Aesthetically, we took cues from the family's collection of antiques and travel stories. Memories of Italy, big family kitchens, well-worn antiques, rough hewn tiles and rich colours and textures. Creating a warm palette of oaks, walnut, limestone, clay brick, rich greens, soft mint and caramels.
The kitchen served as a focal point to the ground floor, a large stove, wrapping walnut cabinets, open shelves filled with vintage curios and large serving platters, a hidden pantry, plastered in nonna’s red chequered wallpaper, and a kitchen centred around an antique display counter-cum-island. A bench notched into the cabinetry for little kids to climb on to watch as veggies are chopped, pasta is rolled and cakes are baked. Opposite the kitchen is the family dining table and built-in bar. In the summer the 9’ patio door opens and the dining room spills out onto the deck. Lambrusco is popped, friends gather and post-dinner espresso is brewed.