By focusing on clean lines and quality materials, Bella Vie Interiors transformed a much loved but out of date house in Canberra into a fresh and beautiful retreat.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
Following on from Part 1 we share how a neutral palette is balanced with black accents and American walnut timber in a contemporary interior design by Bella Vie Interiors.
The object was to achieve a luxurious interior that exudes style and elegance in areas used during entertaining and a functional, contemporary style throughout the rest of the house.
The right finishes add depth and texture to what could easily have been a large family home with a beige interior. The main floors in the house are tiled to accommodate under floor heating throughout. Carpet adds visual warmth and comfort in bedrooms, lounge and living rooms. American walnut was selected to add substance and masculinity to the lighter coloured more feminine finishes and design features incorporated throughout.
Window furnishings were well thought out to cater for the needs of each area in the home with the almost-black plantation shutters adding drama and contrast. Remote controlled blinds add ease to more practical aspects of maintaining a house of this size.
Lighting is pivotal to overcoming the key challenge of creating intimacy within the home and is perhaps one of the owners’ most favoured aspects of their home. Layers of lighting give them the ability to adapt their surroundings to suit their activities and also add warmth and elegance.
The final touch to the interior design of this stunning new home is the new furniture yet to be installed. In addition to the Earl Pinto 6.2 metre American walnut table commissioned by Bella Vie Interiors, beautiful Jardan pieces will feature throughout.
Bella Vie Interiors has delivered the clients’ a home beyond their expectations by providing a welcoming interior for them to create new memories as a family and a luxurious and elegant venue for them to entertain with pride and ease.
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An exciting day here as builders commence work on another of my Interior Design projects. This time I'm working with Canberra Builders, D3 Projects on a house renovation in the lovely Canberra suburb of Griffith.
Today being Day 1 on site, I thought I'd surprise Rich and the boys with some home baked Banana Bread this morning.
As you can see from the inside image of the house, we have a unique living space to work with making this a really exciting project for both D3 Projects and Bella Vie Interiors. It's not often you come across homes that have been hand-crafted to the level of detail in this one.
Our clients are amazing and such a joy to work with, embracing innovative new design concepts into a home that has essentially remained unchanged for three decades. Many aspects of the home having been crafted by the client as practical solutions to improve functionality.
On this project both builder and interior designer have collaborated to create a design that meets the clients' needs to improve the thermal properties of the space and enhance it aesthetically. Our clients are excited and so are we, and now that I've worked out that morning tea goes a long way to keeping the tradies happy I think I'm on the way to becoming their favourite Interior Designer.
I look forward to sharing updates on our Griffith project as the renovation progresses.
See more Interior Design projects by Bella Vie Interiors here and by Builders, D3 Projects, here.
Today my clients' gained a clear view of the facade of the new home they are building in Goulburn, a regional town in NSW.
Previously this house has been hidden behind shrubs and temporary fencing allowing only glimpses of the entire facade. It looks amazing and I'm sure I feel as excited about the unveiling as my clients' do. I almost didn't recognise it with its newly poured concrete driveway and gate pillars. This image only shows the right hand side of the house... and yes, it is a rather large single storey house.
Although I am an Interior Designer, I have been very involved in many aspects of this new build. Most recently, working to brief and engage a landscaper. For this project I'm privileged to be working together with Chris Rowlands Landscaping on transforming the exterior of this large property into a beautiful garden for the family to enjoy.
We're now at the stage of finalising the exterior colour selection for the driveway and gates along with the rendered portico and pillars. Originally it was going to be Colourbond® Monument to match the roof, but the consensus is charcoal grey which will form a beautiful backdrop for the foliage of the selected plants. Western red cedar has been selected for a large pivoting entry door and garage doors soon to be installed.
As with interiors of homes, its important to get the right colour scheme for the exterior, taking into consideration surrounding properties, the house style and the garden. I look forward to sharing the updates as the garden and takes shape along with the interiors which are currently being tiled. I have a site visit scheduled this coming week, so expect plenty of pics. Exciting times... This is why I love being an Interior Designer.
If you've ever been involved in building a new home or undertaking a major house renovation please share your experience with choosing the exterior colour scheme. Did you find it daunting?
Take a quick look at these copper door knobs and let me tell you where I found them...
Easter Sunday I found myself caught up amongst hundreds of parents and young children following the Easter Trail around the corridors and rooms of Old Parliament House, Canberra. Excited children running in and out of rooms that one day housed the Commonwealth Parliament. Me... amazed that the premises are readily made available for events like this and that I haven't visited it since living in Canberra. If you are at all interested in design or history, I urge you to put it on your list of places to visit when in Canberra.
Being a designer I was drawn to the beauty and simplicity of both the exterior and the interior design. Designed by John Smith Murdoch in the simplified or 'stripped' Classical style used in the 1920s and 1930s for Australian Government buildings, the design is both simple and functional but also extremely beautiful.
Timber panelling throughout showcases stunning Australian timbers including Tasmanian Blackwood and Black bean wood - both timbers incorporated in an Interior Design project I'm working on. Look at this beautiful example of timber panelling in the bathroom of the Prime Minister's suite. Such a contrast to the simple and functional white laminate joinery butting up to it.
Hand woven carpets feature Australian Eucalyptus leaves and Wattle blossom are dotted with equally beautiful timber furniture and upholstered seating designed by Murdoch in simplified classicism.
But my gem from the day is this snapshot of the bathroom. If you've followed any of my social media, you'll know I love mosaic tiles, and this is not what I have in mind when I'm thinking mosaics.
I'm sure it would have been an eye-catching bathroom in its day. What do you think?
Founder and Interior Designer - Bella Vie Interiors.