Home Tour | Victoria House by Tali Roth Interior Design

Tali Roth combines old and new codes to create contemporary grandeur inside a terrace home in Melbourne’s Armadale.

Along the verdant streets of Armadale, Melbourne, where Victorian houses occupy the neighbourhood, one stands with renewed confidence. Purchased by a young couple, the home had undergone renovations that were not in keeping with its architectural integrity. As she amusingly recalls, the owners approached interior designer Tali Roth “to do something with the place” and, in doing so, reinstate the home’s sensibility and sophisticated charm.

The kitchen features Arabescato Corchia Marble, fluted glass and brass handles accessorising the cabinetry.

The designer extended the conversation between old and new into the main bathroom, as a sink carved from travertine stone rests upon a Calcutta Viola marble plinth. The richly veined stone performs as a single artistic piece, seamlessly wrapping around the cabinetry and bathtub. In the assemblage of stones, custom cabochon floors were used in the bathroom, cut using whole travertine slabs and laid piece by piece. Another contemporary iteration of the home’s Victorian design codes is echoed by the curved detailing in the plaster, creating a decorative entryway for the shower. Acting as a perfect canvas to allow these details to sing, the walls are dressed in a soft cream-beige Venetian plaster finish. In the powder room, these elegant details continue with the grey and white tumbled marble tiles, a Morano sconce and the extravagant swan sink tap. 

A vintage Akari floor lamp designed by Isamu Noguchi is an accent piece in the living area. 


Set with a challenge to blend two diverse styles, the designer effortlessly wove English Traditional with European Mid-Century Modern within the home. “We wanted to embrace the history of the Italianate Victorian terrace while adding modern touches and bringing to light the clients’ own unique tastes”, Tali explains.

Reforming towards the home’s heritage, the designer cultivated a soft richness in the kitchen. Shaker profile doors coated in warm beige were selected for the cabinetry, ornamented with custom cornices and pelmets to reference the characteristic details of the 1889 Victorian Italianate architectural façade. The home’s opulence is subtly rendered with Arabescato Corchia Marble dressing the countertops, with fluted glass and brass handles accessorising the cabinetry. “We went with really timeless materials that could reference more old world and new as we wanted to lean into the architecture of the space but also ensure it felt fresh and not too stuffy,” Tali reflects.

Tali has furnished the spaces with an equal mix of vintage, contemporary and non-discreet pieces. This harmony of juxtapositions can be seen in the library as an 18th-century tapestry casually drapes the wall above an oversized denim linen sofa that sits beside a Giancarlo Valle chair, illuminated by a Mario Botta floor lamp. 

Bringing heritage and modern codes into fluent dialogue, Tali Roth has layered this Victorian House with traditional timelessness and contemporary allure.

Arflex Marenco 2018 Sofa
Castelli Alky Chairs

Interior designer Tali Roth sits on an Arflex Marenco sofa. The living area also features a sculptural Castelli Alky chair designed by Giancarlo Piretti.

Vitra Akari UF3-Q

An 18th-century tapestry sits above an oversized denim sofa next to a Giancarlo Valle chair, an Artemide floor lamp designed by Mario Botta and a Vitra Akari UF3-Q in the library.

The sink has been carved from travertine marble featuring English Tapware Company hardware, and rests upon a Calacatta Viola marble plinth.

The bathroom features custom cabochon floors that have been designed and cut using whole travertine slabs, as well as a Volker Haug Anton sconce. 

The powder room is dressed in grey and white tumbled marble, a Murano sconce and a swan sink tap.

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