To the owners of this Victorian terrace, the residence held as much sentimental potential as it did design possibilities.
‘The clients had recently moved back to Melbourne after five years living and working in the UK,’ says interior architect and director of Sophie Davies, Sophie Davies. ‘They wanted the renovation to seamlessly blend the Victorian terrace house and its traditional detailing, with a contemporary renovation that represented today, and had a European sensibility.’
With its Victorian heritage offering distinct similarities with British 19th century architecture, this home presented an opportunity to weave elements of the family’s recent time in London, into the next chapter of their lives.
In order to achieve a hybrid traditional-contemporary look, Sophie sought to layer different eras and materials in the newly renovated house, designed by Pandolfini Architects. In the kitchen, traditional shaker cabinetry was paired with marble detailing for a contemporary edge, while traditional printed wallpaper from Soane (that gives off an ‘old-world feeling’) in the main bedroom contrasts with yellow checkerboard tiles in the ensuite.
From a styling and decoration perspective, traditional heritage furniture was selected to contrast with the modern curves of the architecture. Special plaster finishes and lime renders sew it all together, layering a patina of warmth and age over the new spaces.
‘I don’t strive for my interiors to be perfect’ says Sophie. ‘I think perfection is sterile and cold. I prefer my interiors for feel slightly rustic and imperfect, like the humans that inhabit them.’