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strip of floor-to-ceiling marble in the main
living area that surrounds the fireplace,
while stone-coloured tiles anchor the space.
ese design elements can bring a cold
feel to an interior, but designer Christian has
softened the impact through the use of
textures through carpet, rugs and soft
furnishings, plus materials with sheen.
e most jaw-dropping feature of the
main living space, however, is a ceiling
pendant, called the Box Kite Light, designed
by Christian. e visual impact of this
statement piece gives a strong focal point to
the cavernous room and brings a cocooning
feel to the lounge area of the home.
However, while the ceiling height gave
the designers great freedom in creating and
decorating the interior (not to mention the
scope to create such a pendant), it also posed
a logistical nightmare.
" at was the most challenging part of
the project, realising you can't just get in
a plasterer to plaster, your painter to paint
or your bricklayer in to do his thing," says
David. "You have to get scaffolding up in the
room. And the sheer size and volume of the
walls was a challenge!"
Below and above the main living level
are the fun zones of the home: a purpose-
built games room for the owners' sons and
a workshop and storage room, which allow
the owners to indulge in their hobbies, are on
the lower level; a guestroom with additional
adults-only lounge zones is on the upper level.
True to the grand scale of the house, the
sons' games room includes a miniature roller
coaster and plenty of room for them to play.
" e idea was to let the boys get all their
toys out, leave them around and make an
absolute mess, and we could close the door
and be none the wiser! However, we did put
a camera in the room, so we can keep an eye
on them," says the owner,
e workshop and storage room are where
the big boy's toys are kept. " e workshop is
my playroom!" the owner adds. " ere are a
couple of dirt bikes, road bikes and paddling
skis in there, plus radio helicopters and
paintball markers. You name it, it's down
there, and it's a real boy's room."
e rear of the home features a second level
where there are a guest suite (for the owners'
parents), a study and library, plus a lounge.
" e lounge is very cool, we've made it
into an adults' games room with a cocktail
arcade game, air hockey table and a Wii,"
says the owner. " ere's also a lounging
area within that space."
Despite the multitude of areas to run
amok, the family loves entertaining and
spends much time outdoors in the alfresco
dining area by the pool.
"We love to fire up the barbecue and have
family and friends over," says the owner.
However, with the cooler weather on its
way, we are confident the family will have
no problem entertaining and enjoying life
indoors, too. I
A timeless look was achieved in the interior thanks to a
neutral palette. However, colour has been carefully used
to highlight areas of the home without overpowering the
overall harmony. "We've had fun working with (Cottesloe-
based) interior designer Christian Lyon as we've really
dressed up the place with soft furnishings and artwork,"
says the owner. Most of the furniture here was sourced from
local businesses, including refurbished vintage lamps in the
main living space, one of which is made of Murano glass.
However, the main attraction in the home is the oversized
pendant -- made from a lightweight aluminium frame and
fabric -- over the lounge zone in the main living area.
CONTACTS: BUILDER: Exclusive Residence (08)
9287 4988. INTERIOR DESIGN: Christian Lyon Design
(soft furnishings), christianlyondesign.com and Carol
Anne Cassidy & Associates (hard furnishings) 0412 710
423. LANDSCAPING: Paul Stacey from WF Landscape
Industries (08) 9402 0 085.
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