This renovated Californian bungalow used a timber screen to delineate the dining area from the from the living space.
“Repetition of materials and cohesiveness is how you achieve that relaxed feeling of home.”Melissa Bonney
“[The homeowners] wanted an open-plan living zone with an indoor/outdoor connection,” explains The Design Hunter Interior Designer Melissa Bonney. “They entertain a lot, have three children and have family to stay for extended periods, so needed space.” To create an easy flow, Melissa had the kitchen and living zone floors lowered to a uniform level, the same as the garden, adding steps, storage cabinetry and a timber screen to match the kitchen cabinetry and delineate the dining area from the living space.
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“We wanted to do something special for the screen, something you could see through – rather than a solid wall – that was beautiful and purposeful”Melissa Bonney
Custom built screen in Blackbutt timber via B2 Construction
Upholstered bench seats
Natural fabrics in soft furnishings
- Use consistency with finishes throughout the whole house - Blackbutt timber was used here for the dividing screen to echo the kitchen cabinetry
- Customise bespoke storage to separate living areas and maximise use of space - Dulux Vivid White 2-pac to echo the nearby kitchen cabinets
- Keep to a tonal palette. In the living area, the subdued hues of a Bayliss rug tie in with ‘Rustic’ natural flax fabric from Marpaso Trading, used for the custom upholstery on the divider unit seats.
- Work with existing pieces. The owners’ existing coffee table from Top 3 By Design marries happily with the timber finishes.
Get the look:
(left) Lungört cushion cover in Grey/White, $6.99, IKEA | (centre) Tribal cowrie shell collar with stand, $64.95, Rustic, White & Wood | (right) Home Republic Savana vintage washed fringed cushion in Pale Blue, from $59.99, Adairs
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