Rural Brisbane Queenslander
Di Henshall was called in by the owner of this Brisbane Queenslander (circa 1889) to restore it to its former glory. Originally a bank in northern New South Wales, the house was relocated to rural Brisbane and although it had been renovated previously, the work carried out wasn’t in keeping with the era of the building.
“Also, it was extremely under furnished and some rooms were underutilised,” says Di. Using a rich colour palette and sumptuous furnishings, every room was transformed.
In the impressive formal living room, Di chose a pair of custom made poppy coloured deep buttoned velour ottomans, sitting on a vivid Persian rug, as a focal point. Full length voluptuous curtains with ornate French holdbacks frame the many substantial double hung windows and a handmade fifteen light Venetian chandeliers is the correct scale and proportion for the size of the room. The living room is large enough to absorb the selection of stripes, florals and patterned fabrics used on the sofas and armchairs.
To create a sense of intimacy in the formal dining room, the walls were painted in a deep plum; off white is used on the tall skirting boards and the walls around the fireplace to offset an ornately framed custom made mirror.
The bed head and bed base of the custom made French sleigh bed in the master bedroom are upholstered in contrasting patterned fabrics with floral patterned scatter cushions, also used on the chairs in the sitting area.
Verandas wrap completely around the house and with the spectacular views, the outdoor wicker furnishings were selected for comfort and style.
The design of this interior leaves nothing undone and was successfully carried out to meet the meticulous requirements of the owner.