The masculine vibe of this Australian home is well suited to its owner, a successful businessman, former Victorian Australian of the year, philanthropist, TV personality and world traveler. The refined, nuanced design was created with moody color selections, high-end furnishings and fabrics, and hints of gold to up the ‘luxe’ factor. The open living space is filled with light thanks to floor-to-ceiling windows and doors which helps keep the charcoal and navy palette from overpowering the space.
Charles Prior of Baxter Creative was asked to “personalize the house and make it work for the client who has very particular needs in terms of entertaining and storage. We were asked to transform the large single story four bedroom house, into a spacious executive retreat.
“I’ve worked with this client, who is bold, sophisticated and stylish, on both residential and commercial projects. As such we have become quite a team. His major request for this project was for entertaining. He hosts major events for his philanthropic activities at the house.”
The original kitchen and laundry were completely demolished and an entire new structure 1.5 metres taller than the original was built.
“We merged a hallway, the original living room, a bedroom and bathroom into a spacious master suite, and created a guest bedroom and study with a guest bathroom and finally the massive open plan living, dining and kitchen.”
The original sections of the home were restored and enhanced, then the existing finishes were integrated into the new sections to ensure a continuity that is also enforced with a consistent color scheme.
“We actually only increased the interior space by 15 sq/m but the re-configuring of space and the massive increase in the ceiling height to the rear section gives the illusion that the house footprint was dramatically increased.”
Furnishings were deliberately kept low to accentuate the high ceilings. The deep charcoal color is a strong background for the bold art.
“The artwork was purchased overseas by the client with my approval via email. They are not by a well known artist but lend a colourful burst in the more sleek colour palette that they sit in. “
“The Oracle pendant light in the kitchen is a custom piece by Christopher Boots. It was a little on the expensive side but the client was aware that a larger version had recently been installed in the Hermes store in New York and was totally won over by the idea of it.”
Dining Table: Max Sparrow
“The sleek kitchen is pretty much for show with the majority of food prep and storage in the butlers pantry concealed behind the veneer panel.”
A powder room with floor to ceiling marble and a perfectly placed pendant light.
The Master Suite is breathtaking – natural light streams in beautifully reflecting off of the dark walls, and the ornate chandelier takes center stage adding drama to the room.
The walk-in closet has ample storage provided by the beautifully crafted built-ins. As you walk through the closet to the master bathroom, the graphic black and white floor to ceiling tile makes for a stunning backdrop.
Charles pays close attention to detail, even when designing outdoor spaces. This terrace flows seamlessly from the main house and provides a beautiful setting for dining or cozying up to a fire.
This impeccably designed home with its open floor-plan and indoor/outdoor living area is perfect for entertaining. Charles Prior’s innovative and sophisticated design leaves us with plenty of inspiration behind every corner.