Ahmad Abas and Emily Cox

It’s been a while, but today we’re excited to share another West Australian home, with thanks to WA based stylist Anna Flanders, who keeps her eyes peeled for us in her hometown of Perth!

Today we share the eclectic home of architect Ahmad Abas, interior designer Emily Cox, and their young daughter Eva, in Perth’s Soda apartment building.

Lucy Feagins
Supported by Dulux

The Perth home of Ahmad Abas and Emily Cox. Above – Kitchen and dining areas, designed to incorporate natural light and an open living plan for their small family. Photo – Dion Robeson.

Kitchen details, including collected glassware and pendant lighting from Coco Flip. Styling – Anna Flanders. Photo – Bo Wong.

The home of architect Ahmad Abas and interior designer Emily Cox in Perth’s Soda Apartments. Photo – Dion Robeson.

The main living space flows from the nook (on the right) to the terrace (left), with the double volume ensuring there is always natural light and ventilation through the space. Deter’s chair in foreground. Styling – Anna Flanders. Photo – Bo Wong.

Living space detail.  Artwork – a Papunya Tula canvas by Tjunkiya Napaltjarri, from Emily’s time working in Kintore in the Northern Territory. Styling – Anna Flanders. Photo – Bo Wong.

Staircase from upstairs looking downwards. Styling – Anna Flanders. Photo – Bo Wong.

Eva’s bedroom. Light and mobile from Willian Topp, rug from Armadillo & co. Styling – Anna Flanders. Photo – Bo Wong.

Eva’s bedroom. ‘Parrot Men Dreaming’ by Florrie Chambers of Warakurna Artists. Styling – Anna Flanders. Photo – Bo Wong.

Bathroom. Bath is from is Ottocento (from Artedomus), ‘Splash’ encaustic tiles are by Entic and supplied by AJAR. Styling – Anna Flanders. Photo – Bo Wong.

Photo – Dion Robeson.

Outdoor space. Vintage school chairs from Industria, marble table from Ahmad’s family, and garden wall with herbs and succulents. Photo – Dion Robeson.

Herb and succulent garden on the lower terrace. Styling – Anna Flanders. Photo – Bo Wong.

Emily Cox and Ahmad Abas. Styling – Anna Flanders. Photo – Bo Wong.

Top level courtyard looking onto the lower level outdoor space. Photo – Dion Robeson

Lucy Feagins
14th of September 2016

You know an architect really takes pride in their work when they choose to live within one of their own developments. Such is the case with Ahmad Abas of Perth firm Gresley Abas, who lives with his little family in the Soda Apartments, designed by his practice.

As an architect and interior designer, Ahmad and Emily have ‘strong feelings’ about their living space! ‘When we decided to buy the apartment, we were very fortunate to have the opportunity to completely customise it to suit our family and our lifestyle’ explains Emily. ‘We made substantial changes to the original plan, making decisions that have turned this apartment into a unique space’.

The pair were keen to create a home that felt spacious, even though it is smaller than an ‘ordinary’ family home. They decided to forgo a third bedroom, so as to increase living space. Instead, they created a versatile ‘nook’ connected to the living space. This nook is a sometimes used as a spare room or a workspace. ‘It allows room to make a bit of a mess, without taking over the functionality of the space’ Emily explains.

Beyond the living space, a lush outdoor terrace with a planted green wall softens the space, and provides shelter from the western sun. At low level the garden is edible, higher up it is hardy.

Internally, Ahmad and Emily’s home is warm and welcoming, yet utilitarian at heart. The pair share a love of vintage and industrial pieces, and a passion for chairs! Their chair collection includes the Deter’s chair designed by Hans Wegner (‘it makes everyone who sits in it completely elegant’ Emily says), and an original Danish Safari chair, and well as a contemporary Hay chair, which Emily says represents a shift from ‘conversational furniture to family life!’

Other treasures include the couple’s much loved art collection – Emily is particularly fond of her works by indigenous artists, collected during time spent in the Central desert. Downstairs, a Papunya Tula painting by Tjunkiya Napaltjarri hangs proudly in the living space, whilst upstairs ‘Parrot Men dreaming’ in Eva’s room is by Florrie Chambers, a young and emerging artist from Warakurna Artists.

Though eclectic in its decoration, Ahmed and Emily’s home is characterised by a distinct sense of simplicity. ‘It is so easy, there is nothing extra, no fuss’ Emily says. ‘We walk to work in the CBD in 10 mins, and cycle everywhere else. We have exactly the right amount of space, no more or less.’

Little Eva and Ahmad on the terrace. Styling – Anna Flanders. Photo – Bo Wong.

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