Collection by Caroline Wallis

A Secluded Courtyard and Minimalist Interiors Hide Within This Victorian Renovation

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This light-filled Melbourne home introduces an open floor plan and a serene, neutral palette throughout its interiors.

For Kathryn Robson and Susie Cohen—the Melbourne-based designer duo behind this Victorian remodel—elegance lies in well-executed handcrafted details. With this bespoke design philosophy, the two set out to transform their clients’ dark single fronted Victorian home into a light, open space comfortable year-round for the couple and their two small children. The challenge, predictably, was preserving the unique facade while both increasing the amount of natural light and adding modern amenities. After collaborating with the client to understand and meet their long term needs, Kathryn and Susie have completed a remodel that successfully bridges the old and the new. Details like reused doors, original skirting boards and bricks maintain the visual integrity of the original home while a sleek new kitchen and concrete backyard unfold behind the original facade.

As a nod to local history, the designers kept the home's original street-facing Victorian facade.
An Ingo Maurer Zettel’z 5 chandelier hangs in the entry hallway; sunlight from the home's expansive backyard is already...
The designers explain, “These steel windows played an integral part in making the interior feel larger and more open by...
Faced with size constraints in the kitchen area—the designers were unable to build above 10 feet on the West facing...
To stay within the budget, the designers decided to forgo natural stone in the bathrooms in lieu of simple vitrified...
“[W]e didn’t need a huge space for our clients to live in harmony, it just needed to be a well thought out space,” says...
The study has a fun, playful atmosphere thanks to a red Square Dining Chair from MAP, a Tempo wall clock by Naoto...
The backyard features a vertical garden, called the “picking wall” by the designers of Weller Landscapes, for its...
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