Equipped with approved DA plans for the 1920s Queenslander cottage, the owners called on local designers, Twofold Studio. The job for these interior designers was to bring the lines on the plans to life and create a functional, family living environment. Melissa Blight, senior interior designer of Twofold, worked closely with the clients to fulfill what she describes as “a great design opportunity”. Handing over the completed design, which included everything from the exterior colour scheme, to joinery, lighting and soft furnishings, must have come with a great sense of satisfaction — the finished home moves with seamless and harmonious continuity between floors, spaces and finishes. It is truly beautiful.

From the beginning of the design process, the clients made it clear that they were not looking for a ‘white and glossy’ interior. To reinforce the point, Melissa was presented with beautifully weathered ironbark they had purchased from the dismantling of the old Hornibrook Bridge. Melissa cleverly introduced the timber into the home and paid homage to its former life by creating an internal, inlaid broad walk running from the front door of the home. From this point, they continued an industrial mode in the kitchen using a porcelain slab benchtop with a concrete-like finish. An industrial-style pendant light fitting introduces a warm pop of colour which appears again in other rooms.

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The continued use of ironbark in the joinery creates a warm and welcoming kitchen and dining area. Red tones are offset by a limed oak floor and blue tiles (by Bonnie and Neal) that surround a window niche. The tiled wall marries with the original cottage windows, together forming the backdrop for curiosities picked up from the owners’ travels.

A beautiful living area is given a 1950s edge with its circular rug (Akira Isogawa), glass coffee table and a disguised pop-down bar hidden away in the wall. The reds bring warmth and energy to the otherwise sophisticated and restrained room.

Instead of hiding the laundry away, Melissa has championed this oft neglected room. Slabs of New York marble line the walls, and machines are enclosed within perfectly executed joinery, creating a very stylish space. So much so, that is Melissa’s favourite room of the design.

Entering the house, one walks straight into the top floor, which is the public space. Downstairs is the retreat, housing three bedrooms and a seriously luxurious master bathroom. A polished concrete floor runs throughout the lower level.

The bed in the master bedroom (complete with its exquisite custom-made cushions) is nestled against the wall that divides bedroom and bathroom. New York marble is continued as a wall finish in the bathroom, and along with a blue-white wall of mosaic tiles, Melissa has achieved wonderful sense of space. The outdoor bath, with its river views, is the piece de resistance, providing a very tempting spot to cool off on a stifling Brisbane summer eve.

There is little surprise that the owners love their inner city sanctuary or that Melissa’s design has helped ease the move from their former country home.

Words by Alice Thompson | Images by Alice Taylor Photography