BuildHer student and design enthusiast Maddie Witter put her skills to use renovating her inner-city Melbourne family home to create a beautiful light-filled sanctuary, perfect for modern family life.
With the help of Calibre Built Developments, Maddie began her renovation journey in 2019.
While stripping out the internals of the home, the build team uncovered beautiful Victorian-style ceilings that had been covered over years before. These treasures had a big impact on the design potential of the renovation. Maddie chose to honour the heritage of the home by including features such as ceiling roses and traditional cornices in the rebuild that would reflect this rediscovered history.
An alluring neutral colour palette was chosen for the home, with tone-on-tone textures added to achieve an earthy modern feel throughout, while steel windows provide a contemporary contrast against white walls.
The kitchen, designed by Co Kitchens and BuildHer Collective, is the heart of the home. It utilises a beautiful selections of light timber Laminex cabinetry, white Caesarstone countertops and organic brass Pegasi tapware by Faucet Strommen. “We chose Faucet Strommen because we were looking for tapware that was durable and beautiful,” says homeowner Maddie. “I searched far and wide for scratch-resistant tapware and Faucet Strommen was the only brand that passed my test.”
The second stage of the project included bathroom renovations that also utilised the raw brushed brass of the Pegasi collection from Faucet Strommen, ensuring a cohesive design throughout the home.
In the children’s ensuite, a child-friendly inset bathtub is surrounded by charming mosaic wall tiles that meet a stunning pink Pavlova terrazzo floor tile, giving the space added pizazz. An elegant ivory concrete basin from Nood Co and warm timber vanity from Ingrain Designs belies the surprisingly budget-friendly space. The main bathroom features warm pink wall tiles that sit comfortably with the appealing patina of the tapware, working beautifully with the custom timber vanity.
Neutral yet full of character, these bathroom spaces function perfectly for a modern family yet suggest a throwback to the heritage of the original structure of the home thanks to their warm design.
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