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Home Tour | Malvern Home by Sanders & King

Located in Melbourne’s Malvern, this solid brick 1930s Maisonette has been reimagined into a light-filled and spacious family home that thoughtfully blends traditional and contemporary design.

Overcoming the challenges of the original confined layout, Melbourne-based design studio Sanders & King transformed the home into one harmonious and cohesive open area that invites a fluid relationship between connecting spaces.

It was integral to the brief to improve and update the flow of the separate, disjointed rooms without compromising the home’s charm, achieved by integrating the home’s traditional design details into the renovation – cornices, ceiling roses and archways – which were previously stripped. The large steel windows, which were painted black in keeping with the home’s contemporary finishes, were repurposed from the original home, wrapping the living spaces to welcome light and views of the lush gardens.  Skylights were also strategically placed through the south-facing spaces to ensure that every space in the home is naturally lit.

The home’s transformation reflects a “timeless yet dynamic re-imagination of the family home,” Sanders & King co-founder and interior designer Elissa King says. “It’s a space able to accommodate our client’s needs and wants, both now and in the future, and to withstand the wear and tear of family life,” she adds, explicitly seen through the use of durable materials. 

“The material palette reflects an inherent quality, timeless aesthetic and tranquil appeal,” Elissa says.“Timber, marble, steel, custom-encaustic cement tile, handmade Moroccan tiles and tonal paint harmoniously combine warmth and texture.”

Wood Coat Australia timber flooring is featured throughout the home. 

Gubi Beetle Bar Stool
GUBI Grossman Cobra Wall Lamp

The kitchen features a Sub-Zero integrated fridge, Brodware tapware, the GUBI Beetle bar stools and GUBI Crossman Cobra wall lamp.

Sanders & King weren’t afraid to inject bold pops of colour against the soft contemporary backdrop. Tonal blues are an accent throughout the home, as seen in the vibrant blue Cappellini Lud’O 4-Spoke Base lounge chair and deep, moody navy hues in the entry room and staircase. 

Sanders & King’s tactful interior intervention and respect for heritage have ensured this Melbourne family home will remain enduring and relevant for years to come.

Lacanche Classic | Sully 1400

A Lacanche Sully Classic oven in powder blue in the contemporary, light-filled kitchen.

The kitchen was designed closely with the homeowners and is defined by white cabinetry and marble benchtops with a focal powder blue Lacanche Sully Classic oven. At the same time, the curved kitchen island was inspired by the soft, arched curves of traditional 1930s architecture.

In the ensuite, Sanders & King utilised the existing arch and transformed it into a marble-clad entrance into the open shower, while circular skylights continue the curved motif. 

Muuto Strand Pendant Closed
Muuto Strand Pendant Closed
JB.DS Myron Dining Table
Carl Hansen & Son CH24 Wishbone
Cappellini Lud’o 4-Spoke Base

In the dining area, the Muuto Strand Closed pendant features above the light timber JB.DS Myron dining table and Carl Hansen & Son CH24 Wishbone dining chairs. Beyond, the eye is drawn to the Cappellini Lud’O 4-Spoke Base lounge chair and sculptural Bitossi ceramics in bold blue accents.

Armadillo x House of Grey Palus Rug – Anise
Nuura Apiales 9 Ceiling Light
GUBI Gravity Table Lamp
B&B Italia Diesis Coffee Table

The front living area features the Nuura Apiales 9 ceiling light, GUBI Gravity table lamp and the B&B Italia Diesis coffee table, as well as the GUBI Flaneur sofa and Sejour lounge chair.

Cup and Ring Wall Light

The Cup and Ring wall light by Anna Charlesworth in the hallway.

Cup and Ring Wall Light
4 Bowl Pendant with Arch

The Anna Charlesworth 4 Bowl Arch pendant above the tonal blue staircase.

GUBI F.A.33 Rectangular Mirror
Brodware Yokato Wall Set

The soft tonal pink hues in the ensuite bathroom evoke feelings of calm, while and handmade Moroccan tiles introduce a texture.

Henry Wilson PSL Handle Bronze

The master ensuite bathroom features bronze Henry Wilson PSL joinery handles

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