A knockdown and re-build in the Melbourne suburb of Essendon, this fresh and timeless abode is home to Tory and Andrew Keam and their two young daughters Ivy and Lola. “We were after a classic and timeless look. ‘Sophisticated Hamptons’ was the design brief. Light and white with brass accents,” explains Tory, of the home that took two years to build (from demolition to completion) and is the work of Mayché alongside Anna Todorova of Instyle Design.
While the front of the home has a classic feel, if you look a little closer you’ll notice that it’s clad in two different sized boards, all of which were painted in Dulux Snowy Mountain Quarter. A unique choice, we love attention to detail like this. The contrasting front door was painted in Dulux Night Sky which complements the feature tile on the porch.
The generous master bedroom features pendant lights from Lighting Collective and a gorgeous bay window. “The bay window was a must-have,” says Tory. The brass arched mirrors in the adjacent ensuite are from Middle of Nowhere while brass Phoenix tapware finishes the look.
Aside from the parents’ zone, the home features a mud room, media room, study, powder room, lounge room, dining, kitchen, another two bedrooms and a girls’ bathroom. “The girls occupy one side of the house and we designed it so that when they are older, they can have their own space to entertain friends,” says Tory.
Lofty 3.2-metre-high ceilings run throughout the home and other features include dado rails and a large fireplace clad in marble tiles with decorative mantle that takes pride of place in the living room.
The fresh white kitchen features a gas strut window that leads out to the home’s alfresco area. “That window was a must-have for us and it’s super cool. We are planning on entertaining a lot when COVID restrictions are lifted!” says Tory.
Arguably the most beautiful space in the home, the pool is surrounded by a gorgeous aluminium steel cabana that creates a resort-like vibe. “The cabana was the biggest splurge, but we are so glad we did it. It adds such a luxe feel and really finishes the space.”
Photography: Dylan James & Keller Agency