Brighton Home

Jul 17, 2012
  • Article by MR. MITCHELL
  • Photography by Andrew Wuttke
  • Designer MR. MITCHELL

The clients, a young couple in their 30s, had moved into this architecturally designed 1990s townhouse from a lovely Elwood home and engaged Jack Merlo to redesign the front and rear gardens. Jack referred the clients to Andrew Mitchell for interior work. The brief was to inject some warmth and character, as the house was predominantly cold greys and stainless steel. This was done through the introduction of recycled timbers, textured fabrics and sophisticated lighting.

The townhouse is located on Melbourne’s very famous and sought after “golden mile” just off Brighton beach. The clients were a young couple with good sense of style, an understanding of the cost of quality and a solid respect for professional advice. The working relationship was successful and Mr. Mitchell was contracted to renovate and extend the house and garden of their new Portsea house, which is currently underway.

The existing aspect of the house faces north so maximises light – especially during the winter months. All the rooms are of good proportions with high ceilings. A warm white paint throughout immediately provided a new feel. Recycled Australian Spotted Gum was used throughout in furniture, screens and built-in cabinetry. This was contrasted with dark stained oak furniture and highly textured fabrics such as linens and animal prints. The windows were softened with loosely woven linens in a range of neutral colours, and lovely textured botanic wallpaper in the Living Room brings the outside in.

In their feedback, the owners said that they have a comfortable family home (as they now have a baby boy) that is a reflection of both their personalities. Recycled timbers were used for their beauty and sustainability advantages.

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