This country home is the epitome of understated elegance

It took time to design this lovely home, but it was time wisely spent.

When this couple decided to build their dream abode in their country hometown, they chose Suzie Beirne of Maison Jardin to be their project guru. Suzie brought her significant expertise to the interior design concepts and finishes, working with Reece Keil for architectural assistance in developing the exterior elevations.

country home living room

Inside the home, the background palette tones feature soft and smokey taupe, khaki with sesame and accent hits of black, white or charcoal, adding just a tiny hint of sharp citrus for balance. The main floors throughout most of the house are in a fabulous limed and waxed French Oak parquet, with glazed tiles reflecting the Calacutta stone used in the formal living room. Art has been kept simple but striking in black and white. Accessories are subtle but lovingly collected, mixed with a few new finds.

An underlying atmosphere of serenity pervades the house, with one lovely area flowing to another. The central feature is a two-way fireplace that creates an inviting barrier between the formal living and dining rooms. The family room, with its lush modular sofa, is designed to embrace either the fireplace, sink back and enjoy the television or simply relax and enjoy the garden. The adjoining kitchen, however, is pure luxury – the back-lit “gunsmoke” Onyx raised bar front, custom-made club chairs and that stunning hand-crafted pendant light from Gia Collectione make it a spectacular space in which to cook and entertain.

country home fireplace

The master bedroom features a stunning French Oak bed head wall – finished in a larger scale, more intricate pattern to complement the flooring – while the fabulous ensuite is quite “Hollywood”, with a dressing table and polished marble bench tops as well as an adjacent and well equipped his and hers dressing room.

Making full use of their elevated block with its views of sweeping fields and distant mountains, the courtyard style garden has been treated in much the same way as the interior. With expansive stacking glass walls that glide back to visually link four or five separate areas, entertaining has become a breeze – the barbecue was built to work more like an outdoor kitchen, with sunken ice troughs set into the textured steel bench top to cool salads and seafood (or Champagne) and an expansive soaring roof.

country home outside seating area

Part of the brief was for Suzie to enhance the transition from old, or treasured, to new.