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man behind the interior, Bryan Wallace of
Compagnie D. “The whole thing was about
creating an elegant, fun, relaxed escape.”
Bryan applied his distinctive modus
operandi – glamour without shine,
comfort without fuss – to achieve a
“relaxed tailoring” for the home’s interior.
A palette of whites brought calm and a
sense of space to the house, while Bryan
added texture and humour to keep things
interesting. The smile-inducing quirks
include white moulded-plastic Her chairs
at the ends of the dining table, little white
deer-head plaques mounted above doorways
and various ceramic birds and animals that
light up with the flick of a switch.
“As you spend more time in the house,
you discover more things,” says Bryan.
“You’re entertained visually and mentally.
You can indulge all your senses.”
While the colour palette remains
constant throughout, the feel of each room
is slightly different. Bryan describes the
overall style as ‘relaxed French with oriental
touches’ – with enough whitewashed timber
to evoke the Hamptons in New York.
It’s been remarked the house looks like
Ralph Lauren’s holiday house. Then there’s
the ‘Versace room’ – a second bedroom
so named because of a lion’s head motif
installed in the bedhead.
Even the outdoor areas of the home
have personalities. A standard garden
shed was converted into a charming
pavilion, complete with painted concrete
floor and wicker furniture. While other
nooks that contribute to the home’s relaxed
elegance include the Bus Stop and the Moon
Terrace – Robert’s visions – which were once
prosaic wood sheds and the like, now dreamy,
soft-furnished spots to read and nap.
“Even in the outdoors you can create
roomscapes,” says Bryan, pointing to
mirrors on exterior walls and narrow tables
on which to plonk lunch supplies. The
LEFT The Her chair from Table & Chair Company gives that quirky
hit to the kitchen mixed with a dining table from Jersey Architectural
Ware house and chairs from Contempo Collection. BELOW The
living area is a lesson in neutrals with a sisal mat from Floors Natural,
coffee table from Empire, lamp base from Esola Home with a shade
from Alti Lighting, and side tables, shelves and floor lamp all from
Domain Gallery. Bryan designed the cabinet and the sofa is a
custom design upholstered in a Warwick fabric.
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