The original kidney-shaped pool has been cleverly married into the new landscape design.
The super-slick kitchen with its’ enviable island bench.
The proportions of the original front room make a cosy formal living area.
When this clever couple bought their Mt Claremont property in 2008, they promptly set about renovating with gusto. With plenty of practice behind them, and a swag of clever ideas, they transformed the tired old post war bungalow, into a smart family pad.
Both extremely creative, and somewhat results driven…both Emily and Tony worked closely with their builder to ensure a high level of finish and well-designed detail.
Tony Salom is the creative force behind OMG Events, which he set up in 2005, and it is now Perth’s leading event management company. ‘OMG Events’ specialise in lighting and audio visual, and they recently put together the production for a couple of ’Gourmet Escape’ events in Margaret River (check out the images here…). There is no doubt that Tony’s success is due to his meticulous attention to detail, which is also apparent in the renovation….we couldn’t help but notice the odd flash of strip lighting and the spot-lit feature trees!!
The facade of the home was maintained in keeping with the street scape, however, step through the front door and it is a total transformation. Only 2 of the original rooms remain, the rest has made way for a large open plan family area with a swanky white kitchen…no ‘verge collection notices’ stuck to the fridge here! The roof pitch changes dramatically, adding height and an abundance of light to the lounge area and dining. There are clever nooks everywhere you snoop, a compact study extends from the kitchen area, and tucked behind it is fabulously spacious laundry…only something busy mums would swoon over…sad!
Emily’s ‘must-have’…good shoe storage. The handsome en-suite with neutral tones and a touch of timber. Tony’s ‘must-have’ …perfect storage for an impressive watch collection.
The fabulous ‘Fat-Fat’ storage/coffee tables by B&B Italia. Organic timber plates and Reindeer by Canary Home.
The extra wide passage leading to the kids wing, a perfect gallery for colourful artworks.
Down the southern boundary and tucked behind the carport, is the newly built kids wing. This is Will and Phoebes domain, with two very cool bedrooms, a main bathroom and an incredibly large rumpus room opening out to the backyard. Emily was quick to point out, that this too, can easily be transformed into an adults party room…note the strip lightly (a la 80′s disco). That is the great feature of this house…it’s adaptability (if that’s even a word??) It’s a perfect family home, with designated areas for everybody and every thing, yet, without too much fuss it can change tact and be something more sophisticated… the perfect place to host an event. The interior is predominately monochromatic with controlled bursts of colour, all helping to create a relaxed atmosphere, that draws your eye out to the expansive back yard. The original kidney-shaped pool remains from the previous late 80′s renovation, one of our favourite things from that era! The Salom’s have cleverly incorporated the pool into the landscape design, with contrasting sharp edged retaining walls and sculptural planters.
Will’s black & white themed bedroom- keeps it looking tidy and perfectly ordered…clever!
View to the expansive backyard from the main living area.
For now Emily, Tony , Will and Phoebe are happy in their practical and super stylish home…but we get the feeling there could be more projects on the distant horizon. In the meantime that rumpus room is screaming out for a super-sized disco ball and a light-up dance floor- surely Tony’s got that one covered!
Today we bring you the home of Suzanne and Kirk Bellerby, along with their busy family….Jackson, Portland, Elizabeth, Grace and the dog Nellie. We are pretty excited about this one, it’s like one big beautiful inspiration board…full of colour, quirky ideas, texture and character.
The facade of Suzanne and Kirk’s Shenton Park cottage maintains the street scape, by cleverly concealing the 2 storey extension to the rear.
Suzanne smuggled 15 rolls of ‘Woodlands’ wallpaper in her luggage on the way back from the UK to create this stunning two-storey feature wall.
The classic yellow lounge chairs are a great find from ‘Freedom’.
A collection of glass display domes from ‘Canary Home’. Grace shows off her peddle power down the generous hallway. More fabulous wallpaper in the powder room.
Kirk bought the little weather board cottage in Shenton Park 5 years ago and promptly rented it out. At the time Suzanne was living with her 3 kids in a Mt Claremont townhouse, so when the two of them met, and became one big happy family, is was obvious they would need more space and so a renovation project was on the cards!!
Luckily, Suzanne and Kirk work well as a team, feeding off each other with similar ideas and a passion for good design. They are also pretty handy when it comes to home design and building…Kirk heads up the Residential division of Bellcourt Property Group, and Suzanne has her own successful styling business called ‘Une Petit Pomme’ (0438198134). After spending years in real estate, advising clients on how to style and set up their homes for sale, is was a natural progression for Suzanne to following her passion for design and styling. Her home has certainly become a showcase for that immense talent.
The couple worked closely with their builder, Norm Sims (based in Como), to co-ordinate some of the trades, giving them greater control over the finish and detail …something that is very important to Suzanne. The back end of the house was demolished, leaving the front four rooms, which were carefully restored to retain their period features. A new kitchen, living, dining, laundry and bathroom were added on the ground floor and a further two bedrooms upstairs. The whole family has had a part in this incredible transformation. Kirk overseeing the structural plans, Suzanne sourcing all fixtures, fittings and stunning wallpapers, and the children landed the best job of all…the somewhat laborious job of cleaning all the bricks that were pulled up from the original front path, and reused in the beautifully featured rear boundary wall…impressive!
The most handsome kitchen I have come across! Beautiful refined industrial features and contrasting black cabinetry.
Yes! more stunning wallpaper in the luxurious ensuite bathroom. Suzanne loves this chair, ‘…it’s not wasted in the bathroom, this is where many of our family discussions take place…over teeth brushing, showering, hair brushing…’ makes sense!!
