When Schilcher first entered the apartment, she discovered that its ubiquitous, original aluminum panels had been neglected, many of them oxidized and missing glass components. “It reminded me of an abandoned boat, an old steamer with aluminum framing,” says Schilcher. She quickly enlisted the help of New York-based architect Peter Himmelstein and got started on the daunting clean-up task.
Once the bones of the penthouse were in place, Schilcher began to think about interior appointments, something that comes naturally to the owner of Salon Moderne and co-owner of Property, both Soho-based design outlets. In the entryway, she installed Ardex, an easy-to-clean poured floor that has a slick, modern look. Immediately upon entry, visitors are met with a small, white half-bath that opens to a private terrace.
In the living room, the designer could not, for technical reasons, relocate the overhead air vent. To compensate for the dreary, unsightly aperture, Schilcher commissioned Lloyd Schwan to create a lighting sculpture around it. The result: 48 single pedants dangling from the ceiling. “It covers up the problem and becomes a focal point for the room,” she says. “Plus, you don’t lose any of the view.” To warm up the generous, open space, Schilcher laid down wall-to-wall carpeting from Misha. She also added translucent panels to allow for as much daylight penetration as possible.
Structure and Decoration of the Penthouse
Continuing on the first floor of the duplex, dining and lounge areas also take advantage of the views, and a fireplace rounds out the more personal, intimate quality of these more private spaces. Schilcher filled the rooms with a mixture of old and new, including vintage Knoll chairs and a contemporary red day bed, both from Salon Moderne. She decided to forgo the use of decorative window treatments here because the ceilings are lower and she wanted to keep the area as open as possible. A half-bath and laundry area were added near the newly installed kitchen, which includes custom wood cabinetry, stainless-steel appliances, and more practical Ardex flooring.
A spiral staircase of steel leads upstairs to the master and guest suites. The master bath, with its glass shower enclosure, has a spectacular, open view of the Chrysler building. Guests should not feel neglected: their bathroom, previously a dark, cave-like space, now has a frosted glass wall that gathers light from the adjacent skylit stairwell. Both bathrooms have white Thassa marble counters and floors of hexagonal ceramic tiles.
In the end, Schilcher claims that her only difficulty on the project was competing with the views. “When I first saw the space, it was clear that the views were everything. What else could I do but use them to my advantage?” With the help of solar shades as well as Translite cotton fabric to cover the windows, the client can experience bright morning sunshine as well as evening sunsets, watching the light reflect off the surrounding buildings throughout the day. “With few obstructions,” concludes Schilcher, “the space takes on a calming and comfortable effect that really works with the views.”
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Kiesling-Hess has been serving the West and West Coast Design community since the early 70’s. We offer fast service 24/48 hours (when necessary) on Flame Retardant Finishes and soil/stain repellants. To improve our services for our existing & new customers, try our latex and acrylic coating for upholstery and wall fabrics. As with our East Coast Plant, we provide vinyl and knit laminations and non-woven backings. These coatings are also available in FR formulations. Kiesling-Hess of California can handle all your finishing needs quickly, and cost effectively. Call for package pricing on large installations. Phone 310-719-9791, Fax 310-719-9711. Certified in State of California and New York City. circle 189
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We pioneered custom finishing for the Design Industry. Flame Retardant finishes, soil and stain repellants. Vinyl Lamination, knit backing and non-woven backing; great for silks and chenilles. Acrylic and latex back coating also available in flame retardant formulation. Package price quotes available upon request. Testing services in our own lab available. For high quality finishes and services please contact: Kiesling-Hess Finishing Co. Phone 215-457-0906, Fax 215-455-3110. Approved in State of California and New York City. circle 188
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Resistane wallpaper coating – improved over the years, still the original finish to the trade since 1960. Protects wallpaper from stain and soils, allowing you to wash away problems, a vinyl coating that guards the paper without changing the look. Fabric services are also offered, FR treatments, laminations, back coating, non-wovens. ResistFlame can help with all your finishing requirements. Ph: 513-561-5223, Fax: 513-561-2726. circle 190
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The Flooring Company used by the White House and Gracie Mansion. Wood Floors Refinished: sanded, stained any color, stenciled, bleached, pickled or marbled. Quality Products: Bruce, Kentucky, Tarkett, Hartco, etc. Finest Quality Workmanship: bonded and insured. Custom Designs and installations. Phone consultations and site visits. Visit our showroom at 129 East 124th Street, New York, NY 10035. Tel: 212-427-6262. www.newyorkflooring.com circle 185
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This article is the second part of the previous article seating art . In the previous part, we have provided recliner reviews and best recliner brand. In this article, we focus on best recliner reviews and most comfortable recliner: From history to State-of-the-Art.
