Hawthorn Home


June 9, 2016

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When I first entered the entrance hallway of this Hawthorn house I knew, even with the colonial colours and runners which reminded me of a 1970s pub carpet, that there was a gem waiting to be uncovered. First things first – with a fresh coat of paint I created a softness which the detailing of the room deserved, leaning towards an ecru colour for the walls; this was continued throughout the house. Next I replaced the runners with handwoven jute herringbone in a blue-grey. I fell in love with the William Yeoward centre table and Ancestry floor mirror when making my regular visit to Cromwells and I knew they would be perfect for the space! The Oly sea urchin sculpture was another piece that caught my eye. The client loved it all, so I couldn’t have been more delighted!

Originally this room was painted in an overwhelming array of colonial colours and the carpet that lay beneath our feet followed a similar theme. The client and I loved the bones of the room so we pared it right back with a fresh coat of paint and brought the original floorboards back to life. After this everything just fell into place. The addition of Galbraith and Paul fabric in the window furnishing, the Behruz rug, Cromwells’ artwork and floor lamps and – my favourite – the bespoke hand painted dining chairs, gave the room a sophisticated and comfortable feel in which to enjoy a meal amongst friends and family.

Previously this room was painted with Renaissance inspired motifs in amongst an array of colonial paint colours. As in the rest of the house, we pared it back with a fresh coat of paint. Using lots of cushions, we cozied up the window seat; this has now become a favourite spot for my clients to sit and read in the winter sunshine. The room was quite narrow, so I recommended slipper chairs for the space; they are a great option when space is a little tight and are aesthetically very beautiful. For the same reason I specified a glass coffee table. A Wills and Sons Georgian sofa allowed for a classic look with minimal fuss. The William Yeoward console table supplied by Cromwells is from the same family as the centre table in the entrance hallway; this table is visible from inside the room, allowing for a sense of unity from one room to the next. The original centre light remains in the room at the request of the client, so I brought in the iron floor lamps from Cromwells to make it feel more at home.

The master bedroom was another room in this stunning Hawthorn house requiring a fresh coat of paint over the colonial shades of deep maroon, which were previously its feature. The bed, the clients own which was kept at their request, was originally a timber stain which had taken on an orange tint due to light exposure so I had it hand painted in order to soften it. With the introduction of Allegra Hicks fabric for the curtains, Chloe Planinsek art above the bed and the fireplace, and new bedsides and lamps, the room now exudes an atmosphere of calmness and elegance which is perfect for my clients to wind down in after their busy days.