Trends New Zealand Volume 33 No 4 - Page 43

Not all home renovations require major structural changes. For some houses, a keen eye and a lighter design touch can be just as impactful. Such was the case with the sensitive rejuvenation of this single-level Georgian-inspired house undertaken by designer James Doole of Chelsea Group. “This 1880s-built residence was rather tired and dark when we discovered it, but the bones of the home – the elegant room layouts, high ceilings, and refined archi- tectural detailing were all perfect,” says Doole. “Even a refit of the informal living spaces by the previous owner had been in keeping with the home’s interior. “However, we really wanted this refit to celebrate and accentuate the character of the home and this is evident right from your arrival. Taking inspiration from the ornate driveway approaches I saw on sim- ilar-style homes in Beverly Hills recently, we expanded an existing trellis to be a more over-arching arrival feature.” You arrive at the house near the terrace and pool area and then drive on around to the large porte cochere on the other side. Previous pages: The thoughtful renovation of this large Georgian home by Chelsea Group accentuates its good bones and refined detailing. Facing page: Grand approach – restored and newly panelled walls, a refurbished oak floor and custom lighting pendants all add to the rich appeal of the entry hall. Above: The home’s run of informal family rooms culminates in a new marble splashback and island countertop introduced by designer James Doole. search | save | share at