The first thing that strikes you when you enter the house…that is if you weren’t already surprised by the lime green front door!!…is the the light. It is bouncing off every surface, and illuminating what you would expect to be a typically dark cottage interior. Suzanne’s biggest hurdle, and wisest choice, were the floorboards. The original dark Jarrah boards were promptly removed and replaced with stunning lime-washed, 200mm Tasmanian Oak boards. Although not easy to source, and there were hiccups along the way..included a 4 month delay…it was well worth the effort. The oak boards are definitely the most outstanding feature in the home, apart from Nellie the black lab! Suzanne also replicated the timber panelling from the original front room, and added it to the front hallway, creating interest and a sense of importance. There is something unmistakably English about this house, with it’s high ceilings and delicate balustrade. Yet it also introduces elements from far and wide, oriental treasures sit comfortably alongside vintage telephones and quirky signs, antiques nudge up against ikea classics and funky wooden trikes. It tells a story of this family and their passed adventures and travels.
Although from the UK, Suzanne has lived in Hong Kong, Singapore and New York and, as any stylist would, she has brought back many treasures and curios from her travels to display in perfect compositions. Although the house is predominately monochromatic with it’s white walls, black wallpapers and cabinetry, there are also plenty of strategically placed pops of colour. Red boots at the front door, yellow chairs in the living room, colourful prayer flags in the nursery, oriental red stools beside the pool, lime green front door….even a red washing machine and dryer!
Suzanne and Kirk have created a fun, relaxed and welcoming home for their kids to enjoy, whether its the teenage friends coming to hang out by the pool or a 2 year birthday party…it all works. I just really want her fabulous kitchen with that industrial light fitting and black island bench, and let’s not forget Suzanne favourite place…the pantry, big enough to hide in for a quite undisturbed glass of wine!
An elegant bureau from England paired with a black ‘ghost’ chair. Grace helps decorate. Beautiful bathroom features. A framed ‘order of service’ gift bag from their wedding day.
Grace’s bedroom with colour details. ‘Smile’ and ‘Laugh’ from Canary Home.
Even the dog nellie is co-ordinated with the monochromatic theme. Industrial table and replica ‘Wishbone’ chairs from Empire.
Quirky collections of vintage pieces and butterfly species. Brilliant red oriental stools stand beside the sparkling pool. The outdoor terrace with old wood stove …a favourite spot for breakfast.
Today something for the boys…
If the man in your life needs a little pampering, or a little sprucing, then send him down to see the crew at NV Men in Fremantle. This is an experience in itself, a step back in time when male vanity was acceptable, under the guise of necessity. A ‘cut-throat shave’ was not something you attempted at home over the sink….it’s from a time before disposable razors or…God forbid…electric razors!!
This salon is just so damn handsome! Leather, timber, salve, waistcoats, sharp hats and steaming towels…not to mention the thick Euro accents of the very talented staff! Sorry ladies, it’s just for the men!
‘Tools of the trade’…a few pieces from Trish’s collection of original Barber Shop tools.
Facade of 33 Market Street, Fremantle. The heritage building originally housed a tobacconist with barber out the back, and storage for the theatre next door.
The very talented… Cedric.
This beautiful old shop at 33 Market Street, Fremantle is the longest trading Barber Shop in Australia, and it’s about to celebrate 100 years of trade. Since 1913 there have only been a few owners, from a tobacconist, barber, Lotto/barber and NV Men today.
When you step through the doors, you are instantly immersed in the culture of the original barber shop experience. This is due, in part, to the incredible restoration that Trish, the owner of NV Men, has undertaken. Her attention to detail is faultless, uncovering it’s old charm and exposing many of the original features, her work recently acknowledged with the ‘Fremantle Heritage Award’ in 2008. Cheery wood interior fittings and original mirrors adorn the walls, a beautiful display cabinet stands proudly at the front and marble benchtops run the length of the shop. Trish had the original leather salon chairs sent out from Europe and restored to perfect working order. Hints of the passed are dotted all around the shop, antique padlocks, vintage foaming brushes and pots, old blades and ivory combs…all of it adding to the fabulous character of this barber shop.
The highly trained staff of Lasse, Bridgette, and Cedric. Original till found in the back room, and an old telephone still in working order.
Original Barber Shop chairs brought out from Europe and restored to perfect working order.
Trish set out to create a tradition barber shop experience, specifically for young stylish men, offering a very high standard of service. She sort out talented hairdressers from Europe, through ‘Intercoiffure’ (International body of independent hairdressers), and with them they have brought many accolades and awards. Bridgette was World Champion Classic men’s Cut 2012, Lasse was 3rd Best World Champion in Classic Cut 2012, and Cedric was trained by Tony & Guy in Belgium and worked throughout Europe and Australia.
Her team of hairdressers bring both style and personality to the fore with their cool waistcoats, bow ties, and hats….love this look! We watched breathlessly, as Bridgette manoeuvred the ‘cut-throat’ blade skilfully and effortlessly around a (very relaxed) gentleman’s face….obviously one of the many regulars!! With more than 900 repeat clientele, it is clear this is not as daunting as many would have you believe. But it’s not just all about the shave…. NV Men have an extensive list of services from hair cut/styling to mens waxing and hot stone massage.
Looks like we have birthdays and Christmas covered for a while!
Classic ‘Cut-throat’ shave…if you dare?!
For more info visit www.nvmen.com.au or give them a call to book one of their exclusive services on – 08) 9336 7171.