• Pat Browne

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Updated: Feb 4, 2021

The new homeowners turned their townhouse into a peaceful modern retreat, with a seamless flow between indoors and out.

Finding the right new home after downsizing from a sprawling bungalow took some time. The new homeowners needed space; their two adult children were finishing university and living at home for at least a couple more years. They were looking for a mid-century modern vibe in the heart of the city. “We had been looking at this neighbourhood for a while. We loved the location and could see the bones of the houses would lend themselves to our aesthetic. We had bid on one home but had not been successful. We felt really lucky when this house came on the market.”


“We both have a background in graphic design and advertising, so we knew exactly what vision we wanted for our new home – understated contemporary elegance.”

As a graduate of industrial design, the homeowner created all the plans for the house and all the original artwork in it. When planning the renovation, budget was a consideration. This meant a high-low plan – the kitchen and bathrooms were updated with fittings from IKEA, while furnishings came from Up Country, West Elm & Calligaris. Light Fixtures came from a selection of fine stores such as Mille Lucce, Union Lighting & AM Studio.

A unifying palette with consistent finishes allowed a flow throughout the house. All bathrooms were updated with a similar look and feel throughout. Both the living room and family room use light colours and white walls to add to the feeling of space and flow.

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