Collins Street Apartment

This CBD home was in need of new style and practicality to suit the life of a young and busy student. After an overhaul of the kitchen, bathroom, and sitting room, we captured the spirit of Melbourne city living.

The kitchen – starting from scratch

The existing kitchen, being small, had no storage or bench space. So I completely ripped it out in order to start from scratch. This gave me a blank slate on which to place new colours and bold design elements.

I opted for a pale green garlic-like colour for the joinery below the new bench, and American oak timber for all overheads. Then I chose a new off-white stone bench, as well as new Terrazzo-like floor tiles, to lighten up the space. A couple of kitchen stools were added for extra seating at the kitchen bench.

I retained the existing fridge but selected all-new appliances. And as a finishing touch, I added a feature light to bring lustre to the kitchen and particularly the soft finish of the timber cabinets.

A brand new bathroom

As with the kitchen, I ripped out the existing bathroom and retiled the entire space. With a new vanity, custom mirror and storage cabinet, the bathroom now has a stunning and practical showpiece.

The colours I chose in the bathroom match those used in the kitchen, which is just across the hallway.

Easy, free-flow living in the sitting room

First I pulled out a very dated TV unit and created a day bed to sit against one wall, with a TV above. All the joinery in this space was the same stained American oak as in the kitchen. And finally, I added all-new furniture to the sitting room to complete the look.

Every student needs a comfortable and stylish sanctum to work and live in – now my client has one, and in the heart of Melbourne’s CBD.

Location: Collins Street ,Melbourne
Photographer: Martina Gemmola