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EAGLE BAY HOME
work, so they simply outlined their basic
requirements -- bedrooms, bathrooms,
living, customised fire pit...
"Yes, the fire pit was part of the brief,"
says Dane. "Rather than a barbecue, they
had experienced an outdoor firebox, which
they had sat around, so they asked me to
work that into it -- a nice, soft lounging
space around a fire.
"When you think about it, it's a great
feature. e entertaining area is set up to
focus on that, and the outdoor fire is visible
from the indoor fireplace."
ere's plenty of interplay between
indoors and out, right from their ancient
temple doors (sourced on a fact-finding
journey through India).
Behind the rough limestone threshold is
a covered walkway, leading guests down a
path through their stone courtyard. Carports
were abandoned -- "there's no point when
you're just driving hire cars around" -- with
everyone instead in favour of the walkway,
which creates a mood of calm before they've
even entered the building.
As is the nature of any holiday home, the
emphasis of the design falls squarely on the
main living areas.
e need for 'bedroom retreats' is
diminished because while you're on holiday,
day-to-day activities are your retreat, and
the resulting open-plan main living area
shows this clearly.
"It's very generous. ere are 4.5-metre-
high ceilings, it's quite a large space," says
Dane. "We put the fireplace central to divide
the space, so they have the opportunity to
sit on one side and read a magazine, relax,
then use the kitchen and the dining room
independently from that."
It also acts as a meeting place for the
bedrooms, playrooms and master 'suite',
which are divided into wings on the home:
the master suite, ensuite and office on one
side and the children's space on the other.
e kids' space includes three bedrooms
with built-in, U-shaped beds to sleep
three, an extra guestroom, a games room
that opens out onto the courtyard and a
bathroom with a trough-length basin, so
there are no excuses for unbrushed teeth.
All bedrooms and bathrooms are
minimally decorated in neutral colours,
with one important stipulation from the
client: all the bedding and sheets must be
totally comfortable. If her years in property
management have taught her nothing else,
ABOVE The fireplace is double-sided, giving warmth to the
open-plan living spaces while subtly zoning them. LEFT Artwork
is by local artist Waldemar Kolbuzs, who was commissioned to
create a piece based on the home's bushland views. Timber floors
in Alpine Ash are by Big River Timbers and they add warmth to the
interior without being overpowering. OPPOSITE (top) The outdoor
entertaining area features custom-built sofas fitted with weather-
resistant fabrics alongside an outdoor table setting. (bottom)
Bifolds give that all-important indoor-outdoor feel. The dining
table and chairs are by Italian firm Arper and the interior walls are
painted in Natural White by Dulux.
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