A Streamlined Addition Serves a Family of Four in Australia – Dwell

Living Room, Wood Burning Fireplace, Concrete Floor, Sofa, Ottomans, Recessed Lighting, Standard Layout Fireplace, and Pendant Lighting A modest polished concrete slab floor with hydronic in-slab heating anchors the new, open-concept living spaces.

Although they recently purchased a camper and are looking forward to future empty-nester road trips, Gretta says she never wants to move. She’s happy sharing the house with Jeremy as well as daughters Sherry Rain and Kalen and Kalen’s son, Danny. Eldest daughter Amber also visits often. With its family-friendly primitive decor and just-right design elements, Gretta says, This place is definitely our own little piece ofheaven.

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Gretta hung boards of all sizes, butting them up against a high window and arranging them neatly around a honey-hued wood beam.

Kitchen, Dishwasher, Range Hood, Wall Oven, White Cabinet, Undermount Sink, Wood Cabinet, Refrigerator, Track Lighting, Concrete Floor, Marble Counter, Microwave, Cooktops, Marble Backsplashe, and Recessed Lighting Oak and concrete meet a substantial marble countertop and backsplash in the kitchen.

Beaming with Pride: Elsewhere in the home, wood beams and ledges make perfect perches for favorite folk art and other tiny treasures.The wall between the kitchen and the living room, for instance, is topped with a ledge that allows a lineup of colorful birdhouses to be viewed from both rooms.

Kitchen, Concrete Floor, Refrigerator, Marble Counter, Wall Oven, Microwave, and Wood Cabinet A bank of pantry cabinets are clad in the "Ravenswood" panels to disguise sleek, black appliances.

Lovely Ladders: Use wood ladders to draw the eye upward, Gretta advises, and to highlight other artful and antique accessories. In the kitchen, for instance, a tapered tobacco-stick ladder propped atop a corner cabinet hosts bold-hued quilts.

Kitchen, Marble Backsplashe, Refrigerator, Microwave, Concrete Floor, Wood Cabinet, Wall Oven, and Marble Counter A detailed shot inside the pantry shows how it corrals counter clutter and hides small appliances.

Game boards are another obsession, Gretta admits. Old and new, I like them all,’’she says. They really fill up large walls without looking cluttered. Here, they bring life and style to a wall that spans the family room and dining area.

Bath Room, Vessel Sink, Drop In Tub, One Piece Toilet, and Marble Counter In a bathroom, charcoal walls echo the darker finish of the prefabricated panels elsewhere, and a skylight makes the small space feel bigger.

Above: Colorful Shaker boxes and salt-glazed jugs placed on the landing and the stairs to the second floor provide style to an often overlooked space, Gretta says. The 18th-century doll cradle in front of the red cabinet is a favorite of both Gretta and Hemi the cat, who likes to lay in it to Gretta’s chagrin.

Bath Room, One Piece Toilet, Drop In Tub, Vessel Sink, and Marble Counter Oak cabinetry topped with marble continues the kitchen's themes in a bathroom.

Outdoor, Grass, Small Pools, Tubs, Shower, Side Yard, Back Yard, Walkways, and Trees The architects suggested fitting in a new pool in the yard, much to the delight of the owners' children.


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