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An Elegant Makeover Of A Classic California Bungalow

Interiors

Scandivanian design, simplicity and functionality were key points of reference when Sarah Elshaug of Maitland Street Interiors tackled the renovation of this 1930’s California Bungalow in Glen Iris.

The result is an elegant, refined interior treatment for a busy family of five, designed to effortlessly evolve over the years as the children grow into young adults.

16th January, 2019

Photo – Caitlin Mills.

Entry door in Dulux Salmon Smoke,  Barben Architectural Hardware 160 entry door handle in matte black from Elite Door Hardware, Replica Moooi Random pendant in black from Lucretia Lighting and terrazzo planter in pink from Fox and Ramona. Photo – Caitlin Mills.

‘Sapphire & Gold Hills’ artwork by Antoinette Ferwerda, Marius sideboard in grey and oak from Clickon Furniture, Marmoset Found bell, Haus vases and Mr and Mrs Potts vases, all from Kiss With Style, and Cloud platter in black from Grey Skies Home. Rueben marble coffee table from ArthurG, with Magic rug in storm from The Rug Collection, Sketch Nysse armchair in natural/dove from Globe West, Favos felt cushion in dusty pink from Figgoscope Curates, and Geo vase in black from Grey Skies Home. Photo – Caitlin Mills.

Living room. Wilfred sofa in clover wool nigella seed from Jardan, Herringbone lambswool throw in denim from Saarde, Magic rug in storm from The Rug Collection, Rueben marble and oak nesting coffee tables from Arthur G, Sketch Nysse armchairs in natural/dove from Globe West Fragas felt cushion in middle grey and Favos felt cushion in dusty pink from Figgoscope Curates, Marius sideboard in grey and oak from Clickon Furniture, Assemblages shelves from Lightly, Hay strap mirror in grey from Cult. Geo vase in black from Grey Skies Home, Ceramic vessels by Bern and Marmoset Found from Kiss With Style, Marble tray from Marble Basics, Milk & Sugar Iris pot stands and chester pots from Hunting For George. Peonies from Say It With Flowers and Indoor plants from Into The Wild. Photo – Caitlin Mills.

Sideboard detail. ‘Sapphire & Gold Hills’ artwork by Antoinette Ferwerda, Marius sideboard in grey and oak from Clickon Furniture, Marmoset Found bell, Haus vases and Mr and Mrs Potts vases, all from Kiss With Style, and Cloud platter in black from Grey Skies Home. Photo – Caitlin Mills.

Custom oak dining table from ArthurG, Boston dining chairs in blush leather from Barnaby Lane, Marble tray and By Lassen Kubus candle holder from Norsu Interiors. Existing buffet with custom doors featuring art deco routed pattern in Dulux Ahoy (enquire via Maitland Street Interiors), RO flower vases in indigo from Kiss With Style and Autumn in Paris original artwork by Brigitte Northover. Photo – Caitlin Mills.

Kitchen and living area. Dita stools in navy and white in Grazia & Co, Squash minimal orb pendant lights in steel blue, aubergine and clear from Mark Douglass Design, Retro penny round mosaics in indigo from Byzantine Design. ‘Autumn in Paris’ artwork from Brigitte Northover, Wilfred sofa in clover wool nigella seed from Jardan, and Fragas felt cushion in middle grey from Figgoscope Curates. Photo – Caitlin Mills.

The kitchen. Dita stools in navy and white from Grazia & Co, retro penny round mosaics in indigo from Byzantine Design, existing kitchen with custom panel added to island bench featuring art deco routed pattern in Dulux Whisper White by Maitland Street Interiors, marble and oak cheeseboard from Kiss With Style, Menu salt and pepper grinders in ash/carbon from Norsu Interiors, Angle vase in white from Grey Skies Home. Photo – Caitlin Mills.

Custom oak dining table from ArthurG, Boston dining chairs in blush leather from Barnaby Lane, Marble tray and By Lassen Kubus candle holder from Norsu Interiors, Squash minimal orb pendant lights in steel blue, aubergine and clear by Mark Douglass Design, Retro penny round mosaics in indigo by Byzantine Design, Dita stools in navy and white from Grazia & Co. Photo – Caitlin Mills.

Entryway. Custom oak floating shelf by Maitland Street Interiors, Replica Moooi Random pendant from Lucretia Lighting, Geo vase in white from Grey Skies Home, and Baby Potts vase from Kiss With Style. Photo – Caitlin Mills.

