Located near Warrnambool in regional Victoria, Glencoe House was originally built in 1912. Recently revamped and sensitively modernised, the home now combines heritage architecture with a modern extension, incorporating a contemporary kitchen and light-filled living area, and offering a stronger connection to the stunning surrounding landscape. Interior designer Rebecca Clark explains that a considered approach between architecture and interiors was key, to create a ‘clean, simple, modern addition that would complement and enhance the old homestead.’
Rebecca had previously worked with the homeowners on their Sydney apartment, and jumped at the opportunity to help them develop an aesthetic direction for the Glencoe home, bringing its strong heritage pedigree into a bright modern era. The interiors were developed in conjunction with architecture by DDB Design, with furnishings and artwork considered as a central part of the overall aesthetic and spatial layout. Rebecca describes the interiors aesthetic as a ‘balance between natural textures and materials, dark and white painted walls, black stained panelling, oak detailing and sheer curtains to soften the extensive metal framed windows to the new light-filled extension.’
The key brief from the client was to create a space for comfortable living – terrific priorities! The sofas and ottomans were custom designed to maximise that delicious sinking-into-the-couch feeling, and promote a home where lounging is encouraged. Other interiors highlights include the Mark Tuckey dining table, Hans Wegner Wishbone chairs, and owl prints from beloved TDF favourite Leila Jeffreys.
This home’s 2.5-3 hour drive from Melbourne meant that many decisions were made via iPhones and photography – but the clarity of the vision has certainly not be hampered by distance! The end result is a home that expertly balances modern comforts and contemporary design, with the nostalgic delights of a rural homestead.