­sign, are open to ideas and ap­pre­ci­ate each other’s dif­fer­ences. This house is so spe­cial and re­tain­ing its her­itage was im­por­tant to both Kiri­ana and Will, so we kept the ar­chi­tec­ture true to the orig­i­nal and added mod­ern touches in the form of light­ing and soft fur­nish­ings. What ad­vice would you give to cou­ples about com­pro­mis­ing dur­ing the ren­o­va­tion process? There should be a Civil De­fence warn­ing: Be pre­pared! Suc­cess­fully man­ag­ing the some­times

stress­ful process of ren­o­vat­ing is mostly about for­ward plan­ning, pro­vid­ing clear guide­lines for each con­sul­tant and trades­per­son, be­ing able to an­swer curly ques­tions by get­ting good ad­vice, and know­ing what’s hap­pen­ing each day. Def­i­nitely don’t com­pro­mise on the plan­ning. If you can’t make a de­ci­sion to­gether, put it on hold un­til you’ve worked through all the op­tions. Don’t rush choices you may for­ever re­gret. How should ren­o­va­tors in­te­grate bold in­te­rior

de­tails with­out it be­com­ing ‘too much’? There are no rules, but you need to un­der­stand your­selves, your home, your life­style and your bud­get. The Tip­pings hope to live here for a long time so, for ex­am­ple, in­vest­ing in Cole & Son wall­pa­pers was a de­ci­sion based on longevity and the de­sire for tex­tiles that would grow with them as a fam­ily. We opted for items they gen­uinely love, rather than on-trend pieces.

CLOCK­WISE FROM TOP LEFT Copycat ta­ble lamp by Michael Anas­tas­si­ades for Flos, $1555, Hex 750 pen­dant light, $3395, res­i­ Masters stool by Kartell, $798, back­ Turn­ing ta­ble by Menu, $938, si­mon­james­de­ Chi­avi...

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