Home to a creative (a script writer and producer), this upcycled and relocated 1950s house is nestled in Victoria’s seaside Mornington Peninsula. Brimming with vivid colour and an equally adventurous art collection, the renovation was carried out by The Stylesmiths, with interior designer Nicole Rutherford at the helm. Finished at the beginning of 2020, just in time for the owner to escape Melbourne’s long and gruelling COVID-19 lockdown, the home is a beautiful city escape hidden among coastal tea trees and banksias.
Originally a dark, box-like layout, the home has been opened up and made much more conducive to entertaining. “A desire to harness the childhood nostalgia of constant dinner parties and friends meant the new configuration called for uninterrupted flow between the areas of congregation,” says Nicole.
In achieving this, the kitchen was relocated to create more room and the third bedroom was converted into a living area that flows out onto the backyard deck; an inside/outside breakfast bar connects the kitchen with the outdoor area. And whilst not for everyone, we love the brave colour choice in the kitchen and the way the verdant hue echoes the surrounding landscape.
The nearby lounge room is free from a television and the furniture faces inwards on purpose making it a great place to relax and socialise. “The instantaneous gratitude associated with tech and screens is replaced with the steady movement and intricate composition of nature viewed through large, north-east facing windows,” says Nicole.
Perhaps the most eye-catching aspect of the room is its wall colour which also works to delineate the living zones. The rich amber paint is an ideal complement to the statement art that hangs upon it.
Photography: Gus MacDonald Photography