Client: Claudia Grimberg, Elwood, Victoria, Australia.
Interior decorating and project management: Clair Wayman
Location: Blairgowrie holiday house, Victoria, Australia
Photographer: Colin Doswell
'Claudia Grimberg got in touch to ask me to help her renovate and decorate her holiday house in Blairgowrie on the Mornington Peninsula. She was open to my ideas and really happy to let me try bold wallpaper and flooring.
The 1980's house has some beautiful retro features, such as the sloping timber ceiling beams, but the bathroom, kitchen, laundry and powder room were in dire need of an update.
I designed crisp white and green schemes, using a bold emerald rubber flooring as the main feature in three of the rooms. Retro canary yellow metal pendant lights add an additional punch of colour.
The builder gutted the tiny bathroom and we even moved a doorway because it made more sense with the new layout. Next the plumbing was done and a new shower + toilet installed.
Floor to ceiling classic white subway tiles in the bathroom create a stream-lined feel. A sleek wall mounted cabinet with integrated sink, keeps precious floor space free in this tiny room. I chose a simple round wall mirror to break up the straight lines.
Simultaneously we took the laundry back to it's bare bones and I designed simple white cabinets, with spaces for a washing machine + tumble dryer. Round white penny tiles in the laundry add subtle texture and make a change from the subway tiles in the other rooms.
I took a risk and chose a bold navy and white patterned Vivienne Westwood wallpaper for the powder room, which compliments the green rubber flooring.
As this reno was done on a budget I chose a cost-effective, simple white Freedom kitchen with an affordable laminate work surface and a white subway tile splash back. To create the wow factor I chose two large, domed, emerald green Kartell pedant lights - one hanging in the kitchen and the other in the dining space, over the classic Eames dining table and chairs. Emerald green metal Tolix bar stools complete the look and pop against the crisp white kitchen. The thread of green that runs throughout the house creates a sense of continuity.
I completed this reno in the lead up to the Aussie summer holidays and Christmas. I worked with a team of talented tradesmen, including tilers, cabinet fitters, plumbers, painters, flooring experts, electricians and builders. I enjoyed project managing this job and stayed on site, from the day the kitchen was demolished, and throughout the most intense work period.
My client, Claudia's reaction to the reno was priceless. As she leads a busy life in Melbourne she hadn't been involved in process, but trusted me to organise everything. When the new spaces were revealed to her, she burst in to tears - she was so happy!'