Interior designer Brendan Wong has more than 20 years of experience in the art of creating stunning designs and luxury interiors. We chose for you the perfect project by this top interior designer to inspire you. This Victorian Residence With a Modern Design is a design project were neutral colours thrive and the green emerald details give life to the entire ambience.
Built around 1891, the handsome exterior features were essentially intact: fine cast-iron lacework to verandahs, intricate eaves supports, central arched entrance, and a tower that would once have led to a widow’s walk. The owners’ brief to the top interior designer was to maintain the grandeur of the house but to create something that suited their growing family of five.
“They wanted modern design with warmth, but not too uptight,” says Brendan. “The intention was to create a strong first impression. Then, they wanted the finer details, new textures and finishes to be revealed gradually, rather than be completely obvious.”
“The intention was to create a strong first impression. Then, they wanted the finer details, new textures and finishes to be revealed gradually, rather than be completely obvious.”
Boca do Lobo’s Diamond Emerald Sideboard in the wide entrance hallway does just that. Chosen by the designer and owners together, it’s sculptural, faceted shape defies convention, and the mirror-like reflective finish against the black Japan floorboards, original cedar staircase and traditional semi-circular archway is a bold surprise and sets the tone for the connecting rooms. There is a wonderful dialogue between the old and new, traditional and contemporary throughout.
Silk rugs in the sitting and dining room are a classic element, while velvet upholstery and a shagreen coffee table provide a modern design touch. Custom-made contemporary mirrors over the original mantelpieces are intentionally edgy and, like a piece of art, they lift and lighten the mood.
Upstairs, a sizable master bedroom has a quiet relaxing outlook over trees. It is furnished for comfort with a modern design. The graduated drapery complemented by wallpaper with microdots creates a stippled effect.
The focus of the room is an overscaled headboard designed by Brendan as articulated panels wrapped in ochre-coloured leather. A chaise, also custom-designed by Brendan, provides the perfect spot for the owners to sit and enjoy the wonderful light that floods the room.
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