A Childhood Home Refreshed For The Next Generation

When Melanie Beynon  and her team were brought in to update this once-tired brick house in Toorak, it was clear they would have to tread carefully to create a sensitive modern update for their client’s childhood home.

The first port of call was opening the closed floorplan, ensuring natural light would penetrate through the home, and to allow a sense of connectedness between communal spaces. Working within the original footprint, Melanie completely overhauled the layout to create an open-plan space. A dining and living areas surround a central kitchen at the heart of the home, flanked by stately glazing to capitalise on the garden outlook.

A fine balance was struck between rejuvenating the dwelling for a new generation, and retaining the memory-filled character of the original home. The key lay in the material expression. 

‘The discovery of the original Tasmanian Oak flooring inspired the continuity in key timber elements throughout

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A Visit to Mitchelton Estate + Gallery Of Aboriginal Art, With Ford Puma

I know I’m not the only Melbournian who has been seriously itching to leave my 5km bubble ever since the ‘ring of steel’ lifted ! Luckily – I was able to take full advantage of  this new-found freedom recently, with a drive out to Mitchelton Estate in the all-new Ford Puma!

It was a breezy drive out to Mitchelton in the Ford Puma – it’s a stylish and sporty compact SUV, but seems somehow bigger on the inside that it is on the outside. It also comes with all sorts of nifty features, like the FordPass Connect remote unlock feature (unlock your car from a distance via your phone!), and Apple CarPlay, which allows you to access music and other apps from your smart phone using the screen on the dashboard, and – my favourite, a hands-free powered tailgate to open the boot with your foot – SO handy!

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