Powder room. Liquid gloss subway tile herringbone feature wall in black from Perini Tiles. Grey/white terrazzo benchtop from Signorino Tiles, black wenge custom vanity in ravine finish from Polytec, metal recessed cabinetry pull from Made Measure, Marblo Ellipse basin and Astra Walker Icon wall spout and mixer in Flemish copper from Benton’s Finer Bathrooms, Silhouette pendant in brushed copper from Ross Gardam, Lumira candle and glass dome from Kiss With Style, Missoni Home vanni handtowel from Safari Living and custom round mirror with brushed copper frame via Maitland Street Interiors. Photo – Caitlin Mills.

Bathroom featuring liquid gloss subway tile herringbone feature wall in grey from Perini Tiles, wide (600x300mm) tiles in steel to walls from Glux, Amano tiles in musk from Perini Tiles, and Silhouette pendants in smoke glass from Ross Gardam. Photo – Caitlin Mills.

Bathroom vanity. Wide (600x300mm) tiles in steel to floor and walls from Glux, Amano 100 x 100 tiles in musk to vanity and niches from Perini Tiles, terrazzo benchtop from Signorino Tiles, Natural oak custom vanity in ravine finish from Polytec, Satin pull 04 in matte black from Made Measure, Fienza Nero basin and Streamline Axus spout and mixer in matte black from Benon’s Finer Bathrooms with custom mirrored cabinet via Maitland Street Interiors. Photo – Caitlin Mills.

Master bedroom with grasscloth wallpaper in navy from ascraft, Gubi grasshopper pendants in white from Cult, custom tan leather bedhead from ArthurG, Cuba side table in oak from Beeline Design, Linen quilt and sheets in charcoal, navy and white from Cultiver, Knitted throw rug in grey from Adairs, Eadie Lifestyle Bedu cushion in white,  Blush leather cushion, and Winter wonder husk ice cushion with white tassel all from Norsu Interiors, angle vase in white from Grey Skies Home, and S-fold curtains in Allusions fabric in silver from Zepel and Shades of Hawthorn. Photo – Caitlin Mills.

Storm Cloud 1 and 2 photographic prints by Katie Carmichael, framed in black oak, Kent bench in tan from Barnaby Lane, Levante wool carpet in Felucca from Cavalier Bremworth, Linen quilt and sheets in charcoal, navy and white from Cultiver and Knitted throw rug in grey from Adairs. Photo – Caitlin Mills.

Girls bedroom with custom Cloudy quilt cover in emerald, grey and black from Little Louli, Sky grey sheet set and cloud light from Adairs, Baltic velvet cushion in frog from Zepel and Inform Upholstery, Numero74 star cushion in white from Mondocherry, ‘Oh the places you’ll go’ print and oak frame from Hunting For George, W&V swing shelf and Twinkles ballerina and Scarlett the swan toys from Kiss With Style. Photo – Caitlin Mills.

Levante wool carpet in Felucca from Cavalier Bremworth, Baltic velvet custom window seat and loose cushion from Zepel and Inform Upholstery, Custom cushions in Correa and Sticks fabric hand printed in emerald and black from Ink & Spindle and Inform Upholstery, Grey pom pom throw from Adairs, and Belle pendant in Jade from Family Love Tree. Photo – Caitlin Mills.

Kid’s bedroom with wall colour Dulux Blue Balm,

Magdalena Tybonie framed Ikaros and summer pink prints, Fox print client’s own, Oscar table lamp from Crate Expectations, Florence pendant in white from Family Love Tree, Harvie quilt cover in grey, Lotus sheet set in pink, Crochette cushion and knitted throw all from Adairs. Eadie Lifestyle landscape cushion in silver grey/white and Soliel pom pom cushion in white both from Norsu Interiors. Photo – Caitlin Mills.

Custom designed built-in robe by Maitland Street Interiors featuring V-groove panelling in Dulux Whisper White, Leather tabs in classic grey from Made Measure. Photo – Caitlin Mills.

Eldest daughter’s bedroom. Rebeka Rabbit print from Dots by Donna, Love quilt cover and pillowcase in mint and grey from Little Louli, knitted throw and Faux fur cushion both in grey from Adairs, Pintuck cushion in ocean from Family Love Tree, Eadie Lifestyle Bedu cushion in white from Norsu Interiors, Leo bedside table in natural oak from Grazia & Co, Oscar table lamp from Crate Expectations, and Angle vase in white from Grey Skies Home. Photo – Caitlin Mills.

