This Grand Edwardian Blends Past With Present In The Best Way

The beauty of renovated heritage homes is you never know what’s hidden inside.

This grand Edwardian already held plenty of character and established gardens, when a Melbourne couple purchased it in 2020, but they envisioned their forever home with a bit more personality, and engaged Eclectic Creative for a full renovation.

Beyond the sweeping facade, existing leadlight windows have inspired pops of colour in the new extension’s lived-in interiors, without losing any of the house’s original charm!

Christina Karras
Editorial Styling

Inside the renovated Hughsdale Edwardian by Eclectic Creative.

The back half of the house was re-built and extended to create more space for the new owners.

The open-plan living, kitchen and meals area.

The inclusion of open shelving in the kitchen cabinets and island bench creates a casual and cosy feeling, in contrast to the home’s grand proportions. Porcelain kitchen benchtop.

A colourful sideboard also brightens up the contemporary space, while Mint Lighting created custom lighting for the entire home. Danish opal glass drop pendants hang above the dining table.

The shelves allowed the owner’s favourite objects and art to become a hero feature in the living room.

Eclectic Creative’s Jessica Viscarde curated the home’s new interiors, custom-upholstery, furnishings, art, and decor.

Sophisticated tones of blue and green feature throughout as the owners favourite colours, while also reflecting the stained glass windows in the original part of the property.

‘I love the view looking down the hallway from the front door and existing part of the home into the new extension because it doesn’t feel contrasting or too modern,’ Jessica says.

‘By blending the floor type and colour seamlessly, reinstating the timber fretwork and choosing a warmer neutral for the walls it really helped set the tone for the renovation.’

Ornate cornices were incorporated in the new rooms of the home to seamless blend with the existing heritage elements.

The glam bathroom features a mix of tiling to ensure the space felt modern and open.

Chrome fixtures feature throughout, while brass fittings were reserved only for the powder room.

The former ‘parlor’ was converted into a luxurious main bedroom, which enjoys beautiful bay windows!

An original arch uncovered in the renovation leads to the ensuite and walk-in wardrobe. Wallpaper by Harelquin.

The charming facade dates back to circa 1890s.

It’s now a fitting home for the Melbourne couple, two sons, and the family’s cat, Smokey the cat and Badger the groodle!

Christina Karras
Editorial Styling
24th of August 2023
Interior Design
Lighting Design

Hughsdale, VIC/Wurundjeri Country

This grand Edwardian in Melbourne’s southeast suburbs has been standing since the 1890s.

The heritage-overlay property was once an original farmhouse, and the present-day bones and interiors were still in good condition, albeit a little too neutral for new custodians, who purchased the Hughesdale residence in late 2020. The family of four engaged Eclectic Creative interior designer Jessica Viscarde to renovate the front, while extending the rear with newly built spaces.

‘My clients wanted fun and colour whilst paying homage to the Edwardian bones,’ she says.

‘They wanted something to look like it had always been there and have a timeless feel, blending effortlessly with the existing architecture yet feeling fresh and contemporary.’

For a seamless flow between the existing front areas and the new extension, they went to the effort of custom staining Baltic pine flooring on-site, giving it an aged look. The arched fretwork in the hallway was also reinstated to reflect the elegant facade, while all the new areas feature skirting and cornices that were carefully matched to their original counterparts!

‘The main bedroom (formerly the parlour) has this incredible purple and green leadlight in the top of the windows, and the front entrance door has soft pinks and greens, so we wanted to weave this throughout,’ Jessica explains.

‘Our intention was to have the new living and the kitchen talking to one another, “having a nice conversation” as we always say.’

Jessica used pops of blue and green  the owners’ favourite colours) to help make the interiors feel cosy and connected. Open shelving above both the kitchen and the fireplace also gave the owners a space to display their favourite objects, giving the open-plan space an inviting and ‘lived-in’ feel.

A custom-made petrol green sofa speaks to the ‘grounding’ navy-tones in the nearby kitchen island, and the client’s own eclectic artworks round out the colourstory that begins from the moment you step inside the light-filled house. ‘It was just meant to be,’ Jessica adds.

The team also discovered two original archways when creating the thoroughfare for the new walk-in robe and ensuite in the main bedroom, offering a peek into the glamorous art-deco style wallpaper. ‘It’s always such a delight peeling back the decades to reveal the original,’ Jessica notes.

The whole renovation took almost two years, but the painstaking attention to detail has made the resulting home something pretty special.

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