This website uses cookies to improve your experience navigating our site. By continuing to browse, you are agreeing to our use of cookies.

OK, I understand

A London-Inspired Victorian Terrace With 'New Classic' Charm

Interiors

A ‘New Classic’ interior borrows elements from both traditional and contemporary eras to create a refined, modern and timeless aesthetic.

Interior architect Sophie Davies leaned on these principles when devising this project in inner Melbourne. By combining heritage references with contemporary flourishes, she has delivered an interior that perfectly complements the design of Pandolfini Architects (who transformed the structure from a one-storey, two bedroom home, into a double-storey, three bedroom home).

For its formerly UK-based residents, this home is like a little slice of London living – right here in Melbourne!

14th December, 2021

The rear kitchen and dining area is characterised by the enormous circular window. Photo – Alex Reinders.

Slate blue cabinetry anchors the whole design in a calming space. Photo – Alex Reinders.

Marble sits easily beside the rustic render in the kitchen. Photo – Alex Reinders.

Light floods into the space via a skylight and rear doors. Photo – Alex Reinders.

Clever integrated storage was a key feature of the brief. Photo – Alex Reinders.

Elegant sculptural curves in dialogue. Photo – Alex Reinders.

Heritage furniture and fittings soften the contemporary elements of the home to create warmth. Photo – Alex Reinders.

Soft, warm timber creates an inviting dining setting. Photo – Alex Reinders.

Eclectic elegance in the lounge room. Photo – Alex Reinders.

The lounge has more contemporary, lighter colour palette. Photo – Alex Reinders.

Contemporary curves and classic geometry are precisely calculated here, as well as the mixture of textures and tones. Photo – Alex Reinders.

Shaker style cabinetry and a lemon yellow lime render in the bathroom. Photo – Alex Reinders.

There are French provincial vibes in here! Photo – Alex Reinders.

The second bathroom is a cooler palette. Photo – Alex Reinders.

Patterned tiles give off texture and character. Photo – Alex Reinders.

The Soane wallpaper is a direct nod to the client’s British taste. Photo – Alex Reinders.

Painted cabinetry is distinctly continental and ‘old-world’. Photo – Alex Reinders.

The view into the ensuite. Photo – Alex Reinders.

Checkerboard tiles and green marble splashbacks is a playful combo in the main ensuite. Photo – Alex Reinders.

A loo with a view! Photo – Alex Reinders.

Sasha Gattermayr
Tuesday 14th December 2021

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.’

See more projects by Sophie Davies here and more projects by Pandolfini Architects here.

This Week

Interiors

The 2023 Dulux Colour Awards Finalists Are Here – And They’re Full Of Inspiration

The finalists for the 37th annual Dulux Colour Awards have been announced! See our favourite residential projects.
Christina Karras

Stays

10 Retro-Inspired Motels To Book For Your Next Weekend Away!

Is there anything more nostalgic than a vintage motel with a dreamy pool? Here's some of the coolest ones to visit across Australia.
Christina Karras

News

Find Timeless Timber Furniture At Mark Tuckey’s Workshop Sale

Australian furniture brand Mark Tuckey are holding their biggest clearance sale yet, with up to 60% off!
Sponsored

News

Now's Your Chance To Buy Classic Thonet Pieces, For Less!

Snap up your favourites from Thonet, with 20% off chairs, barstools and tables in store, until 1st April.
Sponsored

Weekend Read

Why Is Good Quality Furniture So Expensive?

With cost of living on the rise, we speak to two leading local furniture brands to find out what drives the price behind their designs.
Christina Karras

Studio Visit

Di Lunedi’s Nostalgic Ceramics Serve Up A Slice Of Coastal Italy!

Step inside the Northern NSW studio of De Lunedi's Elise Eales, who creates one-off ceramic pieces inspired by her love of Italy's seaside t...
Bea Taylor
  7 hours ago

Gardens

The Bountiful Country Garden of The Design Files' Alice Ziebell!

Take a wander through the magical Korumburra garden of The Design Files' partnership manager Alice Ziebell, and see the unbelievable 'before...

Studio Visit

This Artist’s Mysterious Paintings Look Like Otherworldly Portals

Melbourne-based artist Ryan Hoffmann’s captivating 3D artworks blur the distinction between painting and sculpture.
Christina Karras

Design Eye

Creating A Timeless Interior, With Jean-Pierre Biasol

Melbourne interior designer Jean-Pierre Biasol reveals how interior spaces can outlive trends, thanks to careful furniture selections.

Homes

A Melbourne Family’s Romantic Edwardian Home

The family home of artist Octavia Tomyn is a classic, stately Edwardian filled with sentimental art!

News

Sunday Salon + Coco Flip Open An Exciting New Showroom!

Two Melbourne creatives join forces to display art and furniture in a beautiful new showroom!
Sarah Hendriks

Sustainable Homes

A Hilltop, Off-Grid Family Home With Mountain Views

Inside the off-grid family home in Mansfield, Victoria designed by Robbie Walker.

