One of my latest projects, the home of my lovely clients Emily Wright and Rob Dabal made it to the cover of the winter issue of Sanctuary Magazine.  Check out the online link here...

If ever there was a homely home to make you feel comfortable, cosy and happy, it might just be this one
— Sanctuary Magazine
We love the functionality of the kitchen; the space works easily with both us in there
— Home owner Emily Wright
The light, the sense of scale and proportion are great
— Emily Wright

If ever there was a homely home to make you feel comfortable, cosy and happy, it might just be this one in the Melbourne suburb of Northcote. The renovated house, home to designer Emily Wright of accessories label Nancybird and her partner and ecologist Robert, marries an impeccable and eclectic interior aesthetic with a keen sense of environmental stewardship.

Emily and Robert commissioned architect Olivia van Dijk to redesign the weatherboard house, giving the façade a fresh coat of paint but focusing on bringing much more warmth and light into the south-facing living and kitchen areas.

Together they decided on a single-storey extension incorporating living, kitchen and dining areas, as well as a new bathroom and laundry. It was Olivia’s job to design it to be highly functional, light-filled and based on passive solar design principles. Emily and Rob wanted an addition that didn’t mimic the original cottage but complemented it in materials, scale and presence.

“The extension needed to open up to the south to build a strong connection between the new living space and the garden, so one of the challenges was to bring northern light into the home in an interesting way,” explains Olivia. Her design opens the living room to the north through a courtyard and angled roofline with clerestory windows. “I’m really happy with how the project has worked out … it feels spacious and open but still has a lovely sense of intimacy, warmth and craftsmanship,” she says.

Excerpt from Sanctuary Magazine, Winter 2014