When worlds of old and new luxury collide, the results can go either way – and we’ve seen our fair share of both. But every now and again, the planets align in a home that strikes just the right balance of old-world charm and modern function. The latest example to catch the eye of the est team is this renovated 1920s Californian bungalow in Roseville, located on Sydney’s North Shore. Fusing the traditional elements from the existing architecture with contemporary furnishings and an open plan style of living, it’s truly the best of both worlds.
This home may have debuted in the 1920s but it looks more youthful than ever with its bright, open plan layout. White walls featuring striking accents of black and natural timber retained from the original structure allow the rooms to flow smoothly, while the Scandinavian aesthetic of the home adds to the modern atmosphere. The foyer of the home features stately natural oak flooring that impresses the minute you cross the threshold and the design continues to impress from there. Walking through the home towards the kitchen, the large windows revealing the backyard and pool make for a great entertaining space – you can imagine throwing a summer barbeque while the kids play outside in view.
Furnishings and appliances have been kept mostly modern to gently reinforce the contemporary elements. Sleek Smeg appliances are featured in the kitchen, and a very Scandinavian shoe seat sits towards a built in office area featuring a natural wooden desk and wall shelving by Green Cathedral. The light-filled and roomy bathroom boasts elegant stone tiling, leading towards a freestanding bathtub and open shower that caps off the natural design elements of the home.
Light wood, grey and black are the main material elements at play, portrayed through the plush grey couch in the lounging area and the eye-catching wooden dining table and black chairs. Minimalist grey pendants from Mud Australia hang above the dining area. Artwork from Aquabumps and green plants are scattered throughout, continuing the light, bright Scandinavian sensibility. Intricately patterned ottomans and throw blankets add contrast to the rooms and a sense of playfulness. The rooms flow into one another with a clean, almost zen quality to them – truly a unique oasis away from the city.
With its enviable proportions and stylish features, this large, light-filled home is a modern Australian family classic.
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Light, bright Scandinavian touches instantly modernise any space.