16 October 2020
The brief for East Melbourne Grand was to inject a new life into the classic two storey polychrome Victorian residence - originally designed by Joseph Reed, the architect of the iconic “Rippon Lea” in Elsternwick.
The clients requested a renovation that respected the largely intact period features of the property, whilst also overlaying a luxe contemporary aesthetic with organic finishes and an enhanced sense of the materiality.
Interior Design | Rebecca Jansma
Photography | Caitlin Mills
Styling | Bek Sheppard
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The studio’s design response was to commence by stripping back the majority of previous renovations and iterations.
We refined and repurposed the spaces, using the original features as the guiding hand in our designs.
High ceilings and generous rooms gave us the freedom to design lofty and spacious bathrooms and bedrooms.
The classic arched windows throughout, along with preserved and perfectly patinated encaustic tiled entry and hall gave us freedom to play with colour, pattern and scale in the spaces.
A large consideration was given to the junction between two parts of the house previously accessed via an outdoor courtyard.
Along with the clients and project architect, we devised a black steel and glass enclosed conservatory style corridor with black, steel lined portals at either end which grounded the new connection and gave it context. The new corridor now connects the house with a quiet, plant filled passage and serves as an almost meditative transition space between the public and private parts of the house.
The home is now serene and respectful of it’s heritage, whilst being very much of the 21st century.
Rebecca Jansma heads a bespoke interior design studio specialising in creating unique and holistic spaces.