Homes

A Victorian Coastal Family Home Inspired By A Famous Alpine Village

The Jan Juc family home of artist Ingrid Daniell and designer Clifton Daniell.
Lucy Feagins
  15 hours ago

Architecture

A Vibrant Transformation Of A Brown Brick Suburban Home

Play House by State of Kin in Marmion, Perth makes a strong case for the retention and renewal of suburban brown brick homes!

Interiors

Inside The Memo Co-Founder Phoebe Simmonds’ Family Home

Entrepreneur Phoebe Simmonds and builder Shaun Caton's 'contemporary Edwardian' Melbourne family home.

Similar Stories

Architecture

This Graceful, Sculptural Home Is Like A Work Of Art

This villa in inner-city Melbourne by Susi Leeton is perfectly choreographed and mimics the flow + form of a Brancusi sculpture.

Interiors

A Slice Of Paris In South Yarra

A Victorian home in South Yarra brought back to life with textured, luxurious finishes by AKI Design Studio.

Interiors

A Textural Home Designed For A Family, By Family!

This dreamy South Yarra home is just one of the gorgeous spaces featured in Tamsin Johnson's stunning new book, Spaces for Living.

This Week

Studio Visit

This Artist’s Mysterious Paintings Look Like Otherworldly Portals

Melbourne-based artist Ryan Hoffmann’s captivating 3D artworks blur the distinction between painting and sculpture.
Christina Karras

Architecture

A Vibrant Transformation Of A Brown Brick Suburban Home

Play House by State of Kin in Marmion, Perth makes a strong case for the retention and renewal of suburban brown brick homes!

Gardens

The Bountiful Country Garden of The Design Files' Alice Ziebell!

Take a wander through the magical Korumburra garden of The Design Files' partnership manager Alice Ziebell, and see the unbelievable 'before...

News

Sunday Salon + Coco Flip Open An Exciting New Showroom!

Two Melbourne creatives join forces to display art and furniture in a beautiful new showroom!
Sarah Hendriks

News

Find Timeless Timber Furniture At Mark Tuckey’s Workshop Sale

Australian furniture brand Mark Tuckey are holding their biggest clearance sale yet, with up to 60% off!
Sponsored

News

Now's Your Chance To Buy Classic Thonet Pieces, For Less!

Snap up your favourites from Thonet, with 20% off chairs, barstools and tables in store, until 1st April.
Sponsored

Homes

A Victorian Coastal Family Home Inspired By A Famous Alpine Village

The Jan Juc family home of artist Ingrid Daniell and designer Clifton Daniell.
Lucy Feagins
  15 hours ago

Interiors

Inside The Memo Co-Founder Phoebe Simmonds’ Family Home

Entrepreneur Phoebe Simmonds and builder Shaun Caton's 'contemporary Edwardian' Melbourne family home.

Design Eye

Creating A Timeless Interior, With Jean-Pierre Biasol

Melbourne interior designer Jean-Pierre Biasol reveals how interior spaces can outlive trends, thanks to careful furniture selections.

Weekend Read

Why Is Good Quality Furniture So Expensive?

With cost of living on the rise, we speak to two leading local furniture brands to find out what drives the price behind their designs.
Christina Karras

Stays

10 Retro-Inspired Motels To Book For Your Next Weekend Away!

Is there anything more nostalgic than a vintage motel with a dreamy pool? Here's some of the coolest ones to visit across Australia.
Christina Karras

Homes

A Melbourne Family’s Romantic Edwardian Home

The family home of artist Octavia Tomyn is a classic, stately Edwardian filled with sentimental art!

Sustainable Homes

A Hilltop, Off-Grid Family Home With Mountain Views

Inside the off-grid family home in Mansfield, Victoria designed by Robbie Walker.

Interiors

The 2023 Dulux Colour Awards Finalists Are Here – And They’re Full Of Inspiration

The finalists for the 37th annual Dulux Colour Awards have been announced! See our favourite residential projects.
Christina Karras

Studio Visit

Di Lunedi’s Nostalgic Ceramics Serve Up A Slice Of Coastal Italy!

Step inside the Northern NSW studio of De Lunedi's Elise Eales, who creates one-off ceramic pieces inspired by her love of Italy's seaside t...
Bea Taylor
  7 hours ago

Similar Stories

Architecture

This Graceful, Sculptural Home Is Like A Work Of Art

This villa in inner-city Melbourne by Susi Leeton mimics the flow + form of a Brancusi sculpture.

Interiors

A Slice Of Paris In South Yarra

A Victorian home in South Yarra brought back to life by AKI Design Studio.

Interiors

A Textural Home Designed For A Family, By Family!

This dreamy South Yarra home is just one of the gorgeous spaces featured in Tamsin Johnson's stunning new book, Spaces for Living.

The Design Files acknowledge the Traditional Custodians of the lands on which we work, the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin Nation. We pay our respects to Elders past and present.

First Nations artists, designers, makers, and creative business owners are encouraged to submit their projects for coverage on The Design Files. Please email bea@thedesignfiles.net