Balancing two distinct eras and creating a cohesive design in one home is a difficult task. For the Australian interior design firm MIM Design, the harmony came from understanding the needs of the clients and working with the architect hired to design the additional square footage. Lead Interior Designer Kristina Reeve of MIM Design and Lead Architect Emma Tulloch of Nixon Tulloch Fortey Architecture worked together to create a space that blends old and new.
The duo set about transforming the two-story Edwardian-era home from dark and cramped (typical of houses built during that era) to lively and full of natural light. MIM carefully curated the interiors to work with the architecture, with a scheme that played on color contrasts and the light of the newly opened-up space.
Before the renovation, the interior of the home was smaller and outdated. The design firm kept the dark colors in some places and balanced the rich colors with incoming natural light.
At the kitchen island, the underneath is covered in a custom stain and the island is paired with Last Minute Barstools by Viccarbe. The kitchen is equipped with a Franke sink and a gas oven by Smeg. A natural white marble stone by CDK Stone lines the counters. Floors are supplied and installed by Woodcut.
Home Office Area
The cabinets that uncover a reading desk were custom-stained to match the wood panels in the kitchen.
Home Office Area
Another office nook in the home shows how MIM worked in contrasts. Instead of the dark stain, the firm painted the same wood white and brought in pops of blue.
The firm worked with colors that mimicked the nearby ocean landscape — the bedroom combines stone grays and multiple shades of blue.