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Well Born in Melbourne

A Fresh Look from Studio Four | Thou Swell https://thouswell.com/

Studio Four, another young multidisciplinary design studio has wowed with their minimalist magic. They chose a Victorian on Albert Street in Melbourne to make their home, but strayed from traditional design and created a space that’s simple and serene, but with a hint of acknowledgment for the old bones of the house.

A Fresh Look from Studio Four | Thou Swell https://thouswell.com/

Wide open spaces and the use of glass leave space for indoors and outdoors to meld together in a continuance of the kitchen and dining rooms’ entertaining function into the courtyard.

A Fresh Look from Studio Four | Thou Swell https://thouswell.com/

I absolutely love the floor-to-ceiling built-in bookshelves in this room, which create a strong contrast between the living and dining room. Because there’s no door, the books create a visual barrier and add a lot of visual interest to the wall.

A Fresh Look from Studio Four | Thou Swell https://thouswell.com/

The armchair features cream-colored cushions, which keep the simple living room furniture from being too stark.

A Fresh Look from Studio Four | Thou Swell https://thouswell.com/

In this hallway is where the designers at Studio Four paid homage to the house’s traditional bones. The all-white woodwork makes a graceful transition from the clean lines of the living room to the ornate layers of the wood trim, all while keeping in the same simple palette as the rest of the house.

A Fresh Look from Studio Four | Thou Swell https://thouswell.com/

(via Est Magazine, photography by Shannon McGrath)

The bedroom feels very Scandinavian, even a bit utilitarian with the exposed metal in the light fixture, but creams in the carpet, chaise, and wood side tables steer the bedroom towards a more welcoming palette.

I usually don’t share such minimal interiors, but this house was so well balanced, and has some great details that I thought made a deserving interiors entry. Have a great week, friends!

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