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Cosmopolitan ideal

It's old meets new in this clean-lined home, where existing traditional design elements are married with modern furnishings and art-influenced colours

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The curving staircase connects with a wide second-floor hallway that leads down to the master bedroom. The hall doubles as a study and gallery space.

Something old, something new, but notnecessarily anything borrowed or anything blue. When it comes to designing interiors, rather than treading a path that relies on one particular style of expression, a mix of elements from a variety of sources can instead be used create individual, and often completely eclectic, results.

When considering the design options for this traditional mansion, the necessary conditions for a varied, yet cohesive interior composition were evident to interior designer Jill Vantosh.

"Originally, my client was looking for a contemporary home something streamlined and modern that would allow her to best highlight an extensive collection of modern art and glassworks," says the designer. "However, she was captivated by the charm of this traditional style of house."

The home's two levels are connected by a central staircase. From the entrance foyer, this dramatic feature connects with the upper level's study and gallery space. Bedrooms are also on this storey.

The lower level features a number of living spaces each with a distinct personality. To create the desired effect in each room, many areas were completely stripped back, says Vantosh.


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The kitchens island quartz corner sink allows two people to work comfortably side by side.

"Although the house had plenty of charm, the interior architecture wasn't that great. One of the first things we did was accentuate the better traditional features of the home by introducing new panelling and mouldings."

Some spaces, including the master bedroom and kitchen, required complete reworking. In the master bedroom, Vantosh added new ceiling and wall mouldings to emphasise the room's height and add architectural interest.

The pink-painted master bathroom which almost convinced the homeowner not to buy the house in the first place was reworked into a classically elegant space, with flowing floor-to-ceiling drapes, four vanities, and a centrepiece bathtub.

Throughout the home, Vantosh applied a design philosophy that allowed the numerous pieces of art glass and modern art to take centre stage.

"The client's collection was the basis for the overall colour selection. For example, the formal living room is white for several reasons: to promote serenity, to showcase the interior architecture, and to draw attention to the outdoor environment."

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Subtly patterend wallpaper features above the libary's mahogany wainscotting. Recessedcavity sliders extend the entertaining zone rigth through into the kitchen.

In this room, soft, comfortable and low-slung sofas were chosen drawing attention to the high ceilings, rather than trying to obscure the room's volume. Other accents that add impact include a large, carved wood fireplace surround and an antique-finish, gold-framed mirror, which, drawn aside, reveals a television.

In contrast to the living room, the dining room's graphite-coloured walls provide a moodier backdrop. However, colour and light are injected through the vibrant blue upholstery of the chairs, arranged with a semi-circular white sofa, around a modern dining table.

Extensive reworking was also undertaken in the kitchen, and the adjacent library. The home's previous owner, a dedicated entertainer, preferred not to have guests in the kitchen while cooking, and as such, the kitchen was a closed off space, says kitchen designer Matthew Quinn.

"Before, the kitchen was a dead-end. But by removing a wall and introducing pocket walls, we were able to open it up to the library."

To complete the kitchen's transformation, new cabinetry, with glass fronts, and a central island with a raised stainless steel top and quartz corner sink were installed.

Credit list

Kitchen designer
Matthew Quinn, Design Galleria
Lighting consultant
Gabler & Youngston
Tile contractor
Korit Williams
Gallery furniture
Chaise and ottoman from
Master bedroom furniture
Bed from Matteograssi; table from Knoll
Tub
Duravit from Renaissance Tile and Bath
Bathroom cabinetry
Downsview Tania in white high-gloss lacquer
Vanity sinks
Lavatory basin by Kohler; make-up vanity sink by Kallista
Builder
Blaylock Construction
Kitchen cabinetry
Design Galleria
Living room furniture
Sofa from Holly Hunt
Library
Sofa by B&B Italia
Master bedroom wall treatment
Keith Fruitiger
Vanities
White Calacutta marble
Shower stall and fittings
Kohler
Bathroom chandelier
Space by Moooi

Story by: Trendsideas

23 Nov, 2007

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