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Home tour: Modern meets traditional

This inviting bayside Melbourne home blends modern and traditional
Monochrome kitchenShania Shegedyn

The consistent use of organic timber and natural stone in both the old and new parts of this ’30s Californian bungalow infuses the entire home with warmth and light.

Nemo Crown Major pendant presides over the dining table.
(Credit: Shania Shegedyn)
Living area with modern Scandi-style candelabra pendant
(Credit: Shania Shegedyn)

Kitchen and dining

Presiding above the airy, open space of the double-height kitchen and dining area is an eye-catching Nemo ‘Crown Major’ pendant (available from Cult). The ‘Waka’ dining table in American walnut from Tide Design, teamed with vintage Eames moulded chairs, brings a sense of classic style.

Modern monochrome kitchen
(Credit: Shania Shegedyn)

Magnificent marble

A densely veined slab of ‘Manhattan Grey’ marble from Corsi & Nicolai adds an organic element to soften the kitchen’s stark, architectural lines and monochrome palette. Visit cnanaturalstone.com.

Monochrome kitchen
(Credit: Shania Shegedyn)
Monochrome kitchen
(Credit: Shania Shegedyn)


The home’s expansive two-toned kitchen is a vision of stylish functionality. Hardy stainless-steel work benches allow the family to cook up a storm without mucking up the marble island bench, while an Armando Vicario ‘Tink’ sink mixer in Black gives an element of sculptural beauty to the mundane task of washing up.

The zone’s white handle-free joinery and a custom-made up/down pendant from Lights & Tracks set a crisply contemporary tone in the kitchen, but there’s no lack of contrasting texture and warmth. ‘Duke’ oak stools from Map Furniture and Ventech veneer contribute a touch of timber, while leather handles from MadeMeasure are a quirky addition to the larger cabinets. Even the heating panels on the front of the island help to break up the expanse of joinery.


Monochrome kitchen pantry
(Credit: Shania Shegedyn)

Butler’s pantry

The kitchen’s connection with the adjoining living spaces is among the home’s highlights. One of the secrets to making this open layout work is the butler’s pantry, which can be closed to make mess invisible when company comes over.


‘Legato’ 18mm board in Bone White, Polytec.

Kitchen flows through to living area
(Credit: Shania Shegedyn)

Dining area

An inviting corner of the dining zone, featuring a vintage black leather swivel chair from Danish Red, beckons. The cute flower rug was a thrifty Spotlight discovery.

Timber and marble monochrome bathroom.
(Credit: Shania Shegedyn)

Ensuite bathroom

Understated, yet undeniably luxe, the ensuite features a soothing, organic palette of Laminex ‘Tasmanian Oak Wave’ timber veneer, used on the cabinetry, and the same ‘Manhattan Grey’ marble from Corsi & Nicolai that appears in the kitchen. White hexagonal mosaics, paired with a pale grey grout, line the splashback, while a delicate ‘Eido’ pendant from Porcelain Bear adds a lovely finishing touch.

Modern extension on back of 30s Californian bungalow
(Credit: Shania Shegedyn)


The home flows seamlessly from kitchen to dining room to deck and garden.


Interior design

Austin Design Associates, (03) 9592 6411


Fine Line Building Design, (03) 9591 0144


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