Clients Akshee and Dhruv Shah wanted a home that reflected their history, heritage, and future together. They were both born in Kenya and grew up there. Their heritage and ancestry is Indian.
Connecting this home to their travels across the globe especially through South East Asia, Africa & India, and our love for African wildlife was vital. They wanted to emulate an era that was elegant and genteel, yet relaxing, relevant and comfortable.
The Wembley Downs home was a tired early 90s renovators delight with terracotta floors, yellow bathrooms and a bright blue kitchen. Fast forward and the home was transformed from a tired investment property into a Colonial Hamptons forever dream home.
Opening the house up to more light expanded the space and lightened the air.
Contrasts of white and black, while layering with elements of navy blue, gave the home a warm and friendly vibe. The home was finished with dark heritage oak style floors with light mouldings and wainscoting along the walls, marble features, ash wood and polished gold furnishings to captivate the ambience.
The marble island top with hanging pendants created an intimacy around the kitchen bench top. Styling features such as indoor plants, artefacts and wildlife prints were the key components to bringing the overall theme to the home together.
Photographer: Claire McFerran - Gathering Light
Interior Designer: Kelly Donougher
Project Management: Akshee and Dhruv Shah