Who: Chris Rak and Kathryn Robson, of Robson Rak Architecture and Interiors
Where: Elwood, Victoria
What: Renovated Edwardian
Be Inspired magazine has some amazing stories in it, about renovating your home especially, highlighting that quirky pastime we Aussies love to indulge in.
Here is one story about the husband-and-wife architect team Chris Rak and Kathryn Robson, of Robson Rak Architecture and Interiors, who are responsible for some of Melbourne’s most beautiful residential interiors.
It’s no surprise, then, that the couple’s own expertly renovated Edwardian home in Elwood is stylish and effortlessly understated, with every detail perfectly considered.
Originally built in the early 1900s, Robson and Rak’s home had been a rental property for more than 20 years before they bought it.
Seeking to extend and contemporise the existing house, the pair retained the front three bedrooms, along with an unusually wide original hallway, and demolished the rear to make way for a modern, open-plan living/kitchen/dining space.
They also added a second level, with master bedroom and en suite upstairs.
Working with key collaborators, including landscaper designer Mira Martinazzo from Mud Office, and builders Prolifica Building Group, Robson and Rak were able to complete this extensive renovation in less than a year.
What is most memorable about Robson and Rak’s home is the painstaking attention to detail – right down to the door handles.
Sporting a perfect “not quite white” colour palette, the kitchen and living room brings together an elegant edit of furnishings and artwork.
“The intention with our home was to create a pared-back, simple and restorative sanctuary for us to come home to,” Robson says.
“We kept the colour palette intentionally restrained, allowing the artwork and furniture to inject its own colour and personality to the space.”