Queenslander Comfort – Maryborough

This grand Craftsman, built in 1901, was beautifully maintained by the same family until its sale in 1985. Though the house remained structurally sound, the interiors were in great need of updating. To restore the home properly while respecting its grand origins, the new homeowners enlisted John Croft to create a “semi-formal and elegant, but at the same time, lively and welcoming” space. A true Craftsman home pays great attention to the details and pays respect to skilled handmade pieces and masterful craftsmanship. John Croft was thrilled to be given the challenging task of preserving and honouring this beauty while making it “lively and welcoming” per the client’s brief. To lighten the living room, John chose light wallpaper that complimented the wood panelling as well as a beautiful stylised floral fabric to cover a classic sofa and from there specified complimentary vibrant colours for the built-in window seat and plaid for the elegant side chair seat cushions. In the dining room, John specified subtle beige balloon shades that are classic in form yet with their puffy scallops add to the cheerful charm that the clients hoped for. And again, the Victorian style dining set respects the skilled mastery of the Craftsman period while the vibrant plaid fabric on the seats bring in a sunny and lively element to the room.

Uplifting what can often be a stuffy classic design is not a simple undertaking.  It takes a creative genius and expert like John Croft who knows the rules of design and its different styles intimately to confidently break free from the rules while paying homage to the original design. For your renovation project call our offices- one of our knowledgeable and talented team members will cheerfully guide you through the challenging process of preserving the historic beauty while elegantly updating it to modern living needs and functionality.

To read more about this beautiful project please click the link to the pdf.

See this article as published in Queensland Homes Volume 13, No 58, 1998

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