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Californian Bungalow Family Home Transformation - Before/After

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This beautiful project is a tale of two spaces, the good front room for the grown-ups to catch up with friends in and the new extension that is all about family and casual family living.


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Inviting Family Home with Character · More Info


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We started this project in between Melbourne lockdowns. Our clients are a family with 2 teenage children and a puppy cavoodle, who wanted to take the almost empty front room to a space they can gather for family time. My clients had recently relocated back to Melbourne into a generous art deco home from Singapore where they had been living in an apartment for 7 years. It was time to take this new luxury of space and put it to good use with new furniture.


The existing living room was arranged in a very awkward way, with a pair of French doors as you enter, a fireplace/bookcase on one side the further into the room, almost as a separate space is a pair of curved windows and a large picture window. There was a beloved sofa positioned under the window that was the drawcard of the room… a perfect spot to read and lounge in the sun while home learning. We incorporated this existing sofa as it was a quality piece and fit perfectly under the window.


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After:

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The brief for the project was to create a space that the family can gather near the fireplace in the evening and play board games. As the designer, it was important the window area and the fireplace area needed to have a relationship; a link, so they became one space. I did this by bringing a pair of swivel armchairs into the room, that can be moved to work in both spaces. We also needed a coffee table that could be walked around to get to all areas, and big enough to set up a game.


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Another tool used was to bring in a larger area rug that defined the space in front of the fireplace with the new sofa and armchairs.


The wall colour has stayed in the range of a warm rich beige, the depth of colour adds a feeling of cosiness, which we wanted to create for use in the evening.


We sourced a beautiful multi-toned rug that worked with the idea of a navy velvet sofa, which our client had her heart set on. We landed on a fabric that leans into a teal tone. The armchairs were selected to have an ice blue textured chenille. All of these tones of blue then tied in with the artwork commissioned by Melbourne artist Chalie Macrae.


After:

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We started to layer accents in gold tones. The starburst mirror, the bar cart, accents on the coffee table, and lamps. We also added white details to add a little sharpness to the room through lamps, and other accessories, and then the classic plants like palms and ferns. These touches all enhanced the “warm” feeling created in the space.


After:

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The room has gone from a space that was under used, to an inviting room for any time of the day.


Check out the entire project here.

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