Seating and Best Recliner Reviews: From History to State-of-the-Art
Circle 326: contemporary office furniture by Indiana
Indiana Desk: The Elation series offers a wide range of options for the contemporary office. Executive, manager, task, and guest chairs can be ordered with wood or urethane foam arm-rests; wood, aluminum, or black composite bases; synchro-tilt or mid-pivot controls; and a range of upholstery and wood finish choices. Indiana Desk, 1224 Mill Street, Jasper, IN 47546. www.indianadesk dot com.
Circle 351: task chair design by Zooey Chu
Harter: Designed by Zooey Chu, the Intuition task chair allows the user to make a number of adjustments for maximum comfort. The control mechanism features three functions–eight-point tension control, tilt lock-out, and seat-height control–with easy-to-reach, user-friendly knobs and levers. A slider seat control is optional, as are loop arms. Harter, 11451 Harter Drive, Middlebury, IN 46540.
circle 352; office chair by Superior Furniture
SuperiorFurniture: The Shazzam chair offers ergonomic seating at a reasonable price. All three models–dedicated task, swivel-tilt, and simple task–have TouchLift back-height adjustment, thick molded foam with contoured seat and lumbar support, and a choice of 15 arm options. SuperiorFurniture, One Industrial Park, Belton, TX 76513.
Circle 353: Executive/Conference seating chair
Allsteel: Virage Executive/Conference seating features sweeping curves of cast aluminum in a 1960s-inspired design. The arms are available polished, or in black, silver, or taupe mica paint. The chair’s substrate is sculpted for ergonomic support, and the frame features a large seating area. A knee-tilt reclining mechanism can be adjusted in seven positions. High-back, mid-back, and guest models are offered. Allsteel, 2210 Second Avenue, Muscatine, IA, 52761. www.allsteeloffice dot com.
Circle 354: Chela seating recliner chairs
Versteel: Designed by the Italian team Lucci-Orlandini, Chela seating consists of a sled-base stacking chair and a caster-base training chair. The curvaceous seat shell, designed to move with the user, allows for comfortable seating over long periods. Stacking chairs can be linked for group settings and stacked up to 10 high. Chela is available with or without arms and with an optional upholstery pad. The base comes in more than 30 powder-coat colors as well as chrome, and the shell is available in several colors. Versteel, P.O. Box 850, Jasper, IN 47547. www.versteel.com.
Most Comfortable recliner brand reviews from historical data
circle 355:Steelcase Recliner chair
Steelcase: Deck is a new line of chairs, stools, and tables designed by Brian Kane. The heart of the collection is the refined guest chair, with its simple metal frame and tailored back and arms. Numerous wood finishes, powder-coat paint choices, and upholstery options allow for a wide variety of looks. Deck chairs are stackable and can be linked together in rows, making them appropriate for waiting areas and conference rooms as well as private offices. Steelcase, 4300 44th Street SE, Kentwood, MI 49512. www.steelcase.com.
circle 332: A very comfortable recliner from Sabina Seating
Grahl Industries: Sabina seating encompasses stackable and non-stackable guest, pull-up, and caster-based chairs for corporate and residential settings. Sabina’s contemporary design features a single-piece wood shell in white maple molded plywood with a natural finish. The chair’s metal frame has a matte black finish; custom colors are also available. The caster model has swivel/tilt and automatic height-adjustment mechanisms. Grahl Industries, One Grahl Drive, Coldwater, MI 49036. www.grahl. com.
circle 333: flexing motion chair by Fixtures Furniture
Fixtures Furniture: A flexing motion built into the frame of FM Design’s Emotion stackable seating provides maximum comfort. With its scratch-resistant epoxy finishes and steel-gauge frame, Emotion is also very durable. It is offered in 11 frame finish colors and 12 color choices for the thermoplastic shell, which can be upholstered. Arms, flip-up tablets, and book racks are other options. Fixtures Furniture, 1642 Crystal Avenue, Kansas City, MO 64126. www.fixturesfurniture. com.
