We’re always excited to learn about period home makeovers. It intrigues us how designers would transform an old home into a stylish modern abode whilst keeping some of its architectural history intact. Aside from preserving some original details, how do you turn a near century old Californian Bungalow into a present day Scandinavian stunner? Take a look at the Glen Iris Project by Sarah Elshaug of Maitland Street Interiors.
The client wanted their Californian Bungalow, that was constructed in the 1930s, to become suitable for contemporary living. They also wanted the new home to be adaptable to changing needs and preferences as their three young girls transition into their teenage years. As a response to the client’s instructions, the team renovated and redecorated key parts of the old Calbung including the bathrooms, laundry, study and kitchen. In general, changes were made to the furnishing throughout and exterior colour scheme.
An elegant retreat for busy parents, the master suite was designed to be their own sanctuary at the end of a busy day. During the day, it’s light and bright and becomes soft and moody in the evening.
The clients had traditional decorating tastes but they themselves admitted that they pushed the boundaries with a few bold moves in the bathrooms. These include custom details featuring a bespoke Art Deco-influenced pattern routed into the cabinetry which features in the ensuite, kitchen and dining areas. Herringbone tiling is showcased in each of the wet areas, creating connection and flow throughout. Stunning terrazzo on the countertops where the sinks sit and other parts of the house is a very Art Deco element that’s hard to miss.
Mirroring the design elements of the bathroom next door is the powder room. It’s black and super moody with subtle copper elements for elegance. All the light fittings featured throughout are from Ross Gardam, just the right pieces to compliment the colour schemes in the home.
Each bathroom contrasts the next with the ensuite colour scheme of white, navy and copper. The palette compliments the master bedroom. Meanwhile, the kids’ bathroom features a striking moody grey palette with a hint of pink.
The stylist found the three girls’ bedrooms to be a delight to create. An individual brief was taken from each of the girls and they were also presented with concept boards for their input. This collaborative approach enabled the team to deliver a bedroom for each of the girls to love. In result, each bedroom is a reflection of the way they like to enjoy their spaces. We gushed over the ‘Oh the Places You’ll Go’ Print hanged in one of the bedrooms.
We know that some of you out there have fallen in love with this house and might even be frustrated that Sarah Elshaug of Maitland Street Interiors can’t come and work her magic on your place too? No stress, for us who aren’t the lucky owners of the gorg Glen Iris Project, we can at least get the look in our own homes with these Hunting for George picks!