In a full internal revisit of an existing two-storey 1980s home, previous renovations devoid of character were removed to expose simple bones, forming a sound foundation for a new overlay of tone and function better suited to a current way of life and the home’s inhabitants. In combination with extensively featured wall treatments and carefully selected key artworks, the resulting Sorrento House is a satisfying blend of natural hues and the relaxed luxe typifying a new coastal lifestyle.
Reflective of those naturally found in such coastal locations, organic and porous elements are used extensively throughout the home, integrated into primal joinery elements and wall treatments connecting zones. This is further enhanced by the kitchen island – the bold pairing of a soft and mottled natural limestone top with a heavily and distinctly veined travertine base. The island provides both visual interest and a functional seating area to appreciate the newly exposed coastal vista and servery to the balcony.
A range hood shroud and polished-brass joinery ends sit effortlessly alongside the stone, celebrating and appreciating imperfect character traits inherent in natural materials. Allowing seamless integration of new storage, existing kitchen joinery is re-used and re-finished with a subtle timber texture forming a newly recessive element. The repetition of exposed original raking ceiling beams creates a rhythm, floating over the newly extended full height joinery to tie together kitchen and dining spaces while also connecting to the adjacent living area.
In combination with extensively featured wall treatments and carefully selected key artworks, the resulting Sorrento House is a satisfying blend of natural hues and the relaxed luxe typifying a new coastal lifestyle.
Maintaining the original fireplace locations to both levels allowed a new layer of finely crafted detail, redefining the typical fireplace mantles and surrounds in stone and polished plaster. Joinery flows from each with distinct personality and function at both levels of the residence, providing sinuous continuity of materiality. Each defines subtly removed living areas enveloped in softly draped open weave linen curtains, creating inviting and calm retreats with the ideal amount of seclusion from surrounding rooms. Sparse yet considered lighting within these spaces highlights the craft of individual fittings alongside the textured ceiling treatment original to the home.
Soft-toned polished plaster used throughout Sorrento House echoes hues found in the surrounding landscape and works in combination with textured raffia wallpaper to subtly reference the coastal locale. Wheat-toned woven wicker screens utilise the exceptional skill of local craftspeople and form the bridge knitting together environs between levels. Further repeated in the form of doors and designed to partially screen hall and study from adjacent zones, the open weave maintains connection with the residence and landscape as a whole.