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St Kilda House by Melanie Beynon Architecture & Design

  • Melanie Beynon Architecture & Design restore a Victorian terrace in Melbourne’s St Kilda to its former grandeur through a balance of classic and contemporary design principles.

    Melanie Beynon Architecture & Design brought a client’s love of the colour blue and a Parisian aesthetic to the fore in their family terrace redesign. With a sensitive design approach, the team have balanced heritage and modern through timeless architectural details and a classic material palette.

    The entrance of the home sets a sophisticated tone for the interiors to follow, with a royal blue-carpeted traditional staircase and intricate archway. Chocolate parquetry floors reference the old home and imbue warmth while grey and white walls ensure the home remains timeless for years to come.

    The design team reworked the ground floor to better facilitate family living. Soft grey shaker-profiled cabinetry in the kitchen subtly progresses into a bar area for the adults without taking up any precious space, while the marble-clad counter provides a perfect spot for the kids’ breakfast. A custom blue ILVE cooker, traditional tapware and ornate cabinet handles further instil a sense of European elegance throughout the home. Tucked at the back of the home, the living room opens up directly to a compact courtyard, in true Parisian style.

    The cosy living room features the Wonder Sofa designed by GamFratesi and Pacha Lounge Chair by Pierre Paulin, both for Gubi, the Kim Bench by Luca Nichetto for De La Espada and Armadillo rug.

    A small corner of the home has been transformed into a study nook, complete with Axolight Orchard Table Lamp and Muuto Fibre Armchair Tube.

    It’s upstairs in the bathrooms where the client’s affinity for the colour blue reigns supreme. Midnight-blue cabinetry in the master ensuite pairs effortlessly with curved mirrors and a grand chandelier, while Spanish tiling in the main bathroom reflects the home’s 19th-century heritage.

    Through a careful mix of classical features and notable pieces, Melanie Beynon Architecture & Design have revived the home’s 19th-century bones, transforming it into a functional family home that sits proudly among its heritage neighbours.

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