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Inside The Modern Design of a Victorian ResidenceSunday 1 December 2019
With over 20 years of design experience, interior designer Brenda Wong creates luxurious interiors with a modern design. This Victorian residence perfectly depicts the designer’s signature design style, where neutral colours thrive and the green emerald details give life to the entire ambience. CovetED takes you inside this incredible interior design project.
Built around 1891, the handsome exterior features were essentially intact: fine cast-iron lacework to verandahs, intricate eaves supports, central arched entrance, and a tower that would once have led to a widow’s walk. The owners’ brief to the top interior designer was to maintain the grandeur of the house but to create something that suited their growing family of five.
Boca do Lobo’s Diamond Emerald Sideboard in the wide entrance hallway does just that. Chosen by the designer and owners together, it’s sculptural, faceted shape defies convention, and the mirror-like reflective finish against the black Japan floorboards, original cedar staircase and traditional semi-circular archway is a bold surprise and sets the tone for the connecting rooms. There is a wonderful dialogue between the old and new, traditional and contemporary throughout.
Silk rugs in the sitting and dining room are a classic element, while velvet upholstery and a shagreen coffee table provide a modern design touch. Custom-made contemporary mirrors over the original mantelpieces are intentionally edgy and, like a piece of art, they lift and lighten the mood.
Upstairs, a sizable master bedroom has a quiet relaxing outlook over trees. It is furnished for comfort with a modern design. The graduated drapery complemented by wallpaper with microdots creates a stippled effect.
The focus of the room is an overscaled headboard designed by Brendan as articulated panels wrapped in ochre-coloured leather. A chaise, also custom-designed by Brendan, provides the perfect spot for the owners to sit and enjoy the wonderful light that floods the room.
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