The gold front door of this new build is indicative of the client’s fearless attitude towards colour. A family home, the owners were excited to create a place to make memories. Avid home chefs, the specialist kitchen is equipped with Neff appliances and fitted with a heat, scratch and stain resistant porcelain Dekton benchtop; while the outdoor BBQ area reflects a passion for entertaining. There is a clear separation between public and private, and we have incorporated a brick spine which runs from the exterior to the interior that serves both to anchor and bring aesthetic connectivity within the home. We played with colour in the bathrooms, in one the Italian pink tiles are complemented with beautiful brass fixtures to create warmth. In another I created dramatic effect by juxtaposing green tiles with terrazzo tiles and white fittings. In the powder room a floor mounted tap is paired with a green Concrete Nation freestanding basin, while a large sculptural mirror enhances the sense of space. The confidence with colour is carried through to the furniture and gold mounted pendant light fittings; throughout the home there are layers of softness through tones, fabrics, wool carpet, and curves. Practicality is always key, and my favourite feature is an invisible internal door seamlessly leading to the garage that has been skilfully crafted among the feature brickwork of the entrance way.
Design and Build: Harwood Homes
Photographer: Jay Drew Photography
Kathrine McDonald Design is a small intimate interior design company led by Kathrine herself. With both feet firmly in the interiors market, she has an excellent knowledge of the latest trends, and an insight into where they are going – add this to her belief in the merit of classic style, and you have a designer who can offer the entire remit. With this holistic view of design she is able to help guide her clients not only in their best approach to the project, but she will also reference the best medium for them to use. While some people will want up to the minute styles, others desire a space that simply reflects their personality or their family unit.
There are myriad ways to achieve an end result, and Kathrine believes her position as a designer is to tease out ideas, and realize the dreams of her clients. Whether it is a complete renovation or simply spritzing up a space, she approaches each project with the same vigour, enthusiasm and passion.
By allowing clients to take their projects step by step, Kathrine has found that the overall project becomes far less stressful for the client – indeed the design process becomes an enjoyable experience, and it is this peace of mind and belief in the end result that professional guidance can bring.