The concrete house wasn't homely – strategic changes and plenty of storage, artwork, feature lighting and flashes of rich colour changed that

Interior design by Di Henshall Interior Design

From the interior designer:

Our homeowners purchased a 25-year-old concrete constructed house on the waterways of Noosa.

The house had a masculine feel that didn’t exactly feel homely or cosy.

Constructed with off-form concrete and tilt slabs, the home echoed between the double height living spaces and the open mezzanine.

Our main point of action was to pivot the feel of the home and to provide more storage throughout.

Overall, the house had a lot of open space not being fully utilised to its full potential, with plain colours and a neutral palette throughout.

We made it our mission to ensure plenty of storage, artwork, feature lighting and flashes of rich colour such as the green porcelain wall in the downstairs’  bathroom and flame tones throughout the house for a more vibrant and relaxing atmosphere.

One factor was that the house was lacking a bathroom/shower on the ground floor despite there being a guest bedroom on this level.

This arrangement had meant guests would have to enter an ensuite bathroom off a first-floor bedroom in order to shower.

As this was not ideal, we redesigned the guest room's powder room-like ensiute into a fully functioning bathroom incorporating tropical ocean tones – resulting in a space that creates a sense of comfort and luxury for the family and their guests.

In addition, there was limited clothes storage in the master bedroom which needed to be addressed. 

We did so by designing a floating robe suspended on a wall in the vast ensuite bathroom which previously had a mirror and a medium sized bench.

The owners are delighted with the results, which turned a monolithic concrete structure into a warm, inviting home.

Credit list

Bathroom tiles
Ace Stone
Feature light fittings
Design Nation, Lucretia Lighting
Trends International Design Awards (TIDA) Homes – Winner
GRJ Homes
Guest bedroom – Unique Fabrics
Living area furniture
Milano Republic

Designed by: Di Henshall Interior Design

Story by: Trendsideas

Photography by: Jen Oliphant

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