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with the home’s ornate wall panelling.” However, in the formal dining area, Doole had to make a decision regarding the wealth of existing dark oak panelling. “The woodworking was beautiful, but entire walls in a dark wood created a somewhat gloomy atmosphere,” he says. “By keeping the wall panels and painting everything white we were able to lighten this key space without losing its magnifi- cent historic presence.” Naturally with a house nearly 140 years old, the bathrooms received a major makeover. In the main family bathroom, marble-look, low-upkeep tile finishes and a classic freestanding tub were chosen to be in keeping with the rest of the home. Colour and lighting were a big part of the refit, too – especially given the scale of the five-bedroom, four-bathroom home. “We painted the home’s exterior and interior in quiet tones to bring a modern, light-filled touch without compromising the great detailing,” says Doole. “Custom lights and chandeliers at strategic points help build on the sense of a rich history.” Facing page: The combination of a high ceiling, tiled walls, gold elements and a chandelier create a lavish atmosphere in this bathroom. The touch of contemporary functionality is seen in the glass shower partition. Doole chose brass fittings throughout as he felt they were in keeping with the home’s style and that they would age gracefully. Above: Pale wall tones seen everywhere – including in this master bedroom – work well with the newly revealed and restored dark oak floors. The bedroom enjoys direct access to the sheltered terrace area and re-invented pool just beyond. search | save | share at