Bright House

This comfortable three-bedroom family home was built in the late 1960s in an intimate court in the leafy bayside suburb of Brighton. The house sits on a somewhat irregular block, presenting some unusual shapes and angles to navigate.

Our rework­ing of the floor plan aimed to cre­ate more open-flow­ing spaces, a fur­ther injec­tion of nat­ur­al light and increased con­nec­tion with the gar­den. The new design presents a more inte­grat­ed spa­tial arrange­ment, rather than a series of sep­a­rate rooms. As an inte­ri­or styl­ist in her ear­ly work­ing life, our client embraced the notion of sub­tle touch­es of colour as a con­trast to an over­all neu­tral canvas.

Brighton, Boon Wur­rung Land

Site Area


Internal Area


External Area






The lay­er­ing of old and new pieces – orig­i­nal art­work and prints, design­er fur­ni­ture, beloved home­wares and fam­i­ly heir­looms – gives full expres­sion to her per­son­al­i­ty and style.

In the casu­al dining/​study area, white-paint­ed tim­ber lin­ing boards con­nect with her­ring­bone-pat­terned geo­met­ric floor tiling. In con­trast, Amer­i­can oak veneer seat­ing, stor­age and shelv­ing house the family’s eclec­tic col­lec­tion of house­hold pieces. Casu­al­ly styl­ish Jar­dan din­ing fur­ni­ture paired with mut­ed pas­tel cush­ions and a favourite set of prints form a com­fort­able retreat space.

The kitchen was widened to accom­mo­date the family’s love of enter­tain­ing, to bet­ter con­nect with the din­ing area and cre­ate a nat­ur­al hub where food prepa­ra­tion and con­ver­sa­tion hap­pi­ly coex­ist. Pret­ti­ly-pat­terned indi­vid­u­al­ly-arranged wall tiles were cho­sen to match a few prized home­wares. Tim­ber and glass shelv­ing frames the gar­den view and accom­mo­dates pots and planters with­out com­pro­mis­ing work­ing space.

The bath­room fea­tures softy-tex­tured embossed wall tiles with con­trast­ing blue grout­ing adding sub­tle indi­vid­u­al­i­ty and detail­ing. A sump­tu­ous sculpt­ed bath stands proud on gen­er­ous off-white floor tiling. The seam­less tran­si­tion between cook­ing, din­ing and liv­ing areas empha­sis­es the ease­ful style of the new space. 

The fin­ished result brings togeth­er all the ele­ments that cre­ate a wel­com­ing, per­son­al and plea­sur­able liv­ing expe­ri­ence. A total makeover on a mod­est budget.


Pho­tog­ra­phy: Emi­ly Weav­ing
Con­trac­tor: JPT Homes