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A VICTORIAN HOME TRANSFORMATION

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Prahran Residence by Hecker Guthrie | Photography by Shannon McGrath

 

Australia based design firm Hecker Guthrie has recently returned a men’s retirement home to its former glory as a beautiful family home. The Victorian gem had suffered a variety of indignities over the years including the addition of false ceilings, wall to wall red carpeting, and a general dicing up of the original floor plan. Photography by Shannon McGrath.

 

Prahran Residence by Hecker Guthrie | Photography by Shannon McGrath

 

Prahran Residence by Hecker Guthrie | Photography by Shannon McGrath
THE ANTIDOTE…

to the structure’s design malaise was a cleaning up of a 1960s addition and stripping back of the main home. From there, the design team rebuilt and restored the original baltic pine floors, moldings, ceiling roses, and stained glass windows.

 

Prahran Residence by Hecker Guthrie | Photography by Shannon McGrath

 

Prahran Residence by Hecker Guthrie | Photography by Shannon McGrath
THE ATRIUM…

was re-designed as the heart of the home – with the new skylight, creating the feel of a modern day sunroom.

 

Prahran Residence by Hecker Guthrie | Photography by Shannon McGrath

 

Prahran Residence by Hecker Guthrie | Photography by Shanno
BEHIND CLOSED DOORS…

the bathrooms were designed with an added dose of whimsy and drama.

 

Prahran Residence by Hecker Guthrie | Photography by Shannon McGrath

 

Prahran Residence by Hecker Guthrie | Photography by Shannon McGrath
THE LIVING ROOM…

features traditional detailing set against simple contemporary furnishings.

 

Prahran Residence by Hecker Guthrie | Photography by Shannon McGrath

 

Prahran Residence by Hecker Guthrie | Photography by Shannon McGrath
A COHESIVE…

color scheme was used throughout to ensure a seamless flow from space to space. In contrast, differences in period detailing were emphazised – celebrating victorian flourishes in the main home and a more contemporary simplicity in the 60’s addition.

 

Prahran Residence by Hecker Guthrie | Photography by Shannon McGrath

 

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There are 5 comments on this post
  1. June 20, 2016

    I am in love with the color of the living area in this piece…any idea what it might be?

    • dpages
      June 20, 2016

      Hi Leslie! I’m not sure but you may be able to source it directly from the designers at Hecker Guthrie. Thank you for reading!

  2. June 20, 2016

    I’ve always been a fan of “one man’s trash is another man’s treasure.” Sometimes it’s easy to just house hunt for the latest and greatest. But now, in a world where anything is possible, mixing old with new is definitely the way to go. I love everything about this article. DPages, Keep giving me life!!!

    • dpages
      June 20, 2016

      So glad you liked it Fernando and thank you for reading!

  3. Hanna
    March 16, 2017

    I’m in love with bathroom brick tiles! Do you know where are they from?

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