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FLOW ON: The curved Zebrano veneer wall hides two doors
(leading to a powder room and linen store). Sofas and cushions
were made by Drew Nutton of Creative Edge, using fabric from
Warwick Fabrics; pendants were made by Robert Kennedy of
St John Lamps with black organza picked up in Spain. Artwork
in dining room: Madathuna Station by Pamela Brittain.
You know the phrase: never judge
a book by its cover. Well, that
certainly rings true with this
house, where a simple, charcoal-
coloured fence protects a familiar 1930s
Kensington bungalow, roofed with equally
familiar terracotta tiles.
From the outside, it's a family home that's
not so different to many that dot the Perth
landscape. However, go beyond the gate,
step into the hallway and you'll enter a world
that embraces the classic architecture of the
original dwelling, yet also intertwines a
modern, clean aesthetic all of its own.
e owners of this Kensington property
had lived in it for 11 years before deciding it
was time for a complete overhaul. e home
had suffered through several renovations
and extensions in the 70s, 80s and 90s --
think tack-ons and clunky rooms. e result
was a house with a series of disconnected
spaces, including an isolated, dark kitchen
in the middle of the house.
It was architect Meaghan White who the
owners Yolande and Ivan called in to steer
the reinvigoration. Her brief was to create
an open-plan living area, an ensuite and
walk-in robe for the master bedroom, a
separate lounge (which can also be used as
a spare bedroom), a new kitchen (including
pantry and breakfast bar), a new study and
to accommodate the unusual proportions of
an existing dining room table.
An easy feat? Not so. e best bit of the
brief was there was to be no extension -- it
all had to be done under the existing roof.
And the budget was snug.
"What is great about Yolande and Ivan is
they are enthusiastic clients," says Meaghan.
" ere has to be chemistry and understanding
when you are putting your trust in someone
to create your dream house with your hard-
earned money. Yolande is a real go-getter
and knew what she wanted. I just helped
putting the pieces together. She's also a good
bargain hunter like me, so money was spent
on the important elements and saved on
As you walk into the property, the eye is
drawn through the hallway, past the master
"I love the kitchen. I love walking in here... and
opening up the doors. I love all of the house, though."
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