Somerton Park House was Fabrikate’s first project in 2013 and one we returned to in 2017. Home to a creative family with eclectic style, the old bungalow had character, but the rear kitchen, dining and living spaces were dark and compartmentalised. We knocked out the walls for greater connections, light and space, and furnished the home with mid-century-modern and Pacific Island-inspired pieces to reflect our client’s passions, taste and interests.

The kitchen was remodeled with stained oak veneer doors and handmade-tile splashback, and new glass doors and a picture window in the dining room provide a view of the garden. Natural materials and botanical prints , by the client’s time spent in the Islands, as is the picture wall in the living room.

Creating a home that our client intrinsically connected with inspired and empowered her to live differently and make brave life changes. Four years on we designed a workspace for her changed life. Wormy chestnut joinery and Portuguese cork complement the original marble mantel over the fireplace, and memorabilia, prints, textiles, and objects continue to express our clients’ passion for other cultures.

The study was shortlisted in Australian House & Garden: Top 50 Rooms 2018.