My Dream Home, by Matt Gibson

For the last week I have not been able to get this stunning house out of my head! It is featured in the Oct/Nov issue of Australian Belle, and is a modern extension on a Victorian Boom-style house in Melbourne by architect Matt Gibson. Unfortunately Belle only showed one small photo of the original part of the house, and focused more on the new extension, but who could blame them with a space as gorgeous as this!

One day when I get to build my dream house, it will hopefully look a little something like this…

I always find it interesting to see the different approaches taken when restoring or adding to an older home. Some people choose to try to blend the old with the new in a seamless way, copying elements and materials from the existing home, while others choose to make it a very deliberate and obvious change between the old and the new, as Matt Gibson has done in this home.

What I think I like most about this stunning home, is the use of a very basic and neutral colour scheme, letting all of the beautiful textures add depth to the space – polished concrete floors, a marble bench top and beautiful timber cabinetry and furniture. It has a very Scandinavian feel to it with the colour palette used, and the wishbone chairs.

In summer you would have to take full advantage of the floor to ceiling glass doors that can be pulled back to completely open the house up, and let the breeze flow through, with the outdoor entertaining area only meters from the kitchen, you will never be far from the action, even while preparing a meal inside.

This rug! and that chair! I don’t think there is a single thing I don’t love in this house! The clever use of a large wall unit for the tv etc, is also structural and creates a delineation between the living spaces.

The textures in this house are to die for! The knitted rug above, is from Rugs, Carpet and Design, and I love the textures of the throw and cushion. The timber clad wall brings an element of the outdoor space indoors, and the random placement of the photos in basic black frames is gorgeous.

And I just love the contrast of the timber slats against the black rear of the house, adding a little privacy to the rooms upstairs.

The way this house just pulls together seamlessly is amazing, it is not only extremely functional and practical for a family with kids, but also extremely beautiful. Good quality, sturdy furniture, combined with lovely textures… Even the room sizes are well proportioned, creating an open and spacious feel, yet not so big that you would lose yourself. There is also a perfect balance between open family spaces, with smaller more private areas, like the kids living area upstairs and the smaller living room they call the snug.

I would love to take a tour of this home, only problem is I would not want to leave! If you would like to read more, you will have to buy the Oct/Nov issue of Belle, it is full of great reads!

Enough daydreaming for now…

Have a wonderful day!

Rochelle xx

Image Credits- Australian Belle Oct/Nov
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