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'wing' and new lounge, into the new
light-filled kitchen and living area.
"One big issue was the kitchen was
separate to the living room, so if you were
cooking in the kitchen you were isolated
because everyone else was out in the living
room," says Meaghan.
Walls and a fireplace were removed
to combine the cooking and living zones
and rectify the issue. Today, the kitchen
is essentially a small space, but with its
unorthodox, large stone island bench that
rests to one side, it appears much larger than
it is. And, while the kitchen bench is a
beautiful thing, it's as practical as it is pretty,
hiding the sink, dishwasher, microwave,
cookbooks, drawers and other storage.
"I love the kitchen," says Yolande. "I love
walking in here in the morning and opening
up the doors. I love all of the house, though."
On one side of the kitchen is a study nook,
which can be cleverly hidden from the rest
of the house with folding doors. is is where
Yolande works from home and where their
two children Niamh, 8, and Lloyd, 5, have
their dedicated computer zone.
e jewel in this home's crown,
however, is a gracious, curved veneer
wall that immediately greets you as you
step through into the kitchen--living area.
is curved expanse is key to the house
working as a whole visually, and features
two hidden doors -- one through to the
laundry and powder room, and another to
a linen cupboard.
e challenge of constructing this curved
wall wasn't all in the issue that it isn't a
straight, flat line. In a feat worth bragging
about, this wall also had to cross three
different ceiling heights and two different
floor levels, plus incorporate doors.
ere wasn't enough space under the
house to correct the floors, nor was there
room in the budget to jiggle with the
ceilings, so without Meaghan's curved wall,
the previously disjointed rooms would
remain just that, with their different floor
levels and ceiling heights competing for
attention and ruining the flow.
" e cabinetmaker I use always says 'are
there any curved walls?' before he quotes on
a job now," laughs Meaghan.
EASY LIVING (clockwise from above): Wall Candy wallpaper and
a decadent chandelier add luxe to the master bedroom; a splashback
in the kitchen was matched to one of Yolande's favourite vases; the
living area features two artworks by Gaye Redding and that vase;
Artemide pendants and tiles from MST Mediterranean Ceramics
soften the hard edges of the simple, contemporary bathroom.
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