In a celebration of both design and craftsmanship, interior designer Fiona Lynch has created this Balwyn home with style and sophistication in spades.

DESIGN Fiona Lynch | PHOTOGRAPHY Sharyn Cairns

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Surrounded by majestic oak trees, this home owned by builder Damian Baldi and his young family is the perfect balance of light and shade. A deft hand at creating interiors with mood and ambience, Lynch has used the juxtaposition of opposing materials used alongside one another to create a calming home with visual interest.

Built by Baldi himself, the home uses large concrete panels to create internal walls for the open and expansive living areas within. Wanting to create a home that would grow with his family’s needs, Baldi commissioned Lynch to design the interior spaces to reflect and support family life and their passion for good design and craftsmanship.

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In choosing to create a layered sense of luxury, Lynch has successfully created a balance of both rigidity and fluidity when it comes to the interior scheme. Here the effective use of mixed materials and a pale paint palette has successfully softened the large-scale open plan living and kitchen areas. What could have been a cold and unforgiving space due to hard cement surfaces and vast open spaces has instead become a warm and inviting living room in which to curl up in.

Sitting restfully against the mottled cement walls, painted oak cabinetry in the kitchen and living areas have been topped with Elba stone. Aged brass accents are used effectively to temper the scheme and add both warmth and a sense of luxe to the room.

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A spattering of crimson tones offset a colour palette favouring rich blues and emeralds when it comes to the furnishings. Refined and elegant, while simultaneously asserting strength and solidarity, this is a family home that has the uncanny ability to both bolster and relax the busy family that live here.

This piece originally appeared in est magazine issue 21. Read the entire magazine online here.

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