“We just love this house, It is very private and serene, with glimpses of greenery from just about every window. It feels like a true family home.”
Blame it on Project Meatpacking Glam—which is taking up a lot of my attention these days—but I’m increasingly drawn to minimalist and monochrome interiors. Naturally I was instantly drawn to this layered monochrome family room on MyDomaine.
This Victorian terrace home in Melbourne belongs to Architect duo Stephen O’Connor and Annick Houle; their 11-year-old twins; a cat (Couscous), and a brown lab named Nutella (side note: put these food-themed pet names down as some of my favorites ever).
One thing that’s typical of Australian interiors (more specifically Victorian ones) is the almost stretched-out tension between traditional and modern (the heritage laws can be very strict in Australia). This tention between architectural styles can sometimes work very nicely (like in this case), but it can also go very very wrong.
Fun fact: my third house in Australia (yes, I move a lot) was a Victorian cottage. We too, had an overly modern extension at the back of the house. The front remained period appropriate: ornate plaster mouldings, exterior ironwork, marble fireplaces, stained glass windows, ceiling roses, wide oak plank flooring… The back was all concrete floors, steel window frames and butcher block counter tops.
Would you dare make radically modern renovations to a historic home, or are you more of a traditionalist? Discuss in the comments below.
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