circle 334: thin-cast stainless steel chair by Don Chadwick
Forms + Surfaces: Designers Don Chadwick and David Ritch used aluminum, thin-cast stainless steel, and vibrantly colored polypropylene to create the lightweight and durable Bantam Chair. The chair’s ergonomic wraparound back forms an integral armrest. Stackable and multipurpose, the chair can be used indoors and out. Bantam comes in seven translucent colors, as well as custom colors, and the anodized aluminum frame has a satin finish. Forms + Surfaces, 6395 Cindy Lane, Carpinteria, CA 93013. www.forms-surfaces. com.
circle 335: leather and steel chair
DesignLink: Yang, designed by Gabriel Teixido, is manufactured by Grassoler of Spain. Constructed of leather and steel, the chair has a strong visual presence yet it is accommodating and comfortable. Yang is available in COM fabrics, but black, brown, blue, or cream leathers are particularly recommended. DesignLink, 25 Kingston Street, Boston. MA 02111. www.deslink. com.
circle 336: short scroll arm chair
George Smith: The short scroll arm chair (shown upholstered in hand-colored leather) has recently been updated. Details such as the boxed back cushion, tapered legs, and saddle-stitched leather give the chair a more contemporary look. Handmade in Northern England using traditional methods and materials, the chair measures 36 in. wide by 40 in. deep by 36 in. high. George Smith, 73 Spring Street, New York, NY 10012. www.georgesmith .com.
circle 337: side chair by Shelby Williams
Shelby Williams: The all-wood 2510 side chair is we
ll-suited for small and large eating areas, and especially for quick-service restaurants and cafeterias. The chair’s light weight allows for easy use by patrons, and the hand-hold makes for quicker up-ending on tables at cleanup time. The beechwood frames with veneer seats and backs are available in a range of standard and premium wood finishes. Shelby Williams, 150 Shelby Williams Drive, Morristown, TN 37813. www.shelbywilliams. com.
Seating and Recliner Reviews: From History to State-of-the-Art
M2L: Considered revolutionary when it was first conceived by Finnish designer Eero Aarnio in 1963, the Ball chair has been reintroduced almost 40 years later. The fiberglass chair is available in black, white, gray, and anthracite metallic with fabric or leather upholstery. M2L, 979 Third Avenue, New York, NY 10022.
Umbra: Designed by Karim Rashid, the Q Chaise folds out from a cube to a chair with ottoman, and then further to a chaise longue. Made of polyurethane foam covered in 100 percent polyester fabric, the chaise is available in black or charcoal. Its dimensions when folded are 27 in. sq. Umbra, 1705 Broadway, Buffalo, NY 14212. www.umbra.dot.com.
Walter Rossi: Minimalism meets whimsy in this New York furniture maker’s Soft Metal line of upholstered iron seating. The collection includes chairs, stools, and benches, such as the sculptural ladder-bench shown. A new raw iron finish reveals the natural blemishes in the material, which is shiny in some spots and darker in areas with greater oxidization. The bench has a polymer coating for durability. Walter Rossi, 1306 Union Street, Brooklyn, NY 11213. www.walterrossi.com.
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DePadova: Designed by Vico Magistretti, the Cirene chair is available with or without arm-rests and in a stackable or swivel recliner version. The fixed chair is stackable up to 10 chairs, while the swivel chair is on casters and can be height adjusted. The chassis comes in plywood paint finish (anthracite gray or cadmium yellow); white laminate with plywood border; and plywood with veneer in natural beech, wengestained oak, natural maple, and natural or aniline-stained cherry are offered. The legs or five-spoke base are made of glassy chrome-plated steel. DePadova, Corso Venezia 14, 20121 Milan, Italy.
Cappellini: The Superlight sofa is a compact, low-profile piece for contemporary settings. It has a metal frame covered with thin but very dense and supportive polyurethane foam. The feet are in stainless steel with gray nylon glides. Superlight, which measures 82 1/2 in. wide by 36 1/4 in. deep by 27 1/2 in. high (seat height 15 3/4 in.), can be upholstered in either leather or fabric. Available through Luminaire, 8950 Northwest 33rd Street, Miami, FL 33172. www.luminaire.com.
