The owners of this home had begun the process of transforming their interiors with Lloyd Hodgkinson, Principle Designer from Oliver Mark Interiors, while he was still working with renowned Brisbane-based interior design firm John Croft Design. “I have been working on this project for the past four years, and we’ve slowly worked through the house section by section,” says Lloyd of the lengthy process. “It began with the master bedroom suite, then onto the living, dining, and entry, and most recently the guest house.”
The master bedroom, which looks out over the surrounding rainforest and onto the city of Cairns and the Great Barrier Reef beyond, was completely designed by Oliver Mark Interiors, including all of the floor plans and layouts, bulkhead detailing, cabinetry design, robe design, cabinetry finishes, tile selection and the floor and wall finishes. Lloyd says that this room, in particular, dictated a sense of quiet and refined elegance, starting with the soft aqua-marine coloured wallpaper which was selected by Oliver Mark Interiors. “Being such a soft, clean colour, the rest of the scheme flowed on from here through the use of neutral colours. The style, while modern, still has touches of classical detailing which prevent it from being too boring.”
The combined living, dining and entrance are the first rooms you see as you enter the house, and here the designer has had a bit more fun with the colours and style of furniture, starting with the fabric for the main sofa – a beautiful petrol-blue cut-velvet. The style of furniture has also been kept more casual, with Lloyd choosing rounded organic shapes.
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The guesthouse has the rainforest at its back door – a natural inspiration for Oliver Mark Interiors. “Here, I wanted it to feel surrounded by the rainforest,” says Lloyd. “The style of furniture has a very relaxed vibe with lots of rattan, mid-coloured timbers and slight rustic finishes to some of the furniture. I mixed in some modern pieces as well, including the marble-top Tulip dining table, to prevent it from becoming all too predictable.” In the guesthouse bedroom fabrics from Anna Spiro Textiles and wallpaper in a beautiful botanical-inspired print from Sanderson, featuring verdant green maidenhair ferns, are perfectly offset by the all-white bedding and sisal rug.
This luxurious home, with interiors designed by Oliver Mark Interiors, is clearly inspired by its lush tropical surrounds, with a defining style is incredibly tailored, elegant, and comfortably chic.
Photography: John Downs