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Dianella | Old’s cool
Owner Mark Etherton tells us about
his unique home
Any tips for tackling heritage projects? We
worked in par tnership with the Heritage Council
of WA to document the structure and history, and
co nco ct a co nser vation plan fo r the home. This was
what guided the pro gress for the home’s revamp.
The house is now protected and conserved for
future generations and we’re proud to say it is the
youn gest WA ho me on the State Register. I feel
like we’ve don e it a lot of justice.
What are your favourite sources of quality
vintage furniture? On a global level, eB ay has
been the source of many of my finds, although we
have picked up pieces on ou r travels from all over
the world – we’ve got very good at packing light to
bring items back! Locally I like to see Ian at Hunters
and Collectors on Stirling Highway, plus we visit
garage sales an d bro wse vintage shops.
11. A wall between two smaller bedrooms was removed so the
master suite absorbed the space. A bedhead by Oakford
Cabinets was custom-made for the newly expanded master
bedroom, which works well with a mustard 1976 TH Brown
and Sons coffee table and reindeer pelts from Finland. Mark
and Chris agonised over wallpaper, but finally settled on
pearlescent, flocked line from Wall Candy that changes with
the light throughout the day.
12. The hill-top home presides over almost full-circle views to the
city and Darling Escarpment.
Perspex-floored, mirror-lined space
that boasts synchronised, coloured,
flashing lights and a well-appointed bar.
Simply being there makes you wish the
walls could talk.
Timber panelling and bronzed mosaic
tiles tumble down a short flight of stairs
to the western service wing, emphasised
by a vermiculite ceiling. Here, a sunken
lounge (originally a snooker room) and
a sequence of north-facing bedrooms,
wrapped with a shallow balcony, peek
over the pool courtyard.
What’s beautiful about the Marsala
house is that it passionately reflects
both the architect and the client, and its
drama hasn’t been dimmed in the modern
day. It has become the stuff of legend –
for design buffs, at least. During
construction, so the story goes, Sergio
is said to have told Iwan that costs were
increasing and, because he didn’t have
bottomless pockets, he proposed drastic
cutbacks. Iwan turned to Sergio and said,
‘Such cutbacks would be like cutting
off my arm’. Of course, the house was
completed as intended, Iwanoff kept his
arm and Sergio built his nirvana.
For Mark and Chris, their story with the
home may end here: their growing family
means a move looks to be on the cards. And
Mark is wistful when he considers leaving
the home that consumed their passions for
several years. “It has our blood, sweat and
tears,” he says. “But it has been rewarding
to us and the team, who have had the
home acknowledged as the recipient of the
2011 WA Heritage award for Outstanding
What is clear, however, is that for
the Marsala home, no matter who owns
it next, its story will go on.
Chris and Mark with baby Zahra
and their lively spoodle, Valentino.
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