A compact family home in leafy Westmere, originally designed by architects Richard Priest and Susan Hillery in the early 2000's has been given a contemporary update, now that the homeowners are empty nesters.
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Layering and texture in Westmere
"With a well-defined, high contrast modern aesthetic, the home is made up of a protective shell of steel with darkened cedar surrounding the interior. A very minimal design with strong lines, crisp white walls and dark flooring throughout."
The homeowners are a lovely, grounded couple that appreciate good design. An incident with an old age dog meant new carpet and curtains were required urgently so interior designer, Kate Pilot was engaged to help with the selections.
Kate’s existing relationship with the client, through a prior design for the interior of their business was helpful and made the process easy for Kate to tackle their home.
The client was also thinking about investing in some new furniture to enjoy for the years to come so the initial brief was to provide an overall feel and vision for the entire house then work through elements that were a priority, adding in furniture and other pieces in stages, over time.
The objective was to implement a softer, timeless space that complimented the style of the home and reflect the welcoming and warm personality of the client.
For Kate it was a very intuitive design, “I had an understanding of the clients as individuals, as well as a couple. I was inspired by them and wanted the home to be a place where they could relax and enjoy being in, and also reflect their personality” says Kate.
James Dunlop's Palo linen fabric in Dune was chosen for the main curtains in the downstairs living areas. On a separate track are Sencha fabric sheers, so they can be drawn to defuse sun while ensuring the space felt light and soft, as well as give another layer to the window.
The lovely heavy linen curtains, were installed to slightly puddle and are to add natural richness and softness as well as give complete privacy when drawn at night. Having both curtains on separate tracks around the whole living areas, lets you play with the layering effect as well as work on light diffusion as the sun moves around throughout the day.
Also specified was the lovely Laconia Air in Haze on a ceiling mounted track, to hide the built-in shelving in the mezzanine transition area, this added some soft colour and texture.
Custom cushions in Mokum Otto in colours linen and willow also compliment the scheme “I love the texture and soft colour range Mokum Otto comes in, and it worked perfectly with the drapery as well as complimenting the leather colours we chose for the couch and lounge chairs.” Kate says.
The general colour palette for the space was warm, natural tones with touches of green and blue hues, to add the softness and texture and compliment the very black and white clean lines of the existing elements.
In this project the fabrics had a big impact in transforming the space.
Photography: Ben Rowsell