The existing layout of the back part of the house was locking the family into a traditional way of living with the kitchen, dining and lounge feeling distinctly disconnected from each other. To rectify this situation, I took Alex and Cathy out of their comfort zone and flipped the layout so that the kitchen went into the old rumpus area and the old kitchen became an everyday lounge. By just removing a few nibs, I was able to create a wonderful new family area where people can drift effortlessly between the dining room and the lounge.
Now Cathy was pretty hesitant that the lounge needed to fit their family of five, plus extended family or friends when entertaining. I started this process by removing the old bay windows and installing large black aluminium Accent Windows that went to the floor and met the Perini Tiles floor covering. The windows were treated by Colleve.
Encouraging Alex and Cathy to be bold and leave their peach past behind, I painted a large Taubmans Wild Plum feature wall. This colour really pops, but it also ties with the Urban Road artwork in the lounge and dining area and brings a connected feeling of warmth and feeling of relaxed fun into the wider space.
Masking the edge of The Rug Collection Textured Coast rug with the Molmic couch and Sofa and Soul sofa and chair enhanced the intimacy of this smaller area within the larger space. At the same time, the low-lying nature of the furniture pieces means Alex and Cathy can have their family together in the lounge and it still feels open as you can see the other areas around.
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Images: Vanessa Hall, Lifestyl