The homeowners saved a bundle by installing an Ikea flat-packed kitchen themselves, including a butler’s pantry and study nook. A deep chocolate stain was chosen for the timber veneer floors, with open shelving, stacked with bright mugs and bowls from Target and Kmart, adding interest and colour.
Office and butler's pantry
The combined butler’s pantry and office is tucked behind a floral curtain to keep kitchen essentials out of sight.
In the cosy living room, Ikea bookshelves were flush-mounted directly into the wall to create a neat, budget-friendly display space for books and collectables. Cushions in Florence Broadhurst ‘The Cranes Coral’ and Schumacher ‘Chiang Mai Dragon’ fabrics add a welcome colour splash to the Freedom sofa. The custom floor-to-ceiling sheer linen curtains work beautifully in the room, diffusing strong sunlight while still allowing for airflow.
Elouise Van Riet-Gray
The grand piano may take centrestage, but the music room itself is elegantly appointed with plush carpet and dramatic damask wallpaper.
Elouise Van Riet-Gray
Friends and family are greeted by a mix of antique charm and handmade style in the guest room. The vintage cane side tables were found at an op-shop and painted a bright coral shade – try Dulux Slippery Salmon for a similar hue. The trio of prints above the bed is from Ikea and a delightful cuckoo-style clock was found online at Temple & Webster.
The owner designed the enviable expanse of built-in Shaker-style cabinetry herself. To balance out costs, the window is dressed with an affordable Bunnings blind and layered with a homemade curtain. Other bargain pieces include colourful bunting made by a friend, an old ladder discovered by the side of the road and a bedhead picked up on Ebay, then reupholstered. A ‘Paris’ pendant from Beacon Lighting shimmers above for a hint of old-world glamour.
The guest bathroom is a picture of classic style thanks to a traditional pedestal basin from Recollections, a freestanding tub sourced from a local supplier and a vintage-look showerhead. Textured travertine tiles bring a note of earthiness to the all-white space – try Tile Factory Outlet for similar.
The chic and compact laundry was made from the same Ikea flat-packed cabinetry as the kitchen. Pretty containers and fresh white towels are on show, with cleaning products stowed away. The sweet collection of artworks is from French Knot Designs.