Stylex: The Zephyr chair, designed by Sava Cvek, combines the convenience of stacking with the comfort and durability of mesh. Zephyr’s open-weave mesh fabric moves with the user, and a line of padding along the front of the seat, the polished aluminum lumbar piece, and the top of the back provides further comfort. The mesh’s elastomer fibers make it durable for both sitting and stacking. Stylex, P.O. Box 5038, Delanco, NJ 08075. www.stylexseating.com.
Dauphin: Durable and lightweight, the Ecco stacking chair and cafe table are suitable for use in corporate, institutional, or hospitality settings, both indoors and out. The chair’s fiberglass-reinforced polypropylene shell is available in a range of colors, from soft to vibrant. The table is offered in stacking and non-stacking versions. Tabletops, which are 28 in. round or square, have a weather-resistant laminate surface over a phenolic resin core. Dauphin, 300 Myrtle Avenue, Boonton, NJ 07605. www.dauphin.com.
Paoli: Havana Lounge is a suite of recliner seating pieces for lobbies, offices, and conference areas. Designed by Bang Design of Australia, Havana is available in chair and settee models. Shown is the Club Chair, which measures 35 in. wide by 34 in. deep by 31 1/2 in. high. Paoli, 201 East Martin Street, Orleans, IN 47452. www.paoli.com.
Chairmasters: The 1950 Series, featured in the China Grill Restaurant at Las Vegas’ Mandalay Bay Hotel, includes a side chair, an arm chair, and a barstool. Available with an optional window opening in the back, the seating comes in a wide range of standard and custom finishes, as well as stock fabrics or COM. Chairmasters, 200 East 146th Street, Bronx, NY 10451. www.chairmasters.com.
Stephen Tomar Furniture: The Tango Tete-a-Tete was designed to be placed in front of a fireplace or in the middle of a room facing a view. It can be used as a chaise for one person or as a tete-a-tete for two, and it is available in three sizes: 72 by 33 in., 78 by 42 in., and 78 by 48 in. Included with the Tete-a-Tete are two 18-by-18-in. pillows (not shown). Stephen Tomar Furniture, 8900 Melrose Avenue, West Hollywood, CA 90069. www.stephentomarfurniture.com.
Nemschoff: The Oliver recliner series for health-care settings comes in a high-leg version and a wallsaver version. Both have three positions: an upright and two reclines. The wall-saver is operated with an easy-to-use release mechanism on the side. Nemschoff, 2218 Julson Court, Sheboygan, WI 53082. www.nemschoff.com.
Palazzetti: Made by Frigerio of Italy, the William sofa’s contemporary lines with squared back and sides has an ultra-modern upholstered look, but is actually slip-covered. The slip covers, which can be easily taken off and cleaned, come in a wide variety in fabric and covers. Palazzetti, 515 Madison Avenue, New York, NY 10022. www.palazzetti.com.
The headquarters story is a familiar one. Consolidating a spread-out staff that had grown to almost 300 at the project’s start, Quiksilver sought a quirky space with enough potential to engage an enthusiastic workforce scarcely older than its clientele. Bauer and Wiley, hired during site selection, zeroed in on a tilt-up warehouse in the preliminary planning phase. The architects’ early involvement enabled them to upgrade a standard structure with a mezzanine (expanding the area from 80,000 to 110,000 sq. ft.), skylights and windows, and to plan all lighting, office space, mechanical and data systems.
Quiksilver’s design staff, organized into teams corresponding to the firm’s fashion labels, would work in self-contained design studios. Salespeople would show the lines in showrooms that open to the public area. This latter zone, according to principals Annette Wiley and Jay Bauer, was to incorporate “a killer lobby” as well as provide space for seasonal fashion shows and employee interaction. Executives would occupy private offices on the mezzanine.
The beach was an obvious choice for visual cues, and the designers initiated their metaphor with a polished concrete “boardwalk” that bisects the building and serves as the focal area for public and staff interaction. They continued the analogy with a treatment reminiscent of quaint beach shacks. Along one side of the boardwalk, slatted birch forms a curved wall articulating interconnected showrooms; these, in turn, are adjacent to roll-out bleachers for fashion show seating with comfortable seating chairs. The sun-soaked wood allusion continues throughout the installation. On the opposite side of the boardwalk, solid birch panels clad a partition separating public and administrative zones with large table, and also enclose the stairway to the mezzanine. Upstairs, slatted birch creates the bridge to the upper-level reception area. Slatted birch and birch panels, along with concrete, are used in various combinations to form four towers, reminiscent of lifeguard stands, which enclose service/support functions and signal adjacent break areas where the young and the restless can play.
