East Melbourne | 2015
Interior Design, Residential, Heritage
Chris Stribley, Steve Woo
A park side Mansion in Albert St East Melbourne was in need of much love when the family commissioned its significant renovation. The changes are deceiving as the final plan layout tidied up the rabbit warren of rooms, but the spaces remain distinct and bedroom wings located upstairs still quite private. The obvious updates include the kitchen, bathrooms and lighting. The home has a contemporary addition of a sunroom and bar on the top floor, looking out over the treasury gardens and to the city beyond, perfect for evening drink in the summer and fireworks viewing on New Years Eve.
All the original Timber panelling, doors and fireplaces were either replaced or cleaned, re-painted or re-stained, and the staircase was restored in a dark glossy stain providing a brilliant focal point in the foyer together with the original stained-glass windows crafted by well-regarded makers Smyrke & Rogers.
The floors which were in parts not original and in others badly damaged were updated with warm herringbone parquetry and black and white stone in the entry hall, providing a neutral palette to compliment the brass and porcelain lights from Porcelain Bear. Allowing the clients to imbue their personalities into the interior.