Find out more about Shaynna's amazing makeover of the Doncaster house in Deadline Design.
Cathy and Alex’s house was like stepping back into the 90s; a perfectly preserved palette of peach, beige and apricot, with fru-fru curtains and vertical blinds. The melting kitchen cupboards and dreadful décor meant Cathy was embarrassed to invite others into her home. For many years she had been asking Alex to renovate but after numerous promises and no action, the lack of work had become a standing joke.
Cathy and Alex love to entertain and with a family reunion looming they decided it was time to turn their peach palace, into a slick modern entertainers pad.
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The back living areas:
The main focus for the work was the 3 living areas at the back of the house - the kitchen, rumpus and dining room. The rooms were disjointed and the layout didn’t work for modern family living, so Shaynna rearranged the space. The old kitchen became a new family lounge and a new kitchen was installed into the old rumpus room. To open up the space, the team removed 2 small walls at the entrance to the rumpus, creating one big L shaped open plan living area.
Alex and Cathy’s other big wish was create a feeling of indoor/outdoor living. Moving the kitchen into the position of the old rumpus allowed better flow to the new outdoor entertaining area, with a set of stacker doors.
Specifics – The kitchen:
Cathy and Alex wanted clean modern lines for their new kitchen. Shaynna designed a single wall of sleek white units, with streamlined finger pulls. At the centre was a large island bench that housed a sink, tons of storage and provided a place for guests to sit and talk. The simple lines of the kitchen were contrasted with 3 key features – the bench tops, the tiles and a stunning feature light. The bench top was a subtle marble look engineered stone that contrasted with a basket weave design tiled splash back. The crowning glory was an ultra modern dramatic rectangular light, which appeared to hover above the island bench.
The dining room:
The kitchen cabinets extended the length of the back wall to the dining room, where they morphed into a floating buffet. To punctuate the change of function between spaces, the finish of cabinets changed colour from white to warm grey. The buffet provided serving space for family functions and also much needed storage. Above the buffet was a new feature window, which framed a vista to the garden beyond. The other main feature in the room was two pieces of oversized photographic artwork. One had been inverted as a point of difference and the rich purple design formed a ripple pattern across the wall. At the centre of the room sat an 8-seater dining table, creating the perfect space for family dinners and entertaining.
Shaynna turned the old kitchen into a new family lounge. The half height bay windows were replaced with full sized panes to link with the entertaining area beyond. To add a sense of intimacy and warmth, the walls had been painted a warm pinky/purple called Wild Plum. Light coloured low profile couches allowed the room to remain open and users to engage with other people in the dining and kitchen.
The outdoor entertaining area:
Cathy and Alex always loved the idea of indoor/outdoor living, so they stretched their budget to build a state of the art pergola. The roof was part solid and part louvres which could be opened and closed to allow light in and keep the weather out. A large outdoor kitchen and furniture made it the perfect party space.
The other works…
In addition to the living areas downstairs, Cathy and Alex asked Shaynna to redesign the master bedroom, daughter Adriana’s room, the hallway and front entrance.
The front entrance:
The front façade was dominated by 2 oversized “Gracelands” style pillars that stretched the full height of the house. The team boxed them in and clad the new square columns with stylish hardwood. All the windows in the house were replaced with chunky black aluminium frames, while a smart modern feature light and hardwood door created an impressive front entrance.
The old hallway was dominated by tones of peach and apricot. Shaynna replaced the dated curved staircase with a modern angular alternative, complete with glass balustrades and a timber handrail. The double height wall was adorned with geometric charcoal wallpaper with a glittery finish. A stunning trio of 3 circular modern feature lights provided a dramatic backdrop and stylistically linked the hallway with the lighting in the kitchen.
The master bedroom
Cathy and Alex’s master bedroom was a generous size, but had little character. Shaynna set out to create a room with the feeling of a 5 star hotel. She achieved this with silky textured wallpaper, reflective mirrored furniture, sumptuous navy bedding and a full wall of soft sheer drapes.
Cathy had always wanted more storage, so Shaynna reworked the floor plan to move the wall between the en-suite and walk in robe. The smaller en-suite was still large enough to house an oversize shower, toilet and double vanity. 3 walls were clad with textured white tiles, to echo the design of the kitchen splash back, while the remaining wall was clad in matt charcoal tiles. A dark timber look vanity and large mirrored shaving cabinet completed the modern hotel bathroom look.
Stealing a meter from the bathroom had enabled Shaynna to make a large walk in robe come dressing room. Bespoke fitted cabinets ran either side of the robe, giving ample storage for both Cathy and Alex.
Shaynna asked Yas to come up with a design to give Adriana her own walk in robe. This was easily achieved by putting up a stud partition wall, to expand the bedroom into the landing. The robe fit out was based on a high-end boutique with open shelving, hanging and shoe racks to provide extra storage. In the bedroom itself, Yas created a makeup station with a bespoke table hand painted with a gold grid pattern. The palette was very simple with white walls, grey detail and touches of black, to link with the black band on the feature pendant light, which Yas hung above the bedside table.
The rest of the bedroom was simple in design. A mirrored chest of drawers gave a feeling of glamour, while a textured bed head, cushions and bedding provided contrast to the hard shiny surfaces.