Alex and Cathy’s grandiose Doncaster four-bedroom house had a definite presence. It screamed ‘Graceland in suburbia’ with opulence and ‘90s flair in spades. Once pretty as a peach, this palatial residence’s dated interior had become a frou-frou décor disaster.
Colourful and bright people, Alex and Cathy’s home was bland and basic on the inside. My job was to drag the family from the ‘90s into the super sleek now and their style brief was modern glossy magazine meets hotel interior. Alex and Cathy were attracted to a minimal, paired back design with colour in the dressing, but definitely no clutter. It seemed like they wanted what so many Australians are striving for – a perfect show home straight out of the pages of a magazine. What I did was keep the theme, but give it personality and liveability because show homes just aren’t that comfortable for family living.
Within the scope of a modern, minimalist look, I based my design around entertaining, family and friends. With the image of a family getting together around the dinner table as my central inspiration, I wanted this home to be relaxed and offer opportunity for people to kick back. Stylishly functional and easy to clean, this house also has a touch of bling throughout… just to add that element of glamour and sophistication and make you feel excited!
Now, this house may have been ‘all shook up’ and its Graceland past identity left behind, but ‘I can’t help falling in love’ with its new sleek and modern design that acted as a glue throughout.
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Images: Vanessa Hall, Lifestyl