Easy Elegance – The Sage House by Carole Whiting
Melbourne, VIC, Australia

Photography Jack Shelton
Words Thida Sachathep

Carefully crafting an atmosphere of relaxation and comfort, Carole Whiting Interiors’ Sage House employs neutral tones and organic materiality to fuse familiarity with elegance.

The simple double-fronted timber façade of The Sage House gives way to an inviting and sophisticated interior that facilitates connectedness. Down to earth and designed for comfort, the spaces provide the ideal gentle environment for a busy young family.

The design of The Sage House honours its heritage roots while presenting a sophisticated outcome.

The brief was to design a modest residence with a flexible floorplan. The living space, for example, is ideal for entertainment but also caters for personal space. And a narrowing hall, celebrating the old and new parts of the house, provides a threshold before opening up, with the lofty ceiling contributing to a sense of expansive space.

Carole Whiting Interiors’ Sage House employs neutral tones and organic materiality to fuse familiarity with elegance.

With a natural and tactile material palette consisting of dimpled textured tiles, stone, ceramic, woven light fixtures, tanned leather details and timber, the house exudes warmth and expresses handcrafted narrative. This organic, soft palette naturally led Carole Whiting Interiors to a broad range of unique Artedomus products.

The simple double-fronted timber façade of The Sage House gives way to an inviting and sophisticated interior that facilitates connectedness.

The handcrafted narrative is evident in the choice of furnishings, lighting and styling.

Artedomus Elba, a marble with soft grey veins, is used in multiple spaces including the living space and the kitchen, while the bathrooms feature Agape bathware that exemplifies the home’s subtle combination of elegance and handcrafted elements. Grand in proportion, the family bathroom sees the Vieques bathtub by Patricia Urquiola sit in pride of place, illuminated softly to highlight the timber panelling.

Artedomus Elba, a marble with soft grey veins, is used in multiple spaces including the living space and the kitchen, while the bathrooms feature Agape bathware that exemplifies the home’s subtle combination of elegance and handcrafted elements.

Visible from the main kitchen, the laundry and part of the pantry are seamlessly connected. Extending to the full length of the wall from the laundry to the back door, the stone bench is carved in with a sculpted custom-made sink. The design further enhances connections between spaces through a mirrored panel that operates as a secret door leading to a study. On the door, wall hooks replace standard door hardware to add more functionality. This same idea of hidden and secret connections is applied in the children’s bedroom that leads to an annexed playroom on the first floor.

Familiar and approachable, yet simultaneous pared-back and elegant, the Sage House contains more than meets the eye, while maintaining an air of simplicity and ease.

Published 19 April, 2020
Photography  Jack Shelton
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