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Outer Melbourne oasis

Melbourne couple, George and Claudia, relocated from Kew when they found tranquil acreage in the outer suburb of Research. To assist them in transforming the dark and segmented 1980s house into a warm, spacious, and inviting contemporary home, they engaged Sally Wilson of Substance Within Design.

Improved spatial planning was central to the renovation, focussing on creating an inviting open plan kitchen, dining, living and outdoor space for entertaining friends and family. They replaced the existing kitchen with a much larger version, with aspirations of hosting formal dinner parties as well as casual family dinners.

George and Claudia sought to incorporate elements of a luxury travel resort into the comfort and usability of an everyday home by prioritising the connection between the indoor and outdoor spaces. 

"Melbourne couple, George and Claudia, relocated from Kew when they found tranquil acreage in the outer suburb of Research. "


Catherine Martin by Mokum

Sheer curtains by Shade Collective made it possible for them to capture as much natural light in the home as possible, while also accommodating the fluctuating Melbourne climate. “The Satori Stonewash linen curtain across the nine-meter expanse of the bi-fold doors, is the luxury statement that the room deserved,” says Sally.

Claudia’s South African heritage was a major influence in the design aesthetic of this project, around which Sally was able to build a colour palette of earthy, organic tones with accents of turquoise and rust. These maximalist influences are played up most notably in the furniture. Papillon Furniture covered the circular sofa in Zebre by Mokum and the sofa cushions in Leopardo by Catherine Martin by Mokum, which Sally says, “could not have been more perfect to inject an unmistakable African aesthetic into the main living room.”

“Overall, there is a mixture of elegant, plush, robust and organic fibres that reflect light, create warmth and invite relaxation!”


Product used:

Living area curtains by Shade Collective in 100% Linen - Satori Stonewash 12601, Copper, Mokum.

Sofa Cushions by Papillion Furniture - Leopardo 12396, Classic 830, Catherine Martin for Mokum.

Photographer Credit:

Suzi Appel Photography, Styling Julianne Bull - The Den Interiors                                 


Sally Wilson – Director & Principal Interior Designer   ABN: 50 123 082 433

Mobile – 0400140176   

Website – Substance Within Design

Thanks to Morgan @ Shade Collective, Robert @ Papillion Furniture for the window coverings and custom furniture & upholstery.