Bulimba Queenslander Restored With A Modern Twist

Exemplifying the essence of Queensland living, this home finds the perfect balance between honouring the vernacular exterior while moving forward with a modern, contemporary interior.

From quirky older homes to million-dollar mansions, the Brisbane suburb of Bulimba is well known for being stunningly diverse; with homes offering a wide variety of charm and character.

It is safe to say that this beautiful home, located on Nuttall Street, is no different. Restored with incredible care, this Queenslander elegantly combines a rich heritage with modern, luxurious finishes.

Although maintaining the houses original exterior, owners Terri and Leo Barbera have created a contemporary interior, one that introduces a minimal palette that still pays tribute to the existing heritage style. 

From the second you walk through the front door, a beautiful ambiance is created, introducing light colours to make the hallway feel airy and spacious. Also keeping functionality in mind, the couple have opted to use a Castagno timber tile from our Treverkhome Timber Collection (300×1200). Remaining in line with a more traditional look of a Queenslander, it still incorporates the modern luxuries of having tiles throughout your home.

Common areas like the living room and kitchen utilise a lot of fine lines and interplay of different materials. Alternative to monotonous kitchen interiors, this visionary kitchen distinctively uses a contrasting colour palette.

Combining a beautiful marble slab with the dark Spanish Formats Charcoal tile (150×500) and white grout creates a striking contrast that draws the eye and truly makes the kitchen the stand-out feature and heart of the home.

Another key element in the home is this beautiful White Wood Natural Stone (305×610) that the couple have used throughout the bathroom. It turns the simple space into one of serenity and tranquillity.

Downstairs, the living room uses a touch of a contrasting palette and balancing furniture which combines together for an aesthetically visual experience.

The Dessert White Matte tile (600×600) that they have used is fantastic for staying cool during Queensland’s hot summers, and makes the space feel very open and naturally creates a beautiful indoor-outdoor flow.

In fact, this same tile extends outside around the pool area. The only difference being that the tile inside is in a matte finish while the tile around the pool has a non-slip (R11) finish.

Pool tiles - Desert White Out 300x600 R11 and Sabrene Black Glass Mosaic

Moving outside, it is clear that this home was designed around Queensland summers. Complete with a large entertaining area and pizza oven, you can really see this outdoor space being used as a year-round extension. In this area, they have used a beautiful tumbled and unfilled Silver Travertine (406×610) which compliments their rattan outdoor furniture.

Outdoor Tiles - Silver Travertine Tumbled & Unfilled 406x610

With this level of detail and use of quality materials, Terri and Leo Barbera have perfectly tailored this historical Queensland home for the 21st century. While still incorporating the original beauty of the house, they have been able to create a modern, contemporary interior.

The materials that were selected to both sit comfortably amongst the existing textures, and quietly allow appreciation of the space. Honest, timeless materials such as timber tiles, natural stone and plywood work harmoniously and are both classic and contemporary.

The finished result is an overall welcoming presence.

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