Ethnicraft oak floating shelf from Globe West, Boston chair in blush leather from Barnaby Lane, Pencil pot from Robert Gordon Pottery and indoor plant and pot from Into The Wild. Photo – Caitlin Mills.

Ensuite. Liquid gloss subway tile herringbone feature wall in white from Perini Tiles, Wide (600×300) floor tiles in steel from Glux,  Astra Walker Icon mixer, shower rail and towel ladder in Flemish copper all from Benton’s Finer Bathrooms, Palais lux towels in navy from Sheridan, an Ena handwash and body lotion from Norsu Interiors. Photo – Caitlin Mills.

Ceramic (600x300mm) wall tiles in matte white from Glux, custom vanity with art deco routed pattern in Dulux Ahoy via Maitland Street Interiors, Satin pull 04 in white from Made Measure, grey/white terrazzo from Signorino Tiles, Rocca Inspira basins from Reece, Astra Walker Icon mixer and spout in Flemish copper from Benton’s Finer Bathrooms, Flare wall light in brushed copper from Ross Gardam, custom mirrored cabinet via Maitland Street Interiors, and Cloud 9 trinket plate from Kiss With Style. Photo – Caitlin Mills.

Elle Murrell
Wednesday 16th January 2019

‘Our clients’ passion for supporting local creatives was a joy, and reflected the values of our studio’ – Sarah Elshaug.

Creating beautifully resolved spaces that directly influence the way people feel, is why Sarah Elshaug shows up for work every day. Founder and creative director of Maitland Street Interiors, the interior decorator/stylist recently updated a period home in Glen Iris for a busy corporate couple and their three daughters (aged 12, 10 and 6). The primary focus was renovating the home so it could effortlessly transition with the family as the girls grew into their teenage years.

Sarah’s brief called for contemporary Scandinavian style, but also allowed her to hero local designers, makers and artisans. ‘Our clients’ passion for supporting local creatives was a joy, and reflected the values of our studio,’ she tells, highlighting key inclusions from Grazia & Co, arthurG, Jardan, Ross Gardam, Mark Douglass, Little Louli, Barnaby Lane, Beeline Design, Katie Carmichael, Antoinette Ferwerda, Inform Upholstery, Ink & Spindle, Made Measure, Norsu Interiors, Cultiver, and Baud & Co.

As part of this project, the 1930s California Bungalow received a fresh colour scheme both inside and out – soft greys, white, dusty blues and a touch of warmth, enlivened with natural greenery from Into The Wild. Meanwhile, furnishings were selected with an emphasis on natural materials that add texture and contrast.

The master suite was transformed into a sanctuary. It now transitions from light and bright in the mornings, to soft and moody by evening, thanks to stunning navy grasscloth wallpaper. Sarah also delighted in updating the girls’ bedrooms; taking a brief from each, and working collaboratively on the way they used their spaces – a perfect-for-reading window seat has been a complete hit!

In the bathrooms, Sarah ‘pushed the boundaries with a few bold moves’, introducing moody colour schemes, bespoke Art Deco-influenced patterns routed into cabinetry, and intricate herringbone tiling in wet areas. Featuring white, navy and copper, the ensuite complements its master bedroom, while and the girls’ bathroom features a striking grey palette with a hint of pink. The powder room brings the wow-factor through bold mirrors, moody black walls, elegantly subtle copper touches and statement light fittings by Ross Gardam. ‘Some elements originally pushed us outside our fairly conservative decorating tastes,’ reflect the homeowners, ‘but we are so glad that we agreed to run with these ideas now, as we love these new areas!’.

‘After designing and sourcing for each of these spaces to suit each occupant, I can truly say that it was a proud moment to hear about each of their reactions on seeing their spaces for the first time,’ reflects Sarah. ‘To have their own sanctuary to retreat to at the end of a busy work or school day really will impact their daily interactions as a family, and influence how they thrive in their new day-to-day.’

 

Sarah Elshaug of Maitland Interiors recently established a new arm of her business, The Retreat Stylist, which focusses on styling for short-stay rentals. Find out more at Maitlandstreetinteriors.com.au/the-retreat-stylist/.

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