A traditional Federation home takes on a classic and contemporary makeover

Often it’s the finishing touches that take a house to the next level. Today’s home tour showcases a traditional Federation home, given a simple yet beautiful makeover.

Interior Designer Gabrielle Reinhardt from Berkeley Interiors proves that small touches to just a few rooms can completely transform a house… and make it a home.

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Taking us to the west coast of Australia, this 4 bedroom home lies in the coastal suburb of Swanbourne, Perth.

“This beautiful property is home to a blended family of 5. A couple and 21 year old triplets,” explains Gabrielle.

“It’s a Federation home, traditional to this area. It is split across 3 levels, featuring 4 bedrooms, a study and 3 bathrooms.

“It also has a beautiful outdoor area that overlooks an expansive garden and pool.”

Berkley Interiors_Swanbourne_dining room featuring ceiling

For this project, Gabrielle focussed on cosmetic updates in the living and dining areas.

“The couple bought the house over 10 years ago. While it had been renovated, the decor was a French Provincial style which was looking a bit dated.

“I’d previously worked on the interiors for their Melbourne apartment. They were so happy with it and wanted to create a similar feel in their traditional Federation home in Perth,” she says.

“I was engaged to makeover the living and dining rooms.”

Shop the look: Federation meets classic contemporary

Print rug
Print rug
Agate decor piece
Agate decor piece
Jade velvet cushion
Jade velvet cushion
Wooden tray
Wooden tray
Blue tumbler
Blue tumbler
Quilted cushion
Quilted cushion
Candle holder
Candle holder
Canvas artwork
Canvas artwork
Fabric dining chair
Fabric dining chair
Sideboard
Sideboard
Table lamp
Table lamp
Granite side table
Granite side table
Round mirror
Round mirror
Pendant light
Pendant light
Marble coffee table
Marble coffee table
Grey sofa
Grey sofa
White vase
White vase
Coral accessory
Coral accessory
True Grace White Tea candle
True Grace White Tea candle
Berkley Interiors_Swanbourne_fireplace

Already in-tune with her clients preferred style, Gabrielle was able to create their ideal sanctuary using art as her inspiration.

“I love working with my clients on more than one project,” smiles Gabrielle.

“For the living and dining rooms, I already knew their aesthetic. My clients prefer a traditional yet contemporary style and a minimalist interior.

“They collect art and these pieces were selected from a local gallery in Perth. They had already purchased the artwork in the dining area which helped to set the tone of the rooms.

The artwork gives it that ‘wow factor’, and brings colour into the space.

“I love the living room with the fireplace and bay windows. I think the artworks, combined with the simplicity of the light linen curtains and sofas creates a calm, relaxing space.”

Berkley Interiors_Swanbourne_living room
Berkley Interiors_Swanbourne_couch and windows

Using different textures and softer fabrics proves traditional homes don’t always need traditional styling.

“The previous curtains were billowing silk taffeta and the sofas were very structured which created quite a formal look and feel,” explains Gabrielle.

“We decided to introduce simple, contemporary-style linen curtains and added a relaxed linen sofa by Jardan. Combined with the marble coffee table, it helps creates a much more relaxed feel. Perfect for a family with young adults or teenagers.

“Sometimes people think if they live in a heritage home, they need to decorate it in a traditional way. I like to show that mixing traditional architecture with classic contemporary furniture, furnishings and art can be done.

“Done right, it can create a truly beautiful, cohesive space.”

Berkley Interiors_Swanbourne_dining room

With art being the centrepiece and inspiration behind this makeover, we asked for Gabrielle’s top tips when investing in art.

“When selecting art, it first depends on your budget. If you would like to invest in it, I suggest looking at your local galleries and researching their list of artists. See what particular art, or artists, resonate with you.

“It’s also a good idea to read about the artist to gain and understanding of their background. Once you’ve decided on the styles you like, contact the gallery to ask to view a few pieces.

“Pop your name down on gallery mailing lists, too. That way you can go along to opening nights for new exhibitions or be notified when new works come in.

“There are lots of lovely local galleries around. Or for online, I love Otomys. They represent a range of artists from Australia and overseas.”

To see more of Berkeley Interiors projects, visit their website or check out Instagram. We just loved taking a look around this traditional Federation home, did you? Tell us in the comment section below.

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Credits
Interior design and decorating — Gabrielle Reinhardt, Berkeley Interiors
Photography — Claire McFerran, Gathering Light
Stylist — Angela Lyon, Greypeg Interiors

Berkley Interiors_Swanbourne_kitchen bench
Living room styling
Berkley Interiors_Swanbourne_coffee table and couch
Berkley Interiors_Swanbourne_living room artwork
Berkley Interiors_Swanbourne_lounge room with lamp
Berkley Interiors_Swanbourne_kithcne
Berkley Interiors_Swanbourne_kitchen bench details

Shop the look: Federation meets classic contemporary

Print rug
Print rug
Agate decor piece
Agate decor piece
Jade velvet cushion
Jade velvet cushion
Wooden tray
Wooden tray
Blue tumbler
Blue tumbler
Quilted cushion
Quilted cushion
Candle holder
Candle holder
Canvas artwork
Canvas artwork
Fabric dining chair
Fabric dining chair
Sideboard
Sideboard
Table lamp
Table lamp
Granite side table
Granite side table
Round mirror
Round mirror
Pendant light
Pendant light
Marble coffee table
Marble coffee table
Grey sofa
Grey sofa
White vase
White vase
Coral accessory
Coral accessory
True Grace White Tea candle
True Grace White Tea candle

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