What struck the jury most about this extremely confident and beautiful interior styling is the designer’s sensitive and thoughtful approach in delivering an outcome that responds to the needs of a mature-aged client. With this in mind, the scheme eschews trends and instead celebrates the building’s grand heritage. The interior’s timeless quality resonates with a sense of luxury, which is best expressed in the generously proportioned yet finely detailed bathroom. Furnishings in the living areas embrace the Victorian period and each room is given its own character through a distinct furniture selection. The different styles include such covetable pieces as a lushly patterned rug in the dining room, opulent burgundy lounge chairs in the sitting room and minimalist blonde joinery in the kitchen. It’s a very well considered arrangement that appears eclectic at first glance, but on closer inspection, is utterly balanced and harmonious. This home reflects the client’s personality, representing her in a way that is fabulous, comfortable and highly functional.
The refurbishment of this grand heritage home optimises an existing simplicity of detail. The design has clarified this further through minimal palette shifts expressed as large swathes of unbroken colour. Soft and expressive detailing provides a restrained and liveable sense of luxury, while wholly opulent furnishings defy era specific trends.