The impressions start from the street, where the home exudes warmth thanks to red cedar-lined eaves to its second-storey, scorched travertine and, at night, the evening glow of feature lighting through the frontage and garden.
The entry statement is grand – neutral tones and soaring ceilings greet guests, with a porcelain tiled staircase leading upstairs next to a hallway that offers a line of sight all the way through to the home’s backyard.
Natural materials and light tones can sometimes feel cold, but Villa Vita instantly softens this with a textured fabric wallpaper – a presence which, along with the warmth of timber detailing, reappears through the home to offer visual and spatial balance and create a welcoming ambience.
Following the main path through the ground floor, past a wine cellar beneath the stairs, the visitor is taken into a light-filled multipurpose room – central, but given every chance to function separately, thanks to concealed doors at either side. Ceiling-height windows flank one side, connecting to an outdoor courtyard.
Past this is the home’s hub, an open-plan living, dining and kitchen space, where oak, cedar, and textured fabric finishes again play an integral role of contrast against dramatic stone, and industrial-style shelving.
A skylight above the kitchen sink is a highlight, combining with the walls of glass to flood the main living space with natural light. A cleverly tucked scullery, pantry and phone/tech area help remove clutter.
The outdoor alfresco serves more as an extension of the main living area than an outdoor space. Cedar ceilings flow out from the kitchen with the scorched travertine from the home’s entry making a reappearance, while a built-in fireplace makes it accessible year-round.
Upstairs is a hub dedicated to privacy. Highlighted by the master suite which features a standalone bathtub, ‘his-and-her’ showerheads and a walk-in robe. The floor’s layout exudes calm and is opulent without being showy.
Secondary bedrooms are separated from the master to the front of the level. Each enjoys views of the street, with a shared bathroom and an upstairs reading room tying the home together.