There was no doubt that this four-bed, 1916 Brisbane Queenslander (above left and centre) needed a little more love than the makeovers it had undergone in the 1950s and ’60s. Fortunately a Queensland family was up to the task, seeing through the dilapidated finishes and poor layout to the home's original quality. Major changes included restumping the house, removing exterior bricks from the lower section and replacing them with timber battens in keeping with the home’s era (above right). The front deck was stripped back, tiles were removed and damaged timber and joists replaced. New timber cladding, balustrades and French doors, along with a set of external butterfly stairs, were added to give the exterior a beautiful new look.
A classic black and white scheme, delivered by Dulux Vivid White with trims in Dulux Domino Black, defines the exterior. The front verandah is now home to a vintage bamboo lounge setting and vintage chest, both found at The Old Boathouse.
The crisp palette carries through to the interior via the pretty hallway. Both the leadlight windows and door are original.
Inside, several internal walls were taken out to created a much more open-plan feel (above left), with the original carpets and sheeting stripped off to reveal beautiful timber floors and vertical joinery. The layout was reconfigured to allow for an enlarged kitchen (centre), a vision of Hamptons-inspired beauty. Central to the new layout is a striking island topped with marble found on Gumtree, with beautiful cabinetry and industrial-style pendants (try Schots Home Emporium for similar). 'Henriksdal' bar stools from Ikea create a casual dining spot. Cabinetry carcasses from Ikea were a wallet-friendly purchase in such a large space, finished with custom made Shaker-style door fronts and glass cabinets. French doors lead out to the new back deck, transforming the former casual eating area into a light, white dining room (right). Philippe Starck for Kartell ‘Louis Ghost’ chairs surround a one-off dining table found at Verandah House, with a vintage sideboard from The Old Boathouse and chandelier from Beacon Lighting create a fascinating mix of old and new.
Removing the internal wall between the living and dining room has given a much more functional layout. A ‘Stockholm’ rug from Ikea almost stretches the width of the room and anchors a classic 'Arianne' Chesterfield from Early Settler and pair of wingback chairs found at Botticelli House, while a black timber 'Riviera' cabinet from Town & Country Style houses collected treasures. A mirror insert, in place of a fireplace, within the 'Richmond' mantel from Early Settler, reflects the room, helping to create the illusion of more space, as does the wall colour: Dulux Vivid White.
This serene retreat is a far cry from the original decor (above left). The bedroom is furnished with French provincial-style pieces, including an upholstered bed, found on Ebay and dressed in a 'Nyponros' quilt cover from Ikea. It is layered in soft grey, blue and taupe tones that co-ordinate beautifully with the bedside lampshades, made with Dwell Studio ‘Vintage Blossom’ fabric in Dove, from fabric.com, and the walls, painted in Taubmans ‘Cliff Face’. A ‘Lorne’ button-back armchair in Natural Linen, from Early Settler and curtains in ‘Waterfall Ruffle’ in Ivory from Urban Outfitters, along with a striking chandelier (try ‘French Provincial’ iron chandelier from Design Chandelier) add the finishing touches.
With a predominantly grey and white palette throughout the home, vignettes such as this corner provide a pop of colour. A portrait of Frida Kahlo by artist Emma Gale takes pride of place above a bone-inlay chest of drawers (seek similar from Ruby Star Traders) that’s home to favourite books, ceramics, greenery and a cross from Ahoy Trader.
The nursery (above left) features an eclectic mix of vintage furniture, curios and books that complement a timeless palette of grey and white. Sheer ruffle curtains not only modulate the natural light, but also add a lovely textural element. With the existing wash zone demolished in order to extend the kitchen, the original sunroom was divided up and reconfigured to create a new, generously sized bathroom (centre and right). Decorated with art prints, potted plants and timber dressers, it has the feel of a relaxed living area. A clawfoot bath (try Highgrove Bathrooms) acts as a central focal point, while timber floors and vintage-style pieces, such as the Early Settler tapware and vanity add warmth. Try Perfectly Hung for a similar mirror. The calm palette is made up by Taubmans Endure 'Cliff Face' on the walls and hard wearing Berger Jet Dry AquaTread Satin Paving Paint in white on the floors.