As a return client we already had a great start point of understanding for this project. The aspect of this home is from house to lawn to lake, so the visual symmetry inside needed to reflect the natural beauty outside, hence a palette of tonal minimalism with details held in the features. The kitchen formed part of a key update – previously disproportionally small and dark, we reconfigured the interior and created a large kitchen, simultaneously transforming a small office to hardworking scullery. The large butlers sink and intricate moulding around the cabinetry are a nod to the style of the home; while the stone splash back draws the eye, the huge island is the hero of the room. Warmth is brought to the scullery through the copper tapware and sink; handmade Zellige Moroccan tiles are beautiful in their simplicity.
The new layout created a second living area, which was fitted with bi-fold doors that open onto the waterways, introducing a real connection to the outdoor spaces. There were lots of workable existing features; one exciting enhancement was the staircase: by accentuating, extending and cladding the first step and landing in natural stone, we created a real sense of drama. Central to the living space is the new Paonazzo stone fireplace, softly veined, this tied in perfectly with the tones of the chunky wool carpet. Elsewhere cold unforgiving tiles were replaced with warm engineered flooring. This respectful renovation has been undertaken in stages.
Photography : 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.