Historical Gem in Queenscliff in North Sydneyjustinplace
Our talented customer has a great appreciation for design and a keen eye for the smallest detail. That passion was a force behind this beautiful historical house which is a combination of something old and something new.
All the tiles, tapware, and fittings were purchased from Just In Place to compliment her renovation vision.
The owner of the house, Pia was happy to share a bit of the history behind the gorgeous house. The house has the longest history in Queenscliff being the first house built in 1856 and it is listed as a local heritage property.
The Statement of Significance highlights that this house is listed because it is:
“A rare example of a Victorian Italianate residence which has much original fabric. One of the oldest structures in the area. Historically it provides evidence of earliest settlement of the area”.
The overall style can be described as Balinese style with a bohemian vibe. Balinese interior designs are all about handcrafted wood pieces, historical elements, luscious greenery, rain shower, and a mix of natural tones with a splash of brighter colors. We can find it all in here.
We love when renovations are done by taking advantage of the original structure of the house. How amazing is this stone wall in one of the bathrooms? This bathroom used to be a terrace once upon a time and now a piece of outdoors is incorporated into the design to create a ‘close to nature feel. We absolutely love it.
The first thing that we notice is some key pieces in the bathrooms.
For example, wood-crafted vanities, which you can tell by looking at them that they have a story to tell. These are anything but simple in design and everything else in the bathroom is chosen around it so that they can shine.
The walls and floors have natural shades of greys in big scale tiles on which your eye rests and lets you take in the calmness of the place. Big light tiles also make an illusion of a bigger airy space.
Another key element in the bathroom is of course the natural stone-free standing bathtub. It looks heavy, majestic, and is a symbiosis with other natural elements like the same color stone basin, wood-crafted vanity, and live green plants. Everything has its own place.
Chosen tapware is matte black, which is a modern addition to ‘something old’. The wall spout, minimal mixer, and shower set including rain shower head have a sleek minimal design that goes perfectly with the chosen color palette for the rest of the bathroom.
A bit of bright color is added with narrow/small rugs that have an abstract print. It’s enough color without being overwhelming.
Overall we think Pia did a fantastic job by taking advantage of the history and mixing it with modern-looking tap ware. Sometimes all you need is right there in front of you and you just need to add a bit of imagination and the result is a stunning bathroom sanctuary.