Sep 4, 2012

Lavender Grey, White Marble + Oak Chevron Floors...and is that a cocktail bar I see?...

 With rather more than a gentle nod to the romance of classical detailing,
this young residence by Christopher Day,
tucked into a salubriously leafy street in Toorak, Melbourne,
exploits its full glamour potential to the max with carefully styled furniture & elements by Molecule.

The house itself is very simply neutral,
with dark American Oak chevron parquetry,
classic white walls, French doors in every direction & curtains of rustic linen.
But it's the generosity of the rich blue and lavender fabrics,
combined with oodles of plants, eccentric furniture & dramatic artworks
which takes the glamour up a notch.

Oh, and the inclusion of a built in marble bar.
Not a small one, either.
That's a generosity of spirit...

Why, even doing the laundry would be a glamorous undertaking.
I always tell my own clients that laundries should be wonderful spaces.
After all, we have to spend time there, so it may as well be beautiful.
And a large folding table or bench, like this, is a simple joy.


See how the chevron stripes are repeated 
from the floor to the rug?
Subtle, but it creates a wonderful detail.
And it would be very easy to see where to put it back 
should the rug be rolled up for dancing parties.
Because I rather fancy this house should be used for parties.
Especially cocktail ones.

And with a cocktail bar at the ready,
just imagine how elegant the cocktail parties would be,
with men in lavender shirts...

 and women in lavender gowns...

Would you love to live here?
Or perhaps attend a lavender themed cocktail soirée?

property location :: 8 grong grong court, toorak, melbourne


  1. Hi, Virginia!
    This house is absolutely fabulous, love every single detail about it, the hall, the bar, the living room and the laundry, oh, almost forgot, the outdoors, everything incredibly beautiful.
    Thanks for sharing.

    Now, I hope your husband got better.
    Have a nice week.

    1. hello dear Tereza. Yes, thank you, he is making fabulous improvements every day, which is a great relief, as well as a great joy. x

  2. The house is stunning. Thank you so much for posting the images....I need to save them all for future inspiration! That laundry....WOW!
    x KL

  3. Virginia,
    I will be there and bring a lavender bouquet.

  4. Absolutely spectacular
    I love it

    Have a great week

    Helen xx

  5. I love the floors and I would love a big laundry come workroom! x

  6. Wow Virginia - that is one supremely stylish, sophisticated and glamorous house - one befitting your blog. I love the herringbone floors and the the subtle splashes of colour and the impossibly chic statement furnishings.

  7. Whoa, whoa, whoa! That is one rock n'roll of a house!!! I LOVE it!!!! A great interplay of design respecting the bones. Faboo!!!! Seriously, the dude that lives there HAS to be a hottie... ;)

  8. PS. When we lived in the big Victorian house, we had a "music room" with a full size built in bar!!! As a kid I loved lifting up the old-fashioned bar-keep style panel to go under to the back side of it.

  9. I would be clinging to that awesome cocktail bar all day! Thank you V for MOTH's birthday wishes, the old boy was properly chuffed.
    Millie xx

  10. i love the place.
    i would live there in a New York minute!!!
    there are too many great ideas to mention in this home!!


  11. Love this space. Particularly love the image 3rd from top. So beautiful! In fact, we were so inspired by this beautiful post that we're going to reupholster two vintage wingback sofas in a similar navy fabric - albeit herringbone rather than tweed/check. I managed to find some on special for $5/metre. (Reduced from $180!)

    Always appreciate the effort you go to with your blog posts.

    Hope your husband is feeling better too. I've been thinking of of you both.


  12. Absolutely love the chevron pattern wood floors!


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