EXCLUSIVE: Build for a Cure Style Report

28 November 2017
Contemporary wood staircase

We joined forces with Walker Corporation, Children’s Cancer Institute and a range of other partners and suppliers to build and style the Tulloch 25 in 28 days for this year's Build for a Cure project.

"The House Built with Love" features styling by our MyChoice Design Studio team and furnishings donated by freedom, as well as additions from Fisher & Paykel and Winning Appliances, to attract a $700,000 price tag at auction ($50,000 over its reserve!). What’s even better is that this money has gone directly to Children's Cancer Institute and their journey to cure childhood cancer.

We were given an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at the colours, inspiration and products used to decorate this magnificent slimline house that is now home to a young family. Here’s your cheat sheet to create this interior style at home:

Chic street appeal

A combination of colours were used for the mixed siding facade, blending Taubmans Shale Grey and June Fog for the render juxtaposed against the dark Monument Colorbond roof, gutters, windows and garage door. Austral Bricks’ Ultra Smooth Jazz bricks and a clear stained door completed the external colour palette, with JC Brooklyn Mid Grey tiles lining the sweet front patio and accentuating the unique entrance positioned to the side the home rather than the common centre-based entry.

Bold fittings and fixtures

Black is back. Inspired by Danish Architect Arne Jacobsen’s simple yet elegant and functional style, the designers selected bold and edgy accents which make an immediate statement when you enter the home as your eyes are drawn to the black staircase handrail.

Erin from the Sydney MyChoice Design Studio team shared her thoughts behind the Tulloch’s eclectic style.

“In terms of design we have incorporated a mix of mid-century modern and industrial chic using matt black fittings and fixtures to express this emotion.”

This is sustained throughout the Tulloch 25 adding character to the Bathrooms with black shower roses, tapware, basins and accessories.

These dark fittings and fixtures contrast against the Fresh Concrete Caesarstone benchtops and are neatly tied together by the subtle grey in Polytec Empire Oak Woodmatt cabinets.

Modern from the walls to the floors

When it comes to defining the interior colour palette, Erin explains that the colours were drawn out of today’s trends, especially the use of simple tones.

The floors were given a modern and abstract flair, similar to that pioneered by designers Charles and Ray Eames, through the choice of Balmain Oak flooring laid in a Herringbone pattern. A sunlit and airy feeling is created throughout the home through the light floors paired with the Illusive White walls.

The MyChoice Design team play with patterns and shapes in other areas of the home too, using Hexagonal tiles for the Gourmet Kitchen splashback and are found again in the Ensuite, Powder Room and Bathroom shower recess.

When looking to the walls, a dramatic use of Taubmans Somber Grey and Black Fox are used respectively in the Home Theatre and Master Suite to impress any guest taking the grand tour.

Luxurious furnishings

Set with the brief to cater for family and everyday comfort, the stylists from freedom drew on this season’s trends to create a relaxed but luxurious contemporary feel.

“We've introduced some of this season’s colours and textures which include rich greens, navy and burnished brass,” Jill from freedom explained.

“We've layered velvets and linens, alongside some interesting more raw textures,” she added.

This is demonstrated most powerfully in the open plan living space, hosting a grande velvet emerald lounge and a matching black and brass TV unit and coffee table. 

Upstairs this theme is continued, such as in the functional Study Nook tucked away at the top of the landing. Soft navy and brass stools sit beneath the Built-In Desk, sharing a pink twin in one of the sumptuous Bedrooms.

For more inspiration, ideas and accessories to add to your shopping list, visit our Build for a Cure 2017 Pinterest board.