Food, family, fashion and fanfare

Strong family bonds and entertaining were catalysts for many of the design decisions and directions taken in this interior for homeowners with an Australian / Greek heritage

Interiors by Studio del Castillo

From the interior designers:

Owner brief

  • Our modern Australian / Greek heritage homeowners – whose very existence stem from strong family bonds and the important values of entertaining around food and food preparation – were the catalyst for many of the design decisions and direction taken to deliver this stunning design
  • There was a conscientious call to action for family physical & emotional connectivity from the parents for their 3 x teenage children, to be in and out of the kitchen space at various times of the day and night to suit the ever-changing schedules of young adolescence & family dynamics
  • Strategic placement of practical tasks and delegated areas for parents and children
  • Welcoming space for children to entertain friends

General design

  • Front room surprise – not as formal as the typical homes being built in this current environment
  • Display spaces for collectables, art and artefacts
  • Pet doggy door
  • Grand entrance statement – wow-factor staircase
  • Privacy gate house to front door
  • White on white walls to showcase the colourful art.
  • His & hers WIRs
  • Warm, inviting, welcoming space
  • Versatility multipurpose to switch where activities could be played out.
  • The hot desking on the study nook in the front room vs dedicated study/guest room
  • 4 bedrooms + study/guest room
  • Stand out powder room
  • Master ensuite – feeling of luxury and privacy
  • Large family kitchen + separate butler’s pantry for prep and everyday cooking.
  • Access to laundry for ease of household chores & doggy escape door for the family pet to come and go freely.
  • Ambient feeling of family coming together (specifically the custom designed organic shaped 10-seater dining table – intended not to have a head of the table so all family members or guests are seen as equal)


During the early stages of planning, it was apparent that the interior layout provided was not matching the owners’ requirements

We were engaged to take over where the homeowners' architect left off. 

There were several areas of concern that needed to be addressed surrounding spatial planning and the flow of design.

We made changes to almost every room layout and detailed every improvement to fulfil the owners’ desires. 

So much so that they have decided when they build next time they will start with an interior designer and work from the inside out opposed to starting with an architect! 

  See the related kitchen story   See the powder room story

Credit list

Kitchen designer
Penny del Castillo
Acre Landscape Architect
Window/door joinery
Commercial Glazing and Invogue door systems
Bedroom flooring
Oak engineered Chevron floor boards
Bathroom tiles
Cashmere Travetine, by Glux
Resene – Half Vista White; Dulux – Miner
Stoke Fireplace Studio
Control systems
Sonos; Cbus
Dining table/chairs
Dining table custom designed by Studio del Castillo; chairs from Galotti & Radice
Trends International Design Awards (TIDA) Homes – Runner Up
Anthony Galle Builders
Kitchen manufacturer
E&C Joinery
Pool design/manufacture
Acre Landscape/Liquid Blue – builder
Main flooring
Nature stone, colour – Amalfi Grey (1200x600,) by Glux; engineered timber Flooring – Chevron pattern
Rug Establishment & Designer Rugs
Powder room – Elits-Panama, from Seneca Textiles; master bedroom – Snake Charmer, from Philip Jeffries
General heating
Feature light fittings
Formal living room & dining room, walk In robe, bedside pendants – Rakumba; floor lamps by Catellani & Smith
Living area furniture
Edra, Poliform & Moroso
Cocktail cabinet and master bedroom bed custom designed by Studio del Castillo

Designed by: Studio del Castillo

Story by: Trendsideas

Photography by: Timothy Kaye

27 Aug, 2023

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