By focusing on clean lines and quality materials, Bella Vie Interiors transformed a much loved but out of date house in Canberra into a fresh and beautiful retreat.
Following on from Part 1 we share how a 30 year old extension was given a makeover to totally transform its dated peach coloured interior to a fresh and light retreat for its owners.
A fresh Scandinavian inspired home is the outcome of this well overdue
A neutral palette is balanced with black accents and American walnut timber in a contemporary interior design by Bella Vie Interiors.
The owners of this new build home in rural Goulburn purchased the property with a frame, roof and set of plans that didn’t really meet the needs of their family or lifestyle. They needed a design that suited the rigours of day-to-day life with children, with an aesthetic and practicality to cater for their frequent large-scale entertaining. To help them with their project they approached Canberra interior design firm Bella Vie Interiors.
Style and Function
To meet the owners’ needs, the original floor plan was modified to accommodate six bedrooms, a scullery, activities room and three-car garage. The owners’ knew that they wanted a brick exterior, neutral colour scheme and contemporary style; outside of this the interior design was completely in the hands of interior designer, Lisa Alward. The owner’s style leans towards a more traditional style with timber and square, masculine elements. This was balanced by turning on the glamour in the formal entertaining rooms, and incorporating wallpaper and feature pendants throughout the house.
The first site visit revealed just how vast this project really was and exposed its shortcomings. The key challenges were apparent even at frame up stage with a lack of light in the central kitchen that was overshadowed by the outdoor alfresco and just how large the proportions of the rooms were. This large house needed to feel homely and spacious and not austere and unwelcoming.
The design was approached with two clear outcomes; firstly to create comfort and practicality within the spaces frequently used by the family, and secondly to add glamour, elegance and luxury to the spaces used by guests. Custom designed joinery and careful consideration to finishes selections throughout, allowed the interior design to remain cohesive through both these zones.
The Key Elements
An elegant entry into the house with a striking central black feature pendant and an adjoining study, with custom joinery rich in American walnut timber and dark plantation shutters, reveal a glimpse of what lies beyond. Beautiful layers of lighting lead guests through to the formal lounge and dining room where the proportions of this home become apparent.
A bespoke 6.2 metre dining table designed to seat 24 people runs parallel to a 4.5 metre American walnut bar. A bronzed mirrored splashback, copper coloured sink, black tapware and Caesarstone ‘Emperadoro’ bench top are combined with graphic wallpaper, statement pendants and 15 metres of floor to ceiling curtains to set the scene for a 70’s inspired entertaining area.
By contrast, the kitchen is white, light and bright with Dulux ‘vivid white’ and ‘beige royal’ accented by Caesarstone ‘Calacutta Nuvo’ and ‘Linen’ benchtops. Meile appliances, integrated fridges and extensive storage cater for entertaining and the large scullery provides a place to clean up the mess, whilst the kitchen remains pristine and on show.
The wet areas have not been immune to the segregation of zoning with the powder room and master en-suite elegantly tiled walls offset with polyurethane joinery, 80mm bench tops, black tap ware and feature pendants. Three additional bathrooms feature a more pared back style with soft grey tiles, functional lighting and practical, family friendly finishes that maintain the overall style of the interior design.
In our next blog post, we'll share the finishing touches and more images from this beautiful project. We'd love to hear your thoughts on this project and love you to share it with your friends.
With lighting being one of the most important features in a home, the search for the perfect pendant can seem like a never-ending task at times, even as an Interior Designer. Pendant lighting provides direct task lighting to an area and can create a beautiful ambience in areas with higher ceilings.
I've been working on one particular project for five months now. It's a new home that is now in the build phase so things are finally starting to take shape with most of the selections finalised. One area has been under consideration for the entire time... the formal dining room.
The Room Design... The style of a pendant needs to suit the style of the room and the ambience being created. A dining room I'm currently working on is for entertaining on a grand scale with the room design featuring a super glamorous four and a half metre Ebony Macassar bar with a bronze mirror splash back and a six metre dining table. The lighting needs to make a statement and enhance the space.
The pendant light I've had in my mind since the design concept stage has been the Jason Miller Modo Chandelier and now I've seen this grouping I'm convinced it will be the right choice. Just the right amount of glamour for a modern chandelier. See my tips below on choosing the perfect pendant for your dining room.
Choosing the right type of pendant for over a dining table adds to the ambience of the room and the mood you want to create.
Selecting a style of pendant depends very much on the size and shape of your dining table. Choose from the following styles of pendant lights for the best results;
Drum pendants - when used alone these are best suited to round or square dining tables, and should be used as a pair over a longer rectangle table. The proportion of a drum pendant must suit the size of your dining table and not overwhelm it. Drum pendants suit modern dining rooms and the fabric can be customised to suit the room style and a diffuser minimises glare over the table.
Small pendants and multi-lamp pendants - small pendants of the same or different shapes and sizes can be grouped together at different heights to suit your dining table. A linear grouping suits a rectangle table while a round grouping suits a square or round table. Hanging them at different heights can add visual interest to the arrangement. A multi-lamp pendant can be a modern style pendant or chandelier. Depending on their size, these can be used alone or as pair (as I'm planning in a current design project). Their pre-configured design takes the guesswork out of arranging individual pendants and are available with mounting plates of different size and shape to suit most dining tables.
Medium and large pendants - can be used to make a great statement over a dining table. Selecting the right size to complement your dining table is important. I recommend the pendant sits about 15-20cm in from the side of your dining table.
Mounting height - to choose the height for mounting, your pendants should be higher than eye level and low enough to provide sufficient light on the dining table. Carefully view the pendant lights you are hanging at the installation stage to ensure you are happy with the height and placement.
If you have any lighting questions feel free to contact me at Bella Vie Interiors.
Images from Pinterest, Nika Zupanc, The Contemporist, Jason Miller
Founder and Interior Designer - Bella Vie Interiors.