Carlton is a neighborhood in Melbourne that is renowned as Little Italy and this Victorian-era house with a reworked interior perfectly epitomizes this along with a dose of modernity. The house has a traditional street façade with Italianate-style terrace that has been kept intact by Biasol even as the interior feels refined and sophisticated. What you see as you step inside is a distinct shift towards modern minimalism as white takes over the entire setting. Black window frames and accents help anchor this space even as a lovely, well-lit atrium adds greenery to the setting with ease.
The open plan living area contains a kitchen and dining area with marble countertops and brass pendant fixtures adding brightness and ample textural contrast. A few of the old Victorian elements have been preserved and integrated to the newer motifs while the bedrooms sit on the top level and provide complete privacy. You can see a black and white color palette in every room of Casa Atrio and framed black and white photographs along with stoic windows frames further enhance this background.
Custom furniture in each room makes the house even more special as smartly placed windows and sliding glass doors bring in necessary natural light. Transition between spaces feels natural as a chic Parisian style makes a bold statement inside an Aussie residence with Italian heritage. Talk about a house that blends styles cultures and blurs mundane boundaries with ease! [Photography: Derek Swalwell]