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No matter how complex an interior design project, there is sometimes just one dramatic idea at its heart.

This house, one of two on a subdivided corner block, was already under construction when interior designer Massimo Speroni stepped in. However, he was in time to work with the owner to make some minor structural tweaks to maximise floor space and improve flow. To this end, walls were repositioned in the dining area and a dividing wall was erected between the kitchen and living areas to give more bench and storage space. In addition, two small windows were removed from the living area to provide sufficient unbroken space for an all-important feature wall.

In terms of interior decor, the client wanted a home with personality and a wow factor. It also had to reflect the level of luxury you might expect in a five-star hotel, says Speroni.

"My main inspiration was the 19th-century painting Romans of the Decadence, which the owners had seen in Paris. I had this reproduced as a washable vinyl wallpaper mural and hung on the living room wall."

Rich finishes and furnishings are all inspired by the mural, with elements such as gold-painted corbels, dado rails, ornate frames and heavy drapes contributing to the atmosphere. Modern Italian furniture adds playful contrasts.


"Pasha armchairs from Pedrali are the shape of classical wing chairs, but being transparent, they are almost invisible within the design," says Speroni. "High-gloss ceramic tiles bring uniformity and together with the mirrors, help reflect light through the spaces.

"The sense of lightness is continued in the kitchen with Louis Ghost chairs, also in clear polycarbonate, and a sparkling chandelier."

In the master bedroom, a bespoke king-size headboard in white velvet, Mystere Snow from Warwick, furthers the plush aesthetic.

Credit List

Interior, kitchen and landscape designerMassimo Speroni, Massimo Interiors (Prahran, Vic)
BuilderJeff Sarkis, Zealous Group
RoofingCSR Monier tiles in Charcoal
TilingLumina Bianco ceramic tiles; Elite Grey Polish ceramic tiles
FlooringElite Grey Polish ceramic tiles; Braewood carpet in Grey Haze
WallcoveringsDulux Lexicon Quarter
Security/home automationHills Voicenav by DAS
Heating sustemMXZ series, Split System by Mitsubishi Electric
WindowsAluminium powdercoated in Woodland Grey
SkylightsMassimo Interiors
Blinds and curtainsMystere Snow from Warwick; Dreston Ivory from Charterhouse
LightingLiving room, Iconic Arco floor lamp; dining room, antique clear Krystal Chandelier from Meizai
FurnitureLiving room, Pasha armchairs by Pedrali, Stone Stools by Kartell, Saarinen Tulip side table; dining area, Philippe Starck Louis Ghost chairs; Saarinen Tulip table
Kitchen cabinetryUpper cabinets, laminate in Arctic White with lustre finish; under-counter cabinets, laminate in Asian Night with matt finish
BenchtopsQuantum Quartz, in Luna White
TapHey Joe sink mixer by IB Rubinetterie; Zip Hydrotap
OvenBellissimo by Technika
CooktopIlve, gas
VentilationTelescopic hood by Technika
RefrigerationWestinghouse Virtuoso
DishwasherAsko, integrated
Bathroom vanityQuantum Quartz in Luna White
BasinImperial Ware Wesley

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