These architecturally-designed, heritage-listed apartments are popular with young couples and singles alike; but while the Woolstores have a uniform façade, each has its own unique personality within.
The owners of this Woolstore apartment wanted an elegant yet contemporary take on global, eclectic style that would reflect their personalities and be an ideal space for entertaining and relaxing. By enlisting the help of Darren James Interiors, the dated apartment that was lacking in storage was given a complete internal overhaul.
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Importantly, the redesign needed to integrate with the building’s unique heritage features and retain an industrial feel.
Key additions to the home include a sit-down makeup area in the bathroom, a new study that comfortably accommodates working from home, a dry bar for entertaining, and ducted air-conditioning throughout. Extra storage was created by utilising wall space and reworking the layout of each room.
The kitchen was given a mini makeover by incorporating timber veneer to make the space more contemporary. Throughout the apartment new carpet was laid and walls were freshly painted or decorated in designer wallpaper. A colour scheme comprising warm hues of brown and gold was teamed with black and charcoal staples to complement existing furnishings and evoke a warm and inviting feel. Soft furnishings were carefully selected to add texture and drama.Redesigning apartments can be tricky as there is often limited space to work with. It is especially challenging if the owners are downsizing from a multi-bedroom house, as was the case with these owners. Elissa Greer from Darren James Interiors shares her thoughts on how best to do this,“You need to streamline by making decisions about what should stay and what should go. I recommend paring down so you are surrounded with only your favourite and most treasured possessions. It’s equally important to visualise how a space can function more effectively – as every room and bit of storage becomes vital.”