House Design

Neale Whitaker south coast home

Written by The ReReport
As seen in the Source link, written by on 2019-02-22 14:00:34

When you’ve made a career judging other people’s interior design efforts, two things will happen. First, it’s likely you’ll become quite design savvy and second, there will probably be plenty of interest in the results.But if Love It Or List It’s Neale Whitaker is feeling the pressure, it isn’t evident. For Neale and his partner David Novak-Piper, moving to Bundewallah on the South Coast is a dream come true.media_cameraThe couple opted for a neutral palette with Taubmans Ice Princess for the walls and Almond Milk for the ceilings. All pictures: Chris Warnes, John Paul Urizar“It is a gorgeous part of the world to live in,” Neale says. “We’ve been coming down to stay here for more than a decade so it’s an area we knew very well before we took the plunge to buy.”The pair bought the house, originally built in the 1930s, from TV vet James Carroll from the Lifestyle channel’s Village Vets Australia. Set on about 1ha of land, the only condition of sale was that the house came with a four-legged resident called Bill.media_cameraZaza lounge designed by Charles Wilson for King Living,“Bill is a lovely old horse — he’s 27 years old,” says Neale. “The previous owners couldn’t take him with them. But he is very low maintenance.”Neale describes the three-bedroom house as a bit of a patchwork quilt, with various parts added on over the years.While the living area faces on to beautiful views, the spacious but basic kitchen sits at the back of the house. Keen entertainers, Neale and David made renovating the kitchen a top priority.“I have worked with Kinsman Kitchens on LIOLI so I was familiar with their range,” Neale says. “We wanted a kitchen that was modern and functional but at the same time, had character.”media_cameraThe heart of the home is taken over by this stunning Kinsman kitchen, to the new design was a large island bench with induction cooktop and butler’s sink.Because they had so much space to work with, they installed a stand-alone kitchen unit for the oven and rangehood, creating a butler’s pantry behind it.“I like the privacy you get with a butler’s pantry,” Neale says. “You can hide the dirty dishes when you entertain — not we that we have done a lot of that yet.”media_cameraNeale Whitaker’s British heritage gets a nod in the comfortably stylish living room
For the living spaces, they removed one or two walls to create a partially open-plan space and refreshed the walls in shades of grey from the Taubmans range.Along with several pieces, such as bookshelves and a red Afghan rug from their former home, they chose a sofa and lounge from the King Living range designed by Charles Wilson.As brand ambassador for the retailer, Neale is well aware of its design flexibility.“Their styles work with so many aesthetics,” he says. “It’s contemporary but if you’re more traditional, it will still work.”