House Tour: A Light and Airy Oasis in The Perfect Garden Setting

When the owners of a heritage-listed Art Deco home enlisted studiofour to design their extension, the brief was to create a space that connected a new living space to the garden.

The home is within the much sought after Hedgeley Dene Gardens precinct, and the owners wanted a stronger link to its surrounds.

The site was previously occupied by a dwelling that had no connection to the landscape and turned its back on the borrowed views available into Hedgeley Dene Gardens. In essence, the brief was for the new addition was to be fluid, permeable and highly connective with the landscape.

Kardella Street Residence by studiofour

The design is minimal in materiality and detailing, placing emphasis on the backdrop provided by the gardens beyond. Interior elements retain simplicity and are extended outside to create a minimal transition between inside and out.

Grounded in a sense of calm, the integrated interior and exterior improves function and enhanced user well-being. This double-height space houses the heart of the home, with a focus on providing a real and tangible connection to the landscape.

The new extension provides an indoor/outdoor transition zone, gently stepping down from the house interior to the garden. Like a residential scale amphitheatre, the design allows for for many varied levels of entertaining, including outdoor cooking, integrated seating and outdoor dining area.

Kardella Street Residence by studiofour

The colour and material palette is soothing and neutral, and doesn’t distract from the view. The beautiful flooring is Blonde Oak from Embelton Floors and the walls are painted in the popular Dulux Natural White. In the kitchen the bench top and splashback are HI-MACS Solid surface in Satin White. HI-MACS is a composition of acrylic, minerals and natural pigments that combine to create a smooth, non-porous, thermoformable and visually seamless surface.

Kardella Street Residence by studiofour

Photography by Shannon McGrath

6 Beautiful Neutral Interiors to Evoke a Sense of Calm

Neutral interiors are far from boring. With a muted colour palette and natural materials a neutral interior provides a calm and relaxing environment.

BERNIE’S BEACH by Sally Caroline (Photography Shannon McGrath)

When you want to create a calm and relaxing space, with great resale value, it’s hard to beat a neutral interior.

Far from being dull and boring, neutral interiors use soothing colours and textures to create a comforting space. Think earthy tones such as beige, grey and greige, and natural materials like linen, timber, rattan, wool and ceramics.

B&B RESIDENCE by Hogg&Lamb (Photography Christopher Frederick Jones)

The B&B Residence explores minimalism with a restrained material and colour palette including walls painted in Dulux ‘Whisper White’, Solid French oak floorboards, Corian benchtop and sink in ‘Glacier White’ and Caesarstone Fresh Concrete island benchtop.

SAGE HOUSE by Carole Whiting Interiors and Design (Photography JACK SHELTON)

Superbianco Oak floors by Admonter form a soft, neutral foundation throughout Sage House that perfectly compliment the organic form of Doug Johnson’s Woven Pendant over the dining table and the breezy sheer curtains.

HILL HOUSE by Decus Interiors (Photography Anson Smart)

A neutral palette for the bathroom has moved beyond plain white tiles. Neutrals are more about a muted and natural colour and textures that create a calming space. Think soft natural light through skylights, warm mood lighting, natural stone and timber, and soft cotton.

WATTLE HOUSE by GOLDEN (Photography Sharyn Cairns)

The colour range for a neutral room extends far beyond natural white and wood. It’s a good idea to include a hint of colour, or a small bite of black or a dark colour to provide some contrast and tone as show in the Wattle House.

GEORGINA by Templeton Architecture (Photography Sharyn Cairns)

Subtle and comforting is the aim for neutral interiors, and this is achieved not only with the colours used but also the texture. Texture provides warmth, comfort and movement which is why it is so important in a neutral space. As well as soft furnishings, you can add texture to walls with a wallpaper, special wall paint or panelling.