Beyond this public/semi-private expanse lies the work center proper. Here, design studios, or “pits” as they’re called in Quiksilver parlance, consist of work stations clustered around a meeting room. In response to a right budget, most stations are recycled Ethospace units customized with rusted metal files and birch panels. Offices concentrated in the interior have Lumasite walls and doors for light penetration.
The project was two years in design, ten months in construction. Collaborating with Bauer and Wiley’s partners were Ruth Hasell, project architect; Adrienne Cordrey, designer; and Sieglinde Pukke, technical architect.
Major Style: On a Minor Budget; Stylist Briar Stanley shows that with some savvy shopping, a few design tricks and simple DIY projects it’s possible to decorate three rooms for less than $4000 with Green Furniture. Don’t believe us? Here’s the proof
WITH JUST $4000 in the kitty and three empty rooms – living, dining and bedroom – to transform into stylish spaces, stylist Briar hit “budget” stores to source a range of large items of furniture first. “It’s all about the careful edit and selection of pieces,” Briar says. “Buy basics with the simplest form. Avoid fussy, over-designed items. This will make it easier to build the scheme of the room and to add accessories,” she says. Green furniture is selected for the challenge.
To achieve an expensive look on an inexpensive budget it’s wise to play it safe with the colour palette as sometimes bright colours on low-price items can look cheap, Briar advises. “And use a pared-down palette throughout your home – just two or three main colours. This will ensure the rooms work together, creating a natural flow to your living spaces. It can save you money on paint, too.”
To really save money Briar did lots of DIY projects, making regular trips to discount superstores like Bunnings and Spotlight. “Look outside the square with hardware items,” she says. “It’s amazing what you can transform with a little imagination and time.” A great way to add personality and creativity to your rooms. Now, flip over the page to see exactly what Briar did transform.
living room with a sofa and recliner chair TOTAL | $1639.54
Briar’s starting point for the room’s overall look was the sofa and recliner. she bought from Green Furniture for just $599. “The recliner is a block colour – a great dark charcoal shade that provides a solid and neutral base to work with,” she says. “Its shape and colour inspired the modern, eclectic look of the room.” Steering away from white walls, Briar added richness and a subtle contrast to the dark sofa with a soft sky-blue paint. Accessories that complement the sophisticated palette were then added through cushions, a striking rug, patterned throw, cool lamp, and simple white pieces such as the modern coffee table and side stool.
dining room TOTAL | $760.22
The dining room was a fun area to decorate as Briar incorporated lots of DIY projects, from using recycled cans as vases to creating a tablerunner from kraft paper. “Don’t be afraid to experiment with your DIY projects,” Briar says. “It’s not a huge money outlay, it just takes a bit of time.”
The steely shade of grey on the walls works well with the colour scheme of the living room and it also complements the white furniture basics in this space – affordable finds from Green Furniture. The neutral grey of the walls and frames allows for splashes of bright colour to be added through artwork – choose drawings, posters, photos and low-cost crafty items such as these cute pink and red heart doilies (see right) to add personality without breaking the budget. The overall look is modern and minimalist yet with plenty of character and style.
bedroom TOTAL | $1334.61
The major spend when decorating the bedroom is often the bedframe. Cut out this cost completely by going for a futon style with a mattress on the floor. Dress it up with beautiful bedlinen in complementary colours: think homemade bedcovers made from cuttings of fleece or felt, DIY cushions, and a striking bedhead, like our homemade fabric installation (see “Make”). Team with classic homewares and furniture, such as white lamps and bedside tables that won’t date and are easy to update. Vintage books can be used as decorative props, and for affordable artwork stick a favourite poster on the wall with Blu-Tack then add clips for a cool, casual look.
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Colour & Charm; Actress Jane Hall transforms her outdated weatherboard cottage into a bright and beautiful home
Hunting for a Home
When avid decorator Jane Hall went hunting for the home she now shares with her daughter, 7-yearold Lucia, she had a list of very specific requirements, but above all, it had to give Jane what she calls “that instinctive feeling that is so hard to describe when you know you have found something special”.
