Tropical Design Theories Adapted For Perth Living
Dining table from Blu Peter, rug from Jenny Jones, Asian console from Lauder and Howard Antiques and Fine Art, wooden bowls from Ottoman Empire. Artwork (at far end) by Penny Coss at Art Collective WA. All Photos: Angelita Bonetti
Living area on the upper floor. Chairs, coffee table and sofa from Blu Peter; rug from Jenny Jones Rugs, side table from Lauder and Howard Antiques and Fine Art; cushions, yellow pot and ikat ceramic from Ottoman Empire; woven basket from Mossenson Galleries.
Fixed island bench in a freestanding style. Leathered granite on timber frame. Vintage french breadboard from Busatti Perth; green pot (with orchids) and yellow pot from Ottoman Empire; parrot fruit stand from Lauder and Howard Antiques and Fine Art.
Antique Asian console and bronze elephant from Lauder and Howard Antiques and Fine Art; shell from Cool Calm Collected; painted figure from Mossenson Galleries; artwork in background by Penny Coss from Art Collective WA.
Main bedroom: antique colonial bed and African side table from Lauder and Howard Antiques and Fine Art; ethnic tray tables from Ottoman Empire; rug from Jenny Jones Rugs; bedlinen from Busatti Perth; and artwork by Angela Stewart from Art Collective WA.
Bedding from Busatti Perth; rug from Jenny Jones Rugs; artwork by Penny Coss from Art Collective WA; crystal bowl with orchids from Lauder and Howard Antiques and Fine Art; painted figure from Mossenson Galleries.
On a balmy summers night as the sun set over the Cottesloe pines Humphrey Homes launched their latest project at a VIP launch night.
Inspired by colonial plantation homes of the tropics, this white wooden family home is entertaining and style across two levels. Black joinery, a north west facing orientation and a spectacular deep timber verandah play on images of South Africa and Indochina in the comfort of luxury.
With a strong emphasis on responding to the clients needs, privacy is paramount in the children’s bedrooms and outdoor entertaining area, with stoned walls and walled gardens protecting the azure pool from curious eyes.
We have a chat with founder Dean Humphrey about this recent home and his approach to design.
How would you describe your approach to Architecture, and what generally influences the style of your work?
“Our approach to architecture is to firstly get a deep understanding of what our clients want and expect. Most people have some ideas and images of what they want but don’t have the full story. It’s our job to help them expand their ideas and create something they will love. Our architectural style is very much influenced by what our clients want to achieve, not we want to achieve. That’s why all our homes look so different. There is no ‘theme’ running through our homes”.
What inspired you on this particular project?
“Our clients, Cam and Tania, had the courage to follow through on their original ideas, without getting ‘all conservative’ like many people do, thinking about resale the next possible owners. They weren’t afraid to have a very ‘black & white’ theme and a feel of Plantation style meets Hamptons meets Queenslander. So creating something bold and different was inspiring. Creating a very detailed home on a steep block but making it look simple was a good challenge”.
What are your favourite features of the project?
“The overall ‘look & feel’ of the home is amazing. It’s not predictable, every room is a surprise – you don’t know what the next room will be like before you walk into it. It’s a very warm and welcoming home built to very high standards. I’m very proud of the high level of craftsmanship we were able to achieve, in every detail”.
What advice do you have for clients thinking of engaging with an Architect?
“I would suggest they not only view previous work, but make sure the architect or designer has a genuine understanding of, and focus on, what the clients are trying to achieve (as opposed to a designer wanting to create something which looks great on their own portfolio). It’s also important for clients to understand that the design concept, although essential, is only one part of the whole building process. A nice looking concept doesn’t mean you will have an efficient building process or end up with a quality building. Careful selection of a good builder, preferably who has an understanding of the design vision, is critical for a great outcome”.
Architect: Humphrey Homes
Styled and Produced by Anna Flanders. Photographed: Angelita Bonetti
Stockists: Art Collective WA
Lauder and Howard Antiques and Fine Art
Jenny Jones Rugs