Doherty Design Studio

Ivanhoe Residence

Melbourne, VIC, Australia

Derek Swalwell

Images Courtesy Of Doherty Design Studio - Photography By Derek Swalwell

From The Designer

A contemporary overhaul was delivered to the interior of this rambling Californian bungalow to bring it up-to-date for a young family of four.

A sophisticated material scheme and customisation transformed the space to produce a modern interior that respects the homes origin.

 

The brief was initially a kitchen-only renovation. After realising the original floor-plan didn’t make the most of the home’s beautiful views, the brief became – kitchen/pantry, dining, master bedroom, family bathroom, study, WIR and ensuite, laundry and poolside powder room.

The brief concentrated on re-designing the layout to enhance circulation and on a meticulous joinery package. Crucially, the home’s heritage had to be preserved while producing a relaxed refined beauty. With only a small expansion required, spaces were redesigned to accommodate family needs, giving precedence to views and light. With the use of a mellow material palette including timber veneer, ceramic tiles, marble, and mirror finishes, a feel of a contemporary sensibility was softly created. For a visual touch, small splashes of colour were utilised in the process. Old and new were incorporated through white painted surfaces and smoked oak floors.

Images Courtesy Of Doherty Design Studio - Photography By Derek Swalwell

In the ensuite a curved wall encloses the shower and screens the toilet from view. Natural light is brought into the bathroom via a skylight, reflecting on the surface of the tiles and showing off their colour.

The modernisation of this house is a perfect example of the ability of interior designers to delicately apply principles to prolong the lifespan of architecture for upcoming generations to appreciate and experience.

Images Courtesy Of Doherty Design Studio - Photography By Derek Swalwell

Credits

Designer -

 Doherty Design Studio

Photographer -

 Derek Swalwell

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