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  1. Revealed: Australia’s Room of the Year 2015

    Room-of-the-year

    This rather handsome reading room, pictured above, has been awarded Room of the Year 2015 by Australian House & Garden at the annual Top 50 Rooms Awards. The winning room has won its interior designers, Sydney-based Decus Interiors, a trip for two to the Maison & Objet fair in Paris next January.

    The winning room! The library in the Fairlight house by Decus Interiors, winner of House and Gardens' Room of the Year 2015.

    Library and staircase: Inside the Fairlight house by Decus Interiors, winner of House and Gardens' Room of the Year 2015.

    On the winning room, Lisa Green, Editor-in-Chief of Australian House & Garden said, “The strong architectural statements in this outstanding room are beautifully complemented by details and furnishings that delight and surprise. The result is refined yet relaxed. I want to light the fire and plonk myself on the plush sofa with a good book.”

    Want to see the rest of the house? ‘Course you do. We’ve got it right here. Scroll down, scouts!

    Kitchen: the Fairlight house by Decus Interiors, winner of House and Gardens' Room of the Year 2015.

    Kitchen: the Fairlight house by Decus Interiors, winner of House and Gardens' Room of the Year 2015.

    The brief to Decus Interiors for this family home could be summarised in two words: ‘informal formality’. The designers said that despite the home’s northern beaches’ location, they “set a clear intention to avoid creating an archetypal ‘Beachy’ home.”

    And with a conspicuous absence of white-washed floors, nautical motifs, and shell chandeliers, I think it’s safe to say that they have created the most non-beachy beach house!

    However, you can see that the designers have created subtle nods to the home’s location, with pops of rich blue and sand-toned hues.

    Bathroom: the Fairlight house by Decus Interiors, winner of House and Gardens' Room of the Year 2015.

    Master bedroom: the Fairlight house by Decus Interiors, winner of House and Gardens' Room of the Year 2015.

    Master bedroom: the Fairlight house by Decus Interiors, winner of House and Gardens' Room of the Year 2015.

    Working with Luigie Roselli Architects, the interiors designers explain that they developed “a pensive, restrained colour palette layered within a selection of rich, bold materials.”

    “Texture is everywhere from the joinery paneling, to the aggregate in the polished concrete flooring, the v-groove paneling to the ceilings, the rich smoked oak timber used in key areas, bronze patinated mesh, the black steel windows and doors and the thick woven linen of the window treatments.”

    Living room: Inside the Fairlight house by Decus Interiors, winner of House and Gardens' Room of the Year 2015.

    Living room: the Fairlight house by Decus Interiors, winner of House and Gardens' Room of the Year 2015.

    Orange-painted exterior of the Fairlight house by Decus Interiors, winner of House and Garden's' Room of the Year 2015.

    Congratulations Decus Interiors on a well-deserved win!

    Head over to Homes to Love to see the full list of winners at the annual Top 50 Rooms Awards.

    Photography by Justin Alexander for Decus Interiors.

    • http://extralargeaslife.com/ Natalie Mulford

      Oh wow! I’m not usually too fond on exposed beams, but the way these are done are amazing!!

      • wearescout

        The black fixtures are pretty unique, aren’t they? Beautifully graphic and geometrical.

    • http://thouswell.co/ Kevin O’Gara | Thou Swell

      I love how traditional textures and materials warm up these fresh, contemporary rooms!

    • jae quintaglie

      What is the height of the built-in, with the mesh panels?