When Madeleine Blanchfield was appointed to remodel the interiors of this large Bellevue Hill art deco home, it was the ideal project to showcase her admired competence and talent. While the existing home was a tangled layout of singular spaces, creating vistas to open up spaces and provide connection is something of an MBA expertise. As the revised design makes clear, if you can see though a space to the outside – even when there’s a room in between – a connection and vast openness is achieved.
The home’s structural bones and impressive period detailing set an elegant foundation. An accustomed circular entrance with a strong art deco influence greets all on arrival, with doors leading off in different directions. The archways and cornice detail are almost enviable in their beauty, stature and presence while revitalised floorboards add a character and warmth that extends through the entire home.
The exquisite contemporised kitchen leads off from the entryway. Filled with light, substantial wood joinery and floor detailing and striking black elements, it makes for an understatedly impressive and welcoming room. A black stone benchtop works beautifully alongside outdoor greenery, and a black dining table, banquette seating and fireplace add wonderful clout and character to the minimalist appeal. By purposefully omitting to include a kitchen door it gives a natural connection through to other spaces.
The living room runs wide with the house, presenting the interiors with superb district views. Exquisitely furnished with soft greys, fresh white, and textual wood elements, the room is open and gracious, inviting feelings of calm. A panelled white ceiling with circular skylight references the period lines, curves and archways in other locations, and a decorative period fireplace sits handsomely in the room.
The Bellevue Hill House undoubtedly has a strong and substantial presence. By enhancing the stately existing features, and exposing newly found elements by bringing them into the limelight, a showstopper has been created. But then again, we wouldn’t expect anything less from Madeleine Blanchfield Architects.
Sandstone elements in sections of the house are cleverly incorporated with joinery and artworks, enhanced by the timeless lighting that adorns the entrance and living zones.