This Californian bungalow celebrates clean lines, open living and functional family entertaining.
The brief from the clients was for a clean, light filled contemporary kitchen and laundry renovation that transformed the existing dark U-shape timber kitchen into a functional light heart of the home that enabled the family to enjoy the outdoor courtyard area and solve existing storage issues in the laundry and kitchen.
Family functionality was at the central core concept of the interior design, material specification and space planning, to ensure a busy working family of five adults could have ample storage and work areas whilst maintaining a clean aesthetic. The butler’s kitchen laundry hosts the refrigerator in the return, washing machine and dryer and a custom storage unit for hiding unsightly golf clubs that is accessible from the back yard. The appliances nook was transformed into a cafe hub that features LED lighting and an extendable bench for easy access and maintenance.
Walls and ceilings were painted in St James Whitting Elementals Collection coloured by Resene. Economical options were selected for tiles from Kalafrana Ceramics while not compromising on quality and style. All joinery was finished in a Resene made colour called St James Whitting Blot.
Cabinets feature George Fethers natural timber veneer details. with customised internal storage solutions and soft-close drawers and doors. Hardware inside cabinets provides functional storage for recycling bins, cutlery and utensils, herbs and spices, chopping boards and baking dishes. The custom made Cafe Hub features a pull out bench to avoid excess steam from small appliances damaging the cabinets. Timber highlights in the joinery create visual interest and break up the block of pure white. LED down lights provide ample illumination to workbenches and for ambiance. Bench tops and splash backs feature hard-wearing Essastone by Laminex Unique Calacatta. The owners requested to keep the existing appliances and complement these with a hidden rangehood. The refrigerator is nestled in the return wall of the butlers kitchen/laundry to maintain the white clean architectural lines of the kitchen.
A tone on tone neutral colour palette was created by putting the Laminex Calacatta image through the Resene colour palette generator. St Whitting Blot, made by Resene, Resene Tea and Resene Alabaster provided the perfect tone on tone scheme to complement the Calcutta benchtops and have mood and meaning and not be stark and cold. This neutral palette complemented the bold exterior of the Californian bungalow painted in a SJ Whitting palette Ebonize, Mineral Clay, Earthenware and Resene Triple Friar Grey, all in Resene Lumbersider to ensure that the 100 year old building was brought back to life with permanence. The exterior colours in olive and charcoal tones had to blend with the heritage nature of the street scape and the existing brickwork while being unique to the client.
The external palette of the outdoor living area was integrated into the interior design scheme through the limited-edition fine art print Winton Ponds by Catherine Whitting from the St James Whitting art studio and The Curious Art Bar. Inspired by the writings of author Tim Winton, Winton Ponds is an exploration in layering and colour washes that add a freshness and zest to the interior.
”I keep asking my husband when we are going to have to leave our beautiful holiday home – then, as I look around at the beautiful interiors I realise I am on holiday when we are at home – it is our forever home” Arti.
Building contractor: Modum
Interior designer: Catherine Whitting and Kate St James
Photographer: Marian Riabic
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