Carefully crafting an atmosphere of relaxation and comfort, Carole Whiting Interiors’ Sage House employs neutral tones and organic materiality to fuse familiarity with elegance.
The simple double-fronted timber façade of The Sage House gives way to an inviting and sophisticated interior that facilitates connectedness. Down to earth and designed for comfort, the spaces provide the ideal gentle environment for a busy young family.
The brief was to design a modest residence with a flexible floorplan. The living space, for example, is ideal for entertainment but also caters for personal space. And a narrowing hall, celebrating the old and new parts of the house, provides a threshold before opening up, with the lofty ceiling contributing to a sense of expansive space.
With a natural and tactile material palette consisting of dimpled textured tiles, stone, ceramic, woven light fixtures, tanned leather details and timber, the house exudes warmth and expresses handcrafted narrative. This organic, soft palette naturally led Carole Whiting Interiors to a broad range of unique Artedomus products.
Artedomus Elba, a marble with soft grey veins, is used in multiple spaces including the living space and the kitchen, while the bathrooms feature Agape bathware that exemplifies the home’s subtle combination of elegance and handcrafted elements. Grand in proportion, the family bathroom sees the Vieques bathtub by Patricia Urquiola sit in pride of place, illuminated softly to highlight the timber panelling.
Visible from the main kitchen, the laundry and part of the pantry are seamlessly connected. Extending to the full length of the wall from the laundry to the back door, the stone bench is carved in with a sculpted custom-made sink. The design further enhances connections between spaces through a mirrored panel that operates as a secret door leading to a study. On the door, wall hooks replace standard door hardware to add more functionality. This same idea of hidden and secret connections is applied in the children’s bedroom that leads to an annexed playroom on the first floor. Photos: Jack Shelton; Words: Thida Sachathep;