The fireplace is integral to creating a cosy environment in the wintertime. “It also provided a visual focal point by adding a break in materiality and texture,” Cassie says. The designer selected vintage pieces among new design objects to create a ‘liveable feel’ in each space while taking a ‘splurge and save approach’. “The Jardan sofa was the most involved decision in the house, as the client had started off wanting a sunken living area,” Cassie says. “Due to budget restrictions, this then evolved to a larger built-in sofa that could still accommodate a swell in guests when entertaining,” she adds.