This Yarra Valley house is in a secluded area, with idyllic views overlooking a vineyard and the mountains beyond. The owners had been in the home for seven years, but in that space of time ‘were already suffering the growing pains of not having enough space for their family’ interior designer Chelsea Hing explains.
Chelsea was presented with a brief to create a private master bedroom, more room for three growing boys to play, and update the furnishings throughout the home. The original footprint was retained, but internal reconfiguring moved the master bedroom upstairs, to make best use of the stunning views down the valley.
The surrounding landscape provided a rich source of inspiration for interiors. Chelsea describes that on her first visit to the house, she was struck by the ‘Ghost greys of the eucalypts, the washed-out greens of the grapevines, the terracotta blush of the soil and the blackened bark of the trees.’ The interiors were built around these colours, where rich terracotta, saddle tan leathers, polished plaster, slate, cedar and sandblasted timber echoes the colours of the landscape through the windows.
While the home maintains many traditional Australian country home elements, Chelsea has also introduced contemporary touches. Graphic elements, such as the Patricia Urquiola tiles are used to wrap the kitchen walls and island bench, and terracotta bricks are introduced in the rumpus room.
Chelsea describes this interiors project as a ‘complete overhaul of an Aussie beauty’, where a traditional country home is given a new lease on life, connecting old and new though a refreshed materials palette, and an overarching connection to the landscape.