Client: Laing Williamstown Kitchen
Designer: Ashlee Stark
CALL 1300 126 457
This beautiful Williamstown townhouse was in a very pink rut. From the carpet, to the architraves, to
the door handles – it was pink as far as the eye could see. The project scope was across the whole
house and the brief was for lots of storage, lots of white and lots of light (both natural and artificial).
The downstairs layout was no surprise for the era of the house – a kitchen separate from the living +
dining area, and a small laundry and toilet through a door. This inevitably led to the area being a
series of small, poorly lit spaces. We knew that we had to open the area to allow the natural light to
fill the space through the kitchen window and laundry external door – so we took down some walls!
Whilst the client lost some bookshelves with the wall removal, the new openness of the space and
ability to incorporate more storage into the kitchen made the change worthwhile. We incorporated
the laundry as a European Laundry behind bi-fold doors and ended up with more storage than when
the laundry was in a separate room.
One of the main goals for the whole area was for a minimalist and sleek design. This was achieved
through integrated or white appliances to blend in seamlessly with the white joinery, and clever
design (simply hiding the microwave on the back end of the island!). The client fell in love with a
gorgeous Smeg freestanding cooker, and the simplicity of the rest of the space allowed this piece to
The matt white joinery is offset by the soft veins of the marble-look engineered stone bench top,
and a subtly patterned gloss white splash back.
Beneath the carpet on the staircase was the hidden gem of hardwood oak timber, which was in
impeccable condition. To keep this theme running throughout the downstairs area and ensure that
the space was rid of all things pink, we installed a warm engineered timber floor.
The original pink theme continued into the bathroom, so we carried our soft, neutral palette up the
stairs. The bathroom was already a well-lit space with a good layout – the main request here was to
remove the decommissioned and space invading spa and incorporate a claw foot bath.
Carrara herringbone mosaic tiles were the hero of the space, and we complemented this with larger
format marble look tiles on the floor, and matt white tiles on the wall. Chrome fittings and a silver
framed mirror finish off the room and the result is a luxurious, calming space.