Special Feature: Dalry House – Global Artisan Amongst The Bush
Dalry House caught our eye for its curious mix of design styles that reflect a unique story and history.
Alaine Jones, the owner, is a designer who’s lived in exotic locations, travelled extensively and collected various artifacts along the way. Jones has a rare talent for blending eclectic looks and cultures that tell a harmonious, original tale.
Now overseas Jones speaks to design-estate about the careful process and curation that was involved. Then takes us through the finer details and possibilities living at Dalry House. It’s a mesmerising read that captures the home’s strengths and lifestyle opportunities.
“For this project, I was looking for something very particular, a home that had history, a sense of time and space where I could not only restore its original beauty but also draw from my different influences and by blending the best of them to create something truly unique”.
What attracted you originally to buy the Dalry House?
The beautiful local stone was the first thing that attracted me to the house, that, and its magnificent elevated location, with spectacular, unobstructed views all the way to the Indian Ocean. Sitting on 3-acres of gently sloping land, with many mature trees, secluded and yet connected to a lovely village, the potential was clearly there to create something, unlike anything I had done before.
The house had been in the same family for 50 years and needed extensive work inside and out, but after just a few minutes viewing, I knew that it was perfect. Some houses have an aura – it’s hard to explain or put a finger on but this house had buckets of it, and it felt perfect for the special home that we wanted to create.
Talk us through the highlights of a day at home?
A day begins with a morning walk through the garden to check out which fruits and vegetables are ready to eat. The garden was created from a blank canvas in a classic French Mediterranean style, and I wanted to ensure that there were a wide variety of plants and flowers in bloom through every season. The garden is blessed with many substantial mature trees, creating ample shade from the sun and the new design was incorporated around those trees.
At this time of year, we harvest the olive grove. It takes a couple of days to collect all the olives, but the taste and smell of the freshly pressed organic olive oil make it all worthwhile. We usually make a weekend of it, stopping for long lazy lunches with a few glasses of wine under the vines and finish the day with a game of tennis – it’s great fun for family and friends alike.
The pool area is, of course, the most used space in the summer, the pool house bifold doors open up completely to allow easy access to the pool and garden area, and because there is a fully equipped kitchen in the pool house, entertaining is a breeze. I have been pleasantly surprised at just how much this space is used in the winter time when the doors are closed, and a few logs are on the fire; it is a magically cozy spot to curl up with a drink, play board games and chat with friends.
For the kids, it is a year-round retreat for pizza parties and a place to have their own space to chill out with friends. Inside and out is wired with a sophisticated music system which means adults and kids alike can enjoy their choice of music in their own space, anywhere throughout the house and surrounds. Teenagers love the theatre room and pool table, and this area spills out onto a large fire pit with built-in stone seating – ideal for toasting marshmallows and stargazing. The lower level also incorporates a large stone walled and floored walk-in wine cellar which keeps my husband happy.
One of the best decisions made during the renovation was to enclose part of the veranda connected to the kitchen, creating a light and airy sunroom with beautiful views of the gardens. This is a favourite spot for long lazy family brunches no matter what the weather is like.
Sitting high on a three-acre plot there are amazing views over the airport, the city and to the ocean beyond and this constantly changing landscape is woven into the everyday fabric of the home. Building the master suite up into the old attic of the house gave us the chance to stage the bedroom around a massive panoramic window and at night as you watch the constant twinkle of the city lights, it’s impossible not to smile – it is a view you can never tire of.
As owner and interior designer working with architect Chris Taylor what were the essential elements you wanted to create and feature in this significant extension and upgrade?
Chris and I have collaborated on several projects in Australia and overseas and we always work well together. The house had a wonderful sense of old world grandeur, with its high ceilings, long corridor, and beautifully proportioned rooms. It was important to me as a designer to respect its heritage; my job was to modernise it enough to allow our busy family to live comfortably while retaining and emphasising its beautiful inherent character and charm.
I had collected many interesting pieces on my travels over the years (from Asia, the Middle East, Africa and Europe) and wanted to incorporate them into the body of the renovation. There were several different possibilities for the handcrafted mosaic, this beautiful classical glass carpet that I had kept in storage for ten years, just waiting for the perfect opportunity, now forms a natural link between the old and new sections of the house and shimmers like water when sunlight strikes it from the skylight above.
