"Almost imperceptible touches such as hand-scraped edges to the wood flooring lend textural character akin to a patina; without cluttering up the color palette."
Similarly, the sapele cabinetry in the kitchen, and the patterned fabric chosen for the bar stools, impart a sense of organic texture, which is balanced by the solid plane created by the porcelain tiles on the floor in this part of the house.
"Texture, texture, texture it became a mantra for this project, and pieces such as the Martha Sturdy resin-top table are timeless exponents of this."
Moving upstairs, Dolenc introduced blue and gray tones to the mix to create a calming environment.
"The view from the upper level is more of the tree canopy and sky, so while it is still about texture, the color palette becomes less varied, lending itself to a muted, intimate scheme.
"Tone-on-tone features such as the custom headboard, bedside lamps with quartzite bases and side tables with leather accents echo the texture over color principle of the rest of the design."
"Ultimately, there is great respect for aesthetics, which begins with the architecture and carries through all the finishes including aspects such as the lighting plan," says Dolenc. "Multilamp fixtures more typical in retail or commercial settings have been incorporated here to give maximum coverage without dominating the ceiling plane."
Says the architect, "It is one of those happy occasions where the vision has been surpassed by the reality, thanks to the input of all involved."