A fresh Scandinavian inspired home is the outcome of this well overdue
At a stage in life when many couples are enjoying their retirement having down-sized to a smaller, more manageable house; the owners of this Canberra house embarked on the biggest makeover their house had seen in 30 years. A large extension was undertaken at this time and has remained, for the most part, untouched until the owners approached Bella Vie Interiors to makeover their much loved home.
The brief given to Lisa Alward from Bella Vie Interiors was to transform an impractical living room, tiny bathroom, outdated kitchen and step-down laundry into rooms that allowed the owners to easily entertain large groups of family and friends, while delivering the practical aspects required as mobility decreases. High on the wishlist… the slate floors had to stay and the rendered walls and step down laundry had to go.
The owners were immensely proud of many of the existing homes features that were almost solely handcrafted by the man of the house. The house held a lot of fond memories for them and any changes had to reinforce their practical approach to design and function.
A Difficult Living Room
Before the renovation, the living and dining room were a split-level space defined by a central fireplace. To further fracture the space there was four tree columns used to support the ply-lined pitched roof. A narrow step encroached into the living room, resulting in a room that was almost impossible for a group of people to socialise in.
The clients wanted to create an open living room with a new gas fire and larger recessed stair to suit their needs, whilst retaining space for their extensive book collection.
Bella Vie Interiors opened up the centre of the room by locating the new fireplace on a sidewall and including a glass wall to allow visibility and safety between the two floor levels. The wall of existing bookshelves was replaced using Queensland Black Bean timber from the owner’s own extensive timber collection.
The finishing touches, delivered through carefully selected Scandinavian inspired furnishings, brought the space together for the owners to create an interior they knew they wanted but couldn’t create on their own.
Look out for our post on transforming the rest of this wonderful project. Please let us know your favourite part of this project and be sure to share with your friends.
Credits: Images by Nathan Lanham Photography; Window Treatments by Chadwick Designs; Builder - D3 Projects
Founder and Interior Designer - Bella Vie Interiors.