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Luxury hotel sophistication hides
behind a classic facade in this
cavernous family home in Shenton
Park. Here, bold lobby style, strong
lines and the contrast of hard and soft
interior elements bring a sense of five-star
style to a home built for a young family.
It's not surprising to learn that celebrated
Australian interior designer Christian Lyon
is behind the luxurious interior. Teaming
with fellow interior designer Carol Anne
Cassidy, an aesthetic has evolved that
accentuates the monolithic-style structure
of the house, but also softens it to create a
mix of glamorous and family-friendly zones.
Behind the impressive structure is David
Reynolds, director of builder Exclusive
Residence. Brought in with the initial brief to
design an interim home for a young family,
David instead took the design-savvy owners
on a journey to creating a dream space.
e four-bedroom, 3.5-bathroom house
is built on a flat 680sqm block of standard
dimensions. And, being located in Shenton
Park, it had to comply with stringent council
restrictions to protect the look and feel of the
suburb. So, David looked to Europe for his
"In parts of Europe, you find old French-
style chateaus that have been renovated into
new hotels," he says. " e exterior skin is
still the original stone, then the builders or
architects come in and create a modern hotel
inside with sheer glass that disappears into a
really old, stone cavity wall."
To ensure harmony between the new
house and its surrounds, David took his
design and material cue from traditional-
looking homes in the area.
"We call the style 'modern classic'. It feels
classic, but has a modern edge to it," he says.
"We used a lot of straight lines and squares...
and a lot of classic materials, like travertine,
but we used a silver travertine (on the facade
and pool area), so it looked modern."
e day-to-day rooms of the home --
bedrooms, bathrooms and lounge, dining
and kitchen zones -- are all at ground level.
"I'm not a fan of stairs, so the main focus
of the house was to have the main living
areas all on the ground floor," says the owner
of the home. " e high ceiling here is to
create that sense of space throughout the
High? Let's term it 'towering'. ey extend
up 4.5 metres and are accented by a striking
SPACE RACE: The 4.5m-high ceilings give the feel of a
cavernous, almost warehouse-like, feel. Textures soften the space
and the statement light anchors the room. (top right) Elegance is
created with Christian Lyon's Musee dining table and Kelly chairs.
"We had a vision for a large, boxed light... Christian
designed it... we're ecstatic with the way it came out."
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