We worked with some highly skilled tradesmen to retain, restore and enhance as many period features as possible, including sash windows, French doors, high skirting boards, decorative archways and cornicing. The high standard of finish we required meant that the project took several years to complete.
For me, a house needs to perform on several levels. First and foremost it must be functional and practical, otherwise, beautiful or not it just becomes frustrating to live in.
In addition to this it must be a place that feels comfortable and safe and at the same time offers multiple interesting ways to entertain family and friends in a wide variety of settings. It needs to be a space that the people who live there can connect with and feel a part of.
With careful design, Chris and I created six very different spaces, capable of meeting every possible entertainment need for all age groups and interests within close proximity of the main house. These spaces range from a stone built pool house with a traditional log fire, cedar wood kitchen, teppanyaki table and pizza oven fronting directly on to the pool, to a Mediterranean style vine covered pergola constructed from aged wood beams and handcrafted limestone flagstones. Sitting on top of a huge underground rainwater storage system, there is a traditional French boules court and of course, an area for a cold beer in a hammock to watch the amazing sunset over the Perth city skyline.
How would you describe the design aesthetic of the house?
Dalry House was built in 1913; it was a gem that needed polishing to bring out its 21st-century potential and marry that successfully to over 100 years of history. I hope that we have given her back her classic elegance and character while sympathetically incorporating every modern amenity and comfort available today. Although I have chosen some furnishings with an Asian influence, the house was designed with flexibility at its core, and I have no doubt that it will beautifully showcase any style of interior.
Tell us some of the highlights of living in Darlington?
Darlington has some beautiful and inspiring heritage and history. Originally I was drawn to Darlington by the old stone houses and the beautiful rural setting. On closer inspection I realised it is located only 30 minutes to the city and 15 minutes to the airport. Having been fortunate enough to spend time here, I have discovered that it is so much more than a great location.
Darlington has an wonderful sense of community. It has retained a true village feeling, where people will pop in for a coffee or a chat. It has the most eclectic and interesting group of people that I have met anywhere.
Darlington is home to many artists, musicians and writers – it’s an incredible small village and makes for some great dinner parties.
Architect: Chris Taylor, Noosa Queensland
Interior Designer: Alaine Jones
Landscaping: Hort Plan Pty Ltd
Building Size: 745.00 m² (80 squares) approx
Land Size: 1.21ha (3.00 acres) (approx)
- A unique example of history and one of WA’s most luxurious estates.
- Originally built in 1913 Dalry house has been seamlessly extended into a modern home and gardens.
- Design features and finishes have been carefully selected from around the globe and include custom made French doors, original Japan Black Jarrah floorboards and Turkish limestone.
- Through a private entry, the main residence impresses with large wrap around veranda.
- Stunning city skyline views.
- An exquisite Indonesian hand crafted mosaic glass carpet connects the historical and modern sections of the interior.
- Two impressive antique Rajasthani pillars grace the entry to the formal dining room.
- Bespoke iron handrails for stairways were handcrafted in Indonesia.
- Italian crystal chandeliers add a sophisticated elegance.
- The formal and informal living and dining areas, on the ground level, adjoin a music room and all open to verandas and views of the city.
- The lower level contains a climate controlled cellar, theatre area, which opens to the alfresco, with fire pit and gardens.
- State of the art technology has been incorporated into this totally rewired and plumbed home, with smart wiring and monitored security.
- Expansive alfresco areas surround the residence and include a 13 x 6m heated infinity swimming pool with automatic retractable cover, linking through to the 56 sqm pool house.
- Large marble bathroom, two walk in robes, a study and storage area.
- This freestanding luxury indoor-outdoor living area has been constructed with a custom built Ferguson BBQ kitchen and has indoor and outdoor showers.
- An underground rainwater storage holds 700,000 litre capacity.
- Set amongst 3 acres of gently undulating mature gardens, designed by local landscape designers Hort and is fully irrigated.
Delightful vistas surprise through garden rooms, open walks and water features.
- Living Areas: 2
- Garage Spaces: 3
- Open Car Spaces: 2
- Outdoor Entertaining Area
- Swimming Pool – Inground
- Tennis Court
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