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An Interior Designer's Graceful Renovation

Homes

When it came to renovating her own home, interior designer Therese Carrodus of Full Of Grace Interiors accomplished the seemingly impossible – turning a compact semi-detached cottage into a surprisingly flexible and functional 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom family home.

Now accommodating a busy young family of four (Therese, husband Chris, daughter Rosie and baby boy Barnaby), this clever renovation utilises every inch of space to its fullest.

 

2nd August, 2017

Kitchen
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Therese didn’t want the entire kitchen to be exposed to the living and dining area, so included a partition wall.  Re-upholstered midcentury bar stools, blue Solo stool by District Furniture, artwork by Zac Koukoravas from Flinders Lane Gallery and flowers by Anna Loughnan Flower. Production/styling – Lucy Feagins. Photo – Eve Wilson for The Design Files.

Study nook
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The deep blue study nook provides a striking backdrop for the dining area. Production/styling – Lucy Feagins. Photo – Eve Wilson for The Design Files.

Living room
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‘If we are not outside sitting at the bench seat then we are probably hanging out around the island bench,’ tells Therese. Production/styling – Lucy Feagins. Photo – Eve Wilson for The Design Files.

Kitchen
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All of the appliances are concealed either behind the freestanding partition wall or within the joinery to keep the kitchen clutter free. Dinosaur Designs blue bowl and flowers by Anna Loughnan Flowers. Production/styling – Lucy Feagins. Photo – Eve Wilson for The Design Files.

Dining area
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Punches of navy blue are injected throughout the house, contrasting against the otherwise subdued palette. Artek commemorative print from Luke Furniture and flowers by Anna Loughnan Flowers. Production/styling – Lucy Feagins. Photo – Eve Wilson for The Design Files.

Living room
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‘I love flopping onto the couch in winter when the wood log fire is going and is crackling away!’ tells Therese. They often open up the glass sliding doors, which doubles the living space. Production/styling – Lucy Feagins. Photo – Eve Wilson for The Design Files.

Therese pictured with her children Barnaby (1), and Rosie (3). Production/styling – Lucy Feagins. Photo – Eve Wilson for The Design Files.

Living room
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Tembo armchair and Normann Copenhagen round coffee table, both by District Furniture, with sofa is from Fanuli and pale pink rug by Cadrys Rugs. Production/styling – Lucy Feagins. Photo – Eve Wilson for The Design Files.

Rosie’s room
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Therese collected most of the furniture from a flea market in the UK. The print on the wall is a photo she had blown up of her mum with a few of her girlfriends in Paris, taken in 1959! Production/styling – Lucy Feagins. Photo – Eve Wilson for The Design Files.

Master Bedroom
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Therese loves the relaxed and airy feel of this space. Line table lamp by Douglas & Bec, artwork by Kerry Armstrong and flowers by Anna Loughnan Flowers. Production/styling – Lucy Feagins. Photo – Eve Wilson for The Design Files.

In the warmer months the family spends most lots of time sitting outside on their built-in bench seat.  The garden was designed by friend Penny O’Loughlin. Production/styling – Lucy Feagins. Photo – Eve Wilson for The Design Files.

Front exterior
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‘I love the original diamond sash windows, the new grey stone crazy paving along the driveway and the art deco front door with it’s beautiful lead light glass (that I bought on Ebay),’ tells Therese. Production/styling – Lucy Feagins. Photo – Eve Wilson for The Design Files.

Lucy Feagins
Wednesday 2nd August 2017

‘The design intent for this project was all about being able to inhabit each and every inch of this house’.

When renovating her compact South Yarra home, interior designer Therese Carrodus achieved the seemingly impossible – turning two bedrooms into three, and one bathroom into two! This significant expansion was achieved with the design of an extension incorporating new kitchen, living and dining space with study nook, as well as a clever relocation of the home’s front entrance. Whilst undertaking these structural changes, Therese also seized the opportunity to update every other room in the house – that meant new bathrooms, interior finishes, and new cabinetry throughout. She doesn’t do things by halves!

First and foremost, Therese’s big challenge here was maximising the compact footprint to accommodate the varied requirements of her young family. Set on one level, her revised layout provides ultimate flexibility, offering a semi-concealed kitchen, versatile study nook revealed via a large sliding door, and bespoke joinery in the living room, which can also be closed to conceal the television.

Acting as her own client / interior designer / project manager / site manager and daily courier (!) all in one was a significant challenge for Therese – especially as she was pregnant with her second child at the time! ‘Project managing the build was very much a full-time job, and by far the most challenging aspect of creating our new home’ she mentions. Still, the project was completed just on time, with the family moving in two days before Christmas in 2015.

Aside from tackling major structural changes, Therese also relished the opportunity to source key furniture pieces and artwork for her carefully considered home. She’s particularly fond of her mid-century barstools found on eBay, and re-upholstered in a robust outdoor fabric. Another favourite piece is the bold geometric artwork by artist Zac Koukoravas, which perfectly complements the home’s bold, contemporary colour scheme.

Check out more of Therese’s work at Full Of Grace Interiors

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