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A Stunning Homestead Renovation In Regional Victoria

Interiors

The word ‘homestead’ typically conjures up images of an idyllic property, with a nostalgic nod to the grand country homes of yesteryear.  In this clever and considered renovation, the 1912 Glencoe House has been brought into the modern era through the work of interior designer Rebecca Clark, while retaining a deep respect for the home’s impressive heritage.

We chat with Rebecca about the power of bespoke interiors to bring comfort to a home, and her approach working with architects Nick Iredel and DDB Design to give this home among the gum trees a clean, simple and modern update.

15th October, 2018

The Glencoe House, recently renovated with interiors by Rebecca Clark. Photo – Derek Swalwell.

Give us a home among the gum trees. Photo – Derek Swalwell.

The Glencoe House is located 3 hours drive from Melbourne, meaning many interior decisions were made with the assistance of iphone photographs! Photo – Derek Swalwell.

1910’s home gets a 2010’s update. Photo – Derek Swalwell.

The renovated Homestead maintains its historic charm. Photo – Derek Swalwell.

A tire swing invites the residents into the stunning outdoors. Photo – Derek Swalwell.

An assemblage of ceramics on the dining room table. Photo – Derek Swalwell.

A living room that makes an impact! Photo – Derek Swalwell.

Three striking lamps hover over the Mark Tuckey dining table. Photo – Derek Swalwell.

A bright and fresh extension to the historic home. Photo – Derek Swalwell.

Kitchen and living room details. Photo – Derek Swalwell.

A stunning view from every interior angle. Photo – Derek Swalwell.

Contemporary kitchen and breakfast bar. Photo – Derek Swalwell.

Designed for maximum comfort. Photo – Derek Swalwell.

Kitchen and living room space. Photo – Derek Swalwell.

The new extension maximised natural light. Photo – Derek Swalwell.

Timber detailing ties old with new. Photo – Derek Swalwell.

The wise guardian eyes of a Leila Jeffreys owl print. Photo – Derek Swalwell.

A home where the client’s brief was to make the space as comfortable as possible. Photo – Derek Swalwell.

Photo – Derek Swalwell.

Photo – Derek Swalwell.

Leila Jeffreys’ prints make a stunning line up on the wall. Photo – Derek Swalwell.

Cosy bedroom detail. Photo – Derek Swalwell.

Lucy Feagins
Monday 15th October 2018

‘We wanted to create a clean, simple, modern addition that would complement and enhance the old homestead.’ – Rebecca Clark.

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.

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