Found an unrenovated and country cottage-y house
After months of exhaustive searching, Jane’s real estate agent mentioned a house that was in the perfect location in Melbourne’s northern suburbs, but – clearly unaware of Jane’s eye for potential and decorating skills – “she thought I’d find it too unrenovated and country cottage-y,” Jane recalls. But the moment Jane walked through the door, she got that special feeling. “The sun was streaming in and it didn’t feel dingy or unhappy. The cottage had a sunny disposition,” she says.
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A hassle-free purchase followed and just three weeks later Jane took possession of the cottage. The floorboards were stripped and polished, the walls painted white, built-in bedroom wardrobes from Green Furniture installed and an office nook built with office chair, a front desk, and oversized recliners. Jane’s dad Peter built an external laundry from recycled materials salvaged from one of Jane’s sister’s homes. “I like things to be done properly, but I also like getting things done quickly,” Jane says.
With the house a blank canvas, Jane moved in and set about injecting the space with her own style, which is all about colour. She added her eclectic collection of furniture, home wares from Green Furniture and art in a kaleidoscope of bright reds, hot pinks, sunny yellows and greens. Twelve months since the renovation of her cottage began, Jane describes the transformation as “the completion of stage one”, and plans to spend another year or so thinking about stage two. “I’m deciding how big a renovation to undertake: whether it will be just to open the kitchen up to the lounge and dining room, or to build up with a second storey,” she says. “Lucia has certainly expressed a lot of interest in having ‘an upstairs’!” Stay tuned.
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Transform a family home to a contemporary style with Green Furniture
Homeowner Jenny Elliott thought she had “a simple plan to pop two bedrooms up into the roofline” of her home in Melbourne’s inner east. Two years later, that “simple” plan had become a major renovation that, in addition to those two bedrooms, created a striking new open-plan kitchen and lounge, a study, and a fabulous teenagers’ retreat.
Having bought the home five years earlier, Jenny, husband Mark and their teenage daughters Claudia and Lily were content enough with their home. “The house was functional, if a little dated, but Mark and I are from New Zealand and we really needed an extra bedroom to accommodate our visiting friends and family,” recalls Jenny. As it’s an Edwardian house with a steeply pitched roofline, it seemed that the simplest way to create more space was to go up.
A Plan for creating new living space from the two bedrooms
After recommendations from friends, the couple hired Michael Baker of Zenibaker Architects who presented them with two sets of plans – the first of which just added two bedrooms into the roofline, as per their brief. But it was the second set of plans that completely blew the couple away. “Michael made us realise that for a little more effort and expense, we could create a really beautiful, architecturally interesting home,” Jenny says. “By slightly reducing the size of the two bedrooms, we were able to create a teen retreat complete with a separate bathroom and living space. A set of chairs and computer table are planned to be used for entertaining. A double recliner is purchased for the couple to read books on weekend ”
The biggest challenge faced by Jenny and Mark was how to unite the original Edwardian front of the home with the contemporary extension. “We decided that, rather than try to hide the join, we would actually highlight it by creating an almost tunnel-like effect at the end of the hallway,” Jenny explains. Now, visitors are left in no doubt that they are entering a dramatically different space, as the floor is paved with black basalt tiles and the walls and ceilings are painted in a dramatic black (Porter’s Paints “Aniseed”).
A last-minute change to the open-plan kitchen, dining and lounge area was to swap the intended colours of the floor and the built-in cabinetry. Originally, the plan was to have white cupboards and dark stained floorboards, but as the room receives a constant stream of northern light, they felt something a little more dramatic could be achieved. Both schemes worked equally well with the large slab of Calcutta marble intended for the kitchen bench, so the switch was made. “It felt like a gutsy move to have a black kitchen, but we thought, ‘Well, any home can have a white kitchen – this room is big enough and light enough to carry it,’ ” Jenny says.
Eager to link the new back room with the yard, the couple installed an enormous wall of sliding glass that makes the garden appear like extension of the home (see above). Exterior cantilevered beams provide shade in summer while still letting in masses of winter sunlight. A new deck joins the house to the pool, around which evergreen ornamental pear trees provide a constant lush green border. Now the family are settled back into their home, Jenny looks back and smiles. “So much for simple plans!” she says. But in this home, they simply couldn’t be happier.