Materiality is consistent throughout, with timber flooring echoed in the bathroom cabinetry upstairs and powder-coated steel joinery on the balustrades matching with those on the exterior. Throws and cushions were custom-made by Verso Architecture and Interiors using fabrics from Westbury, Warwick, Icon Textiles, and Textilia.
In the downstairs powder room, finishes elevate the space from a dingy room under the stairs to a talking point, with Zoffany Hawksmoor textured metallic wallpaper to play on the cave-like feeling of the space. The Lee Broom Whisky lights relate to the living room cabinet, and the powder room is finished with a Kelly Wearstler mirror.
As the clients are a long way from home, Verso Architecture + Interiors created an ancestor wall on the stairs for family photographs, with the intention to be able to add to it in years to come. The end result is a home that the owners describe as being better than they ever thought possible, with a considered material palette that suits their personalities and the way they live to a tee.
Words by Camille Khouri
The owners of this home in the central suburb of Parnell, with views of Hobson Bay, wanted a full interior design treatment that incorporated their love of socialising and entertaining as well as a need for privacy and refuge from the busy city. Originally from Ireland, their tastes relate to a European sentiment that is traditional in material and colour choices, but they also had a sense of humour and were open to incorporating some quirky design elements into the project.
Perhaps the most striking feature of the house is the floor-to-ceiling custom-designed cabinet in the living room, which houses the homeowners’ 200 bottle collection of whisky. Being bar owners, the clients requested that this feature be presented in a domestic way, so that their living room didn’t feel like a bar. The cabinet has a combination of finished backlit bronze Metalier panels and an antique mirror splashback, with pietra grey marble and charcoal painted cabinetry.
Throughout the house, a background palette of greys and neutrals is brought to life through carefully selected furniture pieces, fabrics and fittings. Vibrant patterned fabrics include selections from Kelly Wearstler, Morris and Co printed velvets, House of Hackney florals and Ralph Lauren houndstooth and plaids, which add a country-house vibe to the spaces.