|Interior||Georgie Shepherd Interior Design|
|Builder||The Little Build Co|
|Architect||Beach DC Design Studio|
House of Billie is a beautiful quaint white Bungalow House set on a spacious block in one of Adelaide’s garden suburbs. It is home to a young family of four and their gorgeous Cavoodle Billie. The home has undergone a renovation and architectural extension working within the original footprint of the existing house. The design marries the character of the original front rooms of the home, preserving traditional detailing with the architectural rebuild.
Inside, the design of the kitchen and detailing was to feel more joinery like than kitchen like. Utilising a monochromatic soft grey palette for both kitchen joinery and furniture pieces facilitated the impression of space within the main living area and blurring of boundaries separating the kitchen and dining. A curved kitchen island is friendly to move around and less imposing. The round dining table also in a soft grey invites family meals and ease of flow between the kitchen, dining and living areas. In this way, the kitchen and living zones feel less compartmentalised. Soft furnishings and rugs provided a textural change helping to define zones and cushion the acoustic effects of concrete floors.
This project demonstrates the ability to transform a very small footprint into a spacious, functional living space for a family of four. Bathroom and laundry were concealed behind a hidden door to eliminate a direct visual line from the kitchen and living areas. The client embraced a minimalist approach, hiding appliances, and minimising joinery handles to keep the space beautifully uncluttered. Attention to detail was paramount due to the scale of the project; every little detail needed to elevate the simplicity of the design to form a layered, textured, and complete space. From the bespoke cabinet profile to the custom brass mirrors in the bathrooms, these detail elements became acutely important in the balance of materiality and budget. Using beautiful natural materials such as marble, and slatted oak in a purposefully restrained manner paired with more economical laminates and off the shelf accessories all contributed to an achievable outcome for the client.
Georgie Shepherd Interior Design sought local joiners and predominantly Australian lighting and furniture designers to furnish the home. Furniture items were selected which had gentle curves, and softly painted timbers. These pieces were robust enough to suit a family but also complimentary to the idea of using shapes to define spaces. This home exemplifies how bold ideas, good design and a richness in detail can be achieved on a smaller scale elevating a humble suburban home to a space that is inspired, interesting and beautiful.