Preston Interiors by Emily, Interior Designer Destination Living

This stunning family home in Melbourne’s north is a contemporary clean-line example of good design both inside and out. The Architect, who I worked with closely, gave me a lovely canvas on which to create a beautiful home. My clients and their three teenage children came to us really wanting a family home that was functional, practical, and easy to maintain, and yet still have the hallmarks of an architecturally designed home. They wanted us to create a warm environment where they could spend time together as a family, and also have their friends over for parties and BBQ’s.


Entering the house is inviting and warmth was created using wide-board timber flooring in rich mid brown tones, it is hard wearing enough to withstand a busy family’s long term wear and tear. The stairwell sees the timber wrapping up to the first floor, and then the upstairs space opens up to a place of entertainment and also relaxation for guests and the children. Each child’s room has a custom-made built-in desk and seat complete with storage. This offers each child a private space to study and withdraw to. I really thought this was important, as I remember my own youth and needing a quiet sanctuary to retreat to away from my noisy and often annoying sisters!

Preston Staircase

Downstairs the Master Bedroom, Ensuite and Walk-In-Robe offer a luxurious sanctuary hidden away from the rest of the home. My client is a busy working mum who spends incredibly long hours at work, and as such I appreciated that she really needed to relax when she got home at night. I decided to use some rich dark timber, mirrors and carefully detailed joinery in the Walk-In-Robe that would help her to experience a little of the luxury of a Manhattan penthouse. In the Master Ensuite I tried to continue this theme by using silver feature tiles, rich creamy floor and wall tiles and black accent vanity basins. This ensuite exudes a mature sophistication. The addition of a bath and body jets in the generous shower, make this a relaxing haven at the end of a hard day.

The open plan kitchen, living and dining room areas are inviting light filled spaces just perfect for family gatherings. The spatial planning of these areas was really designed so that these spaces could be the social core of the home, and the kitchen the heart of the home. My clients are definitely close-knit, and as such I really wanted to make sure that they had a place they could all spend time together, and in a welcoming environment.

Preston Dinning Area

The kitchen was specially designed to face out on to the living and dining areas to allow for maximum interaction between all spaces. Here I used a light and neutral palette as I was trying to keep the kitchen fresh, modern and bright. I decided to use materials such as Cesarstone and vinyl wrap for ease of cleaning and longevity.

Preston Kitchen

The living area faces in on a fireplace. I decided to make this a feature in the room by using a silver specialty paint on the wall around the fireplace. My reason behind this is that particularly at night, the light from the fireplace would bring the wall to life and create a subtle sparkle (without being over the top!) I also used a black stone hearth, and a dark timber custom made joinery unit spanning the length of the wall. I selected darker materials here to make the silver wall really pop.

Preston Living Area

The dining room is another area where I custom designed joinery especially for the client and their needs. As the clients are keen wine purveyors, a built in timber wine display was designed to showcase their special drops. I really worked together with the man of the house on this, and I ended up incorporating his idea of concealed lights in some shelves to highlight the bottles of Grange he collected.

Preston's Modern Wine Rack

The Architect designed the home in a way so that the kitchen and living space seamlessly open out on to a timber entertaining deck complete with a seating area that surrounds a fire pit, an outdoor kitchen and built-in BBQ. This area is perfect for entertaining when their extended family or large circles of friends drop by.

Preston's Outdoor Fire Pit

The beautiful blue waters of the pool will keep this family fabulously fit. The man of the house in particularly, is a real fitness person, often spending hours a day bike riding, on the treadmill and now in the pool! Keeping fit will be even easier with a home gym (complete with own bathroom) located inside the outdoor cabana. With views of the pool and landscaped gardens, this is a great space to inspire exercise for all of the other family members. I kept the colour palette and materials the same in this space, to maintain a link with the home.

Preston's Swimming Pool and Cabana

This tailor designed home has successfully combined stunning architecture with stylish and timeless interiors. Together the Architect and I have created a family home that is warm, welcoming and also incredibly beautiful inside and out.