By Kerryn Ramsey, Houzz Contributor, freelance lifestyle journalist and serial renovator.
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Every day a holiday
Natural, earthy tones and a resort-inspired renovation have created an award-winning tranquil oasis in Vaucluse, writes Judy Barouch.
Architect Bruce Stafford recounts that for the major renovation of this 1980s Vaucluse house - which won the Master Builders Australia excellence in housing award 2010 for its builders, Horizon Habitats - the owners Sandy and Ross King were inspired by the sense of wellbeing that beautifully designed resorts evoke.
The Kings requested an organic, natural palette: "lots of wood, slate and stone", Sandy King says.
The interior designer, Lisa Stein, interpreted the tranquil theme with laid-back furniture and accessories. "The interiors had to be relaxed, with nothing too precious," she says. "No areas are off limits to the [three] children, so everything was chosen with durability in mind."
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The owners of this house were quite certain what they didn't want: "We didn't want a Tuscan villa and we didn't want a hard-edged 1990s house. we didn't want it to be too trendy or too precious, and we didn't want it to date."
To liven up the otherwise neutral tones, colour has been introduced through abstract paintings, furniture, soft furnishings and rugs, chosen by interior decorator Lisa Stein Interiors. Almost all of the furniture has been bought for the house and includes classics such as Eames chairs and Barcelona chairs as well as custom-designed dining and coffee tables.
A Balinese holiday inspired the interior designer owner of this Sydney home to embrace timber and breezy open space.
"The brief to our architect, Bruce Willoughby, was for an unpretentious, modern home which wasn't so trendy that it would date. Most importantly, it had to be practical for a young family," she says.
A holiday at a five-star resort in Bali had left a lasting impression. "We loved the use of loggias - these are indoor-outdoor spaces that translate well to our climate."
The Balinese-style use of timber is a strong influence, seen in the clear-finished, western red cedar window and door frames and also in the tongue-and-groove panelling under the home's wide eaves.