Fresh Fields: Interior Styling in Forge Creek

The home of Narelle Harris, situated on almost 4 acres of magnificent parkland in Forge Creek, is a large, well appointed family space.  Although it generally worked well for her family, Narelle felt it needed an injection of light and colour; and to be updated and decorated in a way which better reflected her own sense of style.  Focusing on the open plan living space encompassing the kitchen and dining areas, she asked me to help create a space which was functional, flexible and fresh with lots of light, for the whole family to enjoy. 

BEFORE: Dark kitchen/dining area before work commenced.

BEFORE: Dark kitchen/dining area before work commenced.

AFTER: Light and bright kitchen reflective of Narelle's personal style for her to enjoy with family and friends.

Design Brief: Contemporary design, with Scandinavian undertones using pastel colours on neutral materials, and a big injection of light.


To set the design process in motion, I selected the artwork 'Swoop' from Urban Road, which determined the colour palette and tone for the entire project. We then expanded upon this, selecting the key furniture and decor style to utilise. 

Beautiful handmade subway tiles add organic lines to balance the hard edges.

We got to work with the redesign and renovation of the kitchen area, which was completed by Calabro Joinery Works, Bairnsdale.  Now completed, it features a new deeper waterfall style stone bench top which was placed over the existing cupboard carcass; new white cupboard and drawer fronts, stunning handmade subway tiles, and 3 new pendant lights sourced from Megals.

A new dining setting (below left), which uses both a bench seat and dining chairs is a feature of the new more family friendly dining space.  Matching stools in mint provide also seating at the kitchen bench.

LEFT: Table featuring both a bench seat and Replica Tolix Chairs with timber seats.  RIGHT: Bespoke art by JamJam Art.

Jamie of JamJam Art (Geelong VIC) created this stunning 1 metre diameter artwork for Narelle (above right), based on the mood board and design brief. It can be seen from the front entrance and provides a real wow factor when entering the home.

FOR SALE: Since commencing this project, Narelle has decided to put the home on the market for sale.  You can visit the real estate listing for more information about how you can make this beautiful space your own!

Best wishes to Narelle and her family, and a big thank you for inviting me to lead the transformation!

Styling Workshop June 2015:

If you're interested in learning how to understand colour and tone, and want to create your very own mood board for your home,  I am running a workshop 'Secrets to Planning a Successful Room - Interior Styling Workshop' at the beautifully redesigned Bairnsdale Library on 6th June 2015.  It is going to be informative and fun, so click the link for all the details!

See all the images from the photo shoot here.