The owners of this workers cottage provided a brief to Flack Studio to create a ‘haven in the heart of Fitzroy.’ It was to be designed for longevity, and to remain functional and appealing well into the homeowners’ retirement.
Now with adult children, the owners no longer needed space for backyard cricket, cubby house building or dress-up corners. This shift in use allowed Flack Studio to reconsider the four-bedroom house, and redesign the space with a master bedroom and guest room, creating a master quarter with ensuite, walk-in robe and powder-room. The renovation also introduced a scullery and bar for entertaining. Very grown-up indeed!
The aesthetic of the home respects the worker’s cottage history, and ‘feels classically eclectic, with a hint of Flack.’ When the studio talked to the clients about their favourite spaces in Melbourne, they cited the bar Marion as somewhere they would like to emulate in their own home. They love entertaining, and ‘wanted a space reminiscent of the neighbouring Fitzroy bars.’
David and his team responsed with trademark ‘Flack flair’, injecting lux stone finishes, brass details, and an eclectic yet refined edit of colour, texture and pattern. One particular standout detail is the custom blue joinery in the walk-in robe, in contrast to the restraint of the master bathroom. An interiors twist around every corner!
The Flack team emphasise how much of a local project this renovation was. Not only was it inspired by a beloved Fitzroy bar, but the home is located right around the corner from Flack Studio HQ. They describe how this proximity made the ‘weekly site visit a walk in the park – literally!’ The result is a project close to the designer’s hearts, in more ways than one.