When a builder builds their dream home, it’s always interesting to take a peek inside. Nestled within trees in a picturesque part of Wollongong, this home was originally built in 1956 but was recently renovated and extended by its owners Dane and Zoe Cartwright of the Illawarra construction group, Projection Build. Drawing on the home’s original Art Deco curves, Sherson Architecture is responsible for the redesign while Lee Talbot of Maven Home worked on the understated yet luxurious interiors.
“We wanted to celebrate the curved brick façade and curved balcony that were features of the existing Art Deco home,” says Zoe Cartwright of the five bedroom, five bathroom home that she shares with her husband and three young boys.
Soft, curved archways and internal windows abound – all designed to allow natural light to flow throughout. Art Deco inspired curvature features in other ways too – there’s plenty of rounded corners including the custom Vigo Lena marble kitchen island bench and the nearby handmade timber dining table.
The lounge room is another tranquil space that features a custom designed pink lounge with fluted detailing. “Our interior designer Lee designed it and we worked with Heartwood and Upholstery Stitches to bring it to life,” says Zoe. A Sarah Ellison coffee table, two mustard Jardan occasional chairs and a Bam Bam rug complete the room.
Nearby in the library, fluted Carrara marble was used to restore the original fireplace turning it into an eye-catching statement piece. “A focal point of the space, the Vigo Lena marble curved floor slab and mantelpiece by Artedomus is highlighted by the natural light in the space,” says Zoe.
When it comes to the colour and materials palette, Zoe was inspired by boutique hotel and resort looks – particularly Brisbane’s Calile Hotel and Rae’s on Wategos in Byron Bay. “Our family loves Byron Bay for its coastal vibes and Rae’s became a big inspiration for the organic tones, white curves and natural looking arches,” says Zoe.
The home’s mostly muted colour palette features pops of dusty pink, eucalyptus and sea foam green, most notably in the wet areas. Sourced locally from Wollongong suppliers Inigo Jones & Co. and Vulcano Design, ‘Moroccan Bejmat’ hand crafted tiles are paired with honed terrazzo on the floors.
“It’s my dream home. We always have visitors and we love entertaining. There are so many areas to discover and relax in – it feels like our own secluded resort. The master retreat feels like a hotel room or day spa. Overlooking Wollongong, the views are spectacular, especially at night with all of the lights. It’s heaven!”
Photography: Palm Co.