Victorian House by Georgina Jeffries

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    Often, the most enduring interiors are those that cultivate our curiosity through unexpected touches of whimsy. The Victorian House, by Lorne-based design studio Georgina Jeffries, shows us that we needn’t stop being playful – even in the most elegant of spaces.

    The subtle contrast of heritage and modernity is one that’s explored often, but this 19th Century home, located in inner-city Melbourne, reveals that it’s the similarities between the two that can be most compelling. Comparable to Georgina Jeffries Lorne Beach House, in transforming this home, Jeffries sought to recondition the old, while introducing contemporary flourishes. In keeping elements of the Victorian layout intact, Jeffries has found ways to play with light, proportion and mood. 

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    Upon entering a neutral, airy hallway, the eye is immediately led into a jewel-box toned enclave: a family room rendered in deep-sea green. Navy cabinetry, a gilded mirror and velvet Poliform sofa are complemented by a soft-pink Murano chandelier. 

    Moving into the body of the home, muted white walls and pale grey cabinetry offer streamlined contrasts to dark timber chevron flooring, which runs throughout the ground floor. In the home’s dining room, a black dining table and fireplace are moody contrasts to Gubi Beetle dining chairs and a cloud-like chandelier comprised of a cluster of gently-lit, glass spheres. A powder room is fitted with quirky wallpaper and grown-up brass fittings, while the bathroom is a cleaner, more geometric space dominated by a pink marble shower encased in tall, black-framed glass.

    In the home’s dining room, a black dining table and fireplace are moody contrasts to Gubi Beetle dining chairs and a cloud-like chandelier comprised of a cluster of gently-lit, glass spheres.

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    As the space opens up towards the rear of the home, a light-filled family kitchen and courtyard offers a flowing, polished and approachable living space. A calming palette of greys is given life through marble bench tops and a low-profile, heather-grey Jardan sofa. Brass accents are softly patinated, lending age and history to an otherwise clean and modern family hub.

    It requires a unique design language to rehabilitate and express the connection between old and new. In the case of Victorian House, it’s one that speaks of charm and luxury all in the same breath. 

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