March Twice Interiors, lead by Lori Murray is responsible for turning a small and dated Neutral Bay cottage and transforming it into an elegant home. 

“The house is a Federation cottage, so our brief was to modernise it for the family of five”. Stated Lori. ”But, also retain as many original details as possible. To use colour and pattern in select areas, and provide the full scope of services. Joinery design, floorplans, selection of all fittings and finishes such as stone, tiles, flooring and tapware, provide colour selections, window coverings, and lighting”. 

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A dark and moody aesthetic permeates the house as you wander from room to room. However, at the same time, there’s a feeling of light and space. The new kitchen which sits within the new extension features pieces that don’t feel out of place in a federation property.  

Continuing into the living space, the marble and navy detailing is continued. Harmonising the open space. And as explained by Lori, this sophisticated palette can be found in the powder room too. “We love the dark and moody powder room. With its rich navy walls and statement lights, and how the sunny open plan kitchen and living areas are. They work so well together. Being able to restore and keep some of the beautiful ceiling and timberwork details in the original part of the house is also a highlight.” 

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The original part of the house mirrors the same sophisticated touch, with a difference. In contrast to the bold colours used in the extension. This area is somewhat paired back in celebration of the stunning federation detailing. 

The master bedroom is soft and feminine, with only hints of colour coming through. The walls, painted in a light grey up to the picture rail, drawing the eye upwards. 

“We frequently work on federation homes here at March Twice Interiors. We love retaining their character while helping the home to become fully functional and aesthetically pleasing.” 

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Photographer: Ryan Linnegar

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