Newport Residence by Harrison Interiors

  • We wander through a Melbourne home by Harrison Interiors for two little girls to grow up in, that reflects the calm and inviting personalities of their parents.

    It was about time we share the warm and welcoming work of Harrison Interiors again. Previously we highlighted the Melbourne firm’s ability to give a young family’s Richmond terrace some serious cool factor without the clutter. This may be a little while ago now, but the interiors are no less relevant or timeless than when we first laid eyes on them.

    Just as its predecessor, their recently completed Newport abode in Melbourne’s west has a simple layout, open plan spaces and well-curated furnishings. So too is their meticulous design work is tribute to timber where every choice made reflects the parent’s warm and ‘chilled-out’ personality. Catering to the couple and their two young girls’ needs now and throughout their teenage years, this home is the perfect backdrop for all family memories made.

    Harrison Interiors were all about creating an open plan living environment. They wanted to create fluid and comfortable spaces to gather that the client could easily imagine helping with homework in, or them all sitting up for breakfast at the bench. That’s why they reorientated the kitchen, letting the area have direct contact with the dining area and flow through to the rear terrace.

    The Newport Residence isn’t just about the now – its interiors are assured to age well practically and aesthetically. That’s because Harrison Interiors leaned on materials like recycled Tasmanian oak floors, American oak joinery, Carrara marble and brass handles and tapware in the kitchen – that all generate a beautiful effect in their timeworn state. These materials lay the foundations to a rich and polished palette threaded through every space, and leave us wanting to run our hands across every surface for their lustrous tactility.

    Being a family home storage space was a given. So custom timber joinery became the buzzword in the project, consistent in every space with its sleek brass handles. These details add layers of character to the home – just as the collection of predominantly neutral and timber design objects, which will be added to over the coming years. In the living room the Togo Sofa is a hero, ready for you to be cosy and calm in front of the freestanding fireplace.

    On this bed of natural materials Harrison Interiors added a textural tile selection that offers an artisanal edge. In the kitchen you’ll find a splashback of square mosaic tiles and in the kid’s bathroom terrazzo and subway tiles that changes to darker grey terrazzo and penny round tiles in the master ensuite.

    This is undoubtedly a home where the minute details speak the loudest. Here what you see is what you get – and what you get is a manifestation of the saying ‘the devil is in the details’ in a well-rounded family home.

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