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Room to Grow in a Newly Built, Bright Bungalow

by Sabrina Smelko

As much as I adore the charm of an older home, there’s something thrilling about the thought of having say in your home’s design and layout. For Kyree Meagher and her fiancé, electrician Ben Harvey, the ability to choose certain features — such as their high ceilings, stone bench tops with waterfall edges, and large windows — has led to the the home of their dreams. Just like she found “the one” in Ben, Kyree says she can “certainly picture growing old [here].”

The soon-to-be-married couple bought this stunning house in Piara Waters, Western Australia merely three months ago, but for only having moved into it in February, it’s impressive how quickly they were able to transform it from a house to a home — something Kyree attributes to the seven months prior she spent planning while the home was being built. As the brains behind their home design, she used this time to collect Scandi-style inspiration.

Though much has already been done inside to complete the space, the to-do list is long when it comes to their outdoor space. Kyree and Ben sense a lot of timber, stone, garden walls, and a hanging chair in their future, but above all else, the biggest priority is fostering a child-friendly space. On top of hanging chairs, baby chairs are on the horizon as well! After their wedding in November, Kyree and Ben plan to grow their family, so when furniture-shopping they opted for pieces that were comfortable and timeless, but also durable and kid-safe. “I adore crisp whites and anything neutral, really!” Kyree explains, “but I also think it’s important to make spaces actually liveable and not too clinical.” Though their home is brand new, it still feels warm and lived-in. The power behind a little styling and personalization through art and accessories never fails to impress me, from making an older home like mine feel updated, to bringing character to a new one! –Sabrina

 

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Kyree's favorite room of their home, the living area complete with all of the most perfectly-placed decor goodies. Originally, they had two small floating shelves on the farther wall, but added more on each end, making the wall feel taller and longer.
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Their print gallery above the sofa next to a hanging macrame planter, which benefits from the gorgeous light they get throughout the day.
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Using shelves rather than putting holes in the walls to hang their art allows them to change it up often without the hassle of having to patch or paint their walls.
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Kyree lounging in their huge, king-sized bed next to a check cushion from Cream Empire. In their bedroom, simplicity and calm design is the key. She explains, "you don't want to feel like you are drowning in too much stuff." The hex shelf is from Top Knot Designs, the concrete diamond is from Raw Luxe Interiors and the mountain block is from Agent Valentine.
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Above their bed is this little shelf which Kyree enjoys styling frequently. All of the paint used throughout the house is Dulux's Snow Season in half strength.
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Their bedroom is not currently finished, but Kyree admits she's actually learning to love the simplicity and freedom of the space, saying, "I would like to see comfy chair at the end of the bed eventually, but right now I am adoring how it looks." The Mocka Jimmy Stand (one of Kyree's designs) stands against the wall with a marble bag from Behr and Co and a knot cushion from My Little Echo.
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The view from their bathroom to the bedroom. Unlike their last home, Kyree and Ben love the privacy they have to hop from the shower straight to the bedroom and wardrobe. Like the rest of their bedroom, it's all about peace-of-mind and the ability to relax and enjoy the freedom of the space.
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In lieu of a glass wall or shower curtain, Kyree and Ben opted for a larger shower that allows for a large opening on one end that water can't reach. Complete with a solid brick wall, it saves Kyree from having to wipe down the glass after each shower.
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The heart of Kyree and Ben's home, the kitchen. "I always dreamt of a white kitchen and it finally became a reality!" says Kyree. Complete with glossy white cupboards, white stone and white subway tiles, the accents of black and natural fibers balance it perfectly.
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A Scandi-style vignette next to their kitchen. "This mirror is in a perfect position as it catches the light," says Kyree, "(and we can touch up our hair every time we walk past, too)!"
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Kyree's little nephew enjoying the clean kitchen floor. The wooden floating shelves are host to constantly revolving bits and bobs. The stools are from Mocka Australia.
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Detail of their kitchen shelves. "Ben hated installing these as they were so tricky to get perfectly straight," laughs Kyree, "but he got there in the end (after lots of tears)"
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The view looking out to the dining area from the kitchen.
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Their dining area is one of the brightest rooms in the house. Their sheer curtains add an airiness that highlight the home's greatest asset: the bright light they get through their large windows! The planter basket is from Norsu Interiors.
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The view from their kitchen island bench into the living and dining area. Their open-plan living area allows them to entertain comfortably and mingle freely in all three areas.
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A close-up of Ben and Kyree's dining area. "I love my Dixon copper pendants," says Kyree, "they are a real show-stopper!"

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