EAGLEMONT: EDWARDIAN GARDEN HOUSE
Full renovation + restoration.
EDWARDIAN ATTIC VILLA
An early 20th century Arts & Crafts villa with a charming attic level, this home was last renovated in the 1980s and was looking very tired, and rather dated in the room configuration.
We re-worked the layout to suit a busy young family, making the Kitchen the heart and soul of the home by relocating it in what had been the formal Dining room, and transforming the Parlour into a new, much more welcoming, Dining room, now beautifully linked to the Kitchen via the original archway.
The house was lavished with care and attention from top to toe, with original elements restored and re-used wherever possible. Sweet little crystal chandeliers were polished and re-hung in new locations upstairs to catch the natural daylight. Leadlight was repaired and replaced where glass had broken, and a marathon effort of sanding and painting brought the elegant timberwork back to life.
Materials and fittings were selected for longevity and quality, as befits a house this beautiful. With fabulous bones, we knew, as soon as we saw the house, that it was something super special and just begging to be brought back to life....
Joiner: Peter Gill Kitchens.
LYREBIRDS IN THE WINDOWS
In a house with incredible leadlight in almost every room, the arched window (in what was the formal Dining room) is a heart-stealer. As one of the owners loves to cook, and the other loves to garden, where better to place the Kitchen than in the room with a lyrebird leadlight window overlooking the veggie patch?
TURQUOISE, NAVY & GREEN LIKE THE GARDEN BEYOND
To encourage lingering and lounging amongst beauty, we built a window seat in the original Edwardian bay window. (With a couple of drawers below for lego and toy storage.) A seat cushion of emerald green Fermoire Irish linen made this space inviting, and visually links to the garden beyond.
My lovely client had assembled a collection of wonderful fabrics & cushions over the years. We made up new cushions from these fabrics, and mixed them in with existing cushions she had, to reflect the colours of the leadlight, and of course that gorgeous garden visible through each and every charming window.
SLIDING LIBRARY LADDERS
If you have a lot of books, you want to read them, right? We built tall bookshelves throughout the house, with a timber ladder rail and sliding ladder to get to those top shelves (and maybe to have some fun playing at the same time....)
THE GARDEN GROWS UPON THE STAIR....
The original Edwardian staircase was retained, but treated to luscious new carpet that is soft underfoot, and simple white paintwork.
And on the walls? American wallpaper, in a soft botanical pattern, twirls and grows up, up, up, climbing ever higher to the upper floor where the owners get their own Attic bedroom suite - including a private balcony overlooking the garden and city beyond.
A nod to the turn of the 20th century era in the subway tiles, brought into the 21st century with simple joinery that allows the beauty of the stone & timber materials to shine.
With timber drawers, stone benchtops and Spanish floor tiles, the Ensuite uses timeless finishes which echo the timelessness of the original Edwardian building.
WORKING WITH ANGLES
We worked with the fabulous angles of the Attic level, lining the ceiling in the Ensuite with timber lining boards in a traditional manner, and contrasting it with very simple and contemporary Australian-made Astra Walker tapware.
Chequerboard tiles in the new Powder Room reference the original black and white marble chequerboard floor tiles in the entrance hall.
A recurring colour throughout the finishes, this gloriously pale grass green dado tile has all the freshness of an Edwardian garden, and forms the perfect background for the owners to place fresh cuttings from the garden on this antique oak cabinet that my client already had from her previous home.
Black and white marble floor tiles were original to the house, and were carefully polished and sealed to bring them back to life.
With Porters Paints eggshell paint on the walls in a very pale shade of Edwardian green, echoing the colours of the leadlight, the tone is set in the Entry Hall for a house that is once more a vibrant family home.
Reimagined for contemporary living, this is a place of much beauty, and much history. No surprise then that it's impossible not to fall in love with a house of such charm, and it was lucky for the house that my clients could see past the 1980s renovation to see the beautiful bones below.
With elements of Art Nouveau, Federation and Arts & Crafts, and that incredible leadlight the house delights the eye with elegance wherever the eye falls. New works reference the old, but clearly define the difference with a simplicity of line, allowing the original curvaceous lines to take the spotlight.