Located in Melbourne’s iconic beachside suburb of St Kilda, this double story Victorian terrace was restored to its former grandeur recently by Melanie Beyond Architecture and Design. “We aimed to provide our clients with a functional home that honoured its 19th century bones while also drawing reference from the client’s passion for Parisian décor,” says Melanie Beynon of the stunning abode that features beautiful, luxe materials and detailing but is practical enough for family living.
Upon passing through the home’s grand Victorian entry, the owners’ love of blue is plain to see. A highlight space, the lavish front sitting room is painted in a gorgeous blue shade – it’s the perfect complement to the room’s original marble fireplace and antique crystal chandelier. The room is beautifully furnished and accessorised with a mix of pieces from Gubi, Coco Republic, Kartell, Mondoluce and House of Orange.
The heart of the home, the rear of the ground floor was reworked to include kitchen, dining and living zones with new expansive steel-framed doors and windows opening to the garden. “This communal space is refined in form, function and materiality to facilitate optimal family living. The kitchen is outfitted with customised tapware and high-end equipment to accent the carte blanche space,” says Melanie.
A feature Volker Haug pendant light hangs over a large porcelain-clad island bench that is offset by soft grey cabinetry – a separate bar area is the perfect spot for entertaining guests. New parquetry oak flooring and an integrated gas fireplace adds warmth and comfort to the shared space.
Navy carpet leads from the entry up the remastered original staircase – the master bedroom is a highlight upstairs. “The palatial master suite bathroom is the feature of the first floor, boasting a spacious light-filled volume with high ceilings, restored fireplace, double shower and a double vanity accented with indigo blue joinery,” says Melanie. Custom polished nickel tapware and brass detailing complete the scene.
“This project proved to be a true collaboration between our client’s personal aspirations, our architectural interpretation, and the builder’s realisation. Through this rounded approach we believe this monumental Victorian home has reached its full living potential and can sit proud amongst its heritage neighbours.”
Photography: Sharyn Cairns | Styling: Sandford Grey + Hilgar Design