Name: Ascher, Dylan & Hudson (13 months old) Lindsay with their two dogs Spencer and Alfie
Location: Scarborough, Western Australia
Size: 230 square metres (2475 square feet)
Years lived in: 7 Years, Owned
Set on a very busy road, just a short drive from Scarborough Beach—a popular tourist location—sits Ascher and Dylan's home. Once you walk through their portico and step inside, the hectic outdoor world just falls away and you are left with a sense of peace and calm. The entryway basks you in natural light and begins to tell the story about what you should expect from the rest of the space.
Ascher and Dylan worked closely with an architect to reinvigorate the original home, designing a modern addition that incorporated natural materials, from timber to black steel. These timeless elements sit beautifully with Ascher's crisp, minimal interior design aesthetic, and bring together a home that is not only beautiful, but kid (and dog!) friendly.
It was of no surprise to me when I learned that Ascher was a landscape designer—she owns her own company SolScapes Landscaping (along with her husband who works as the 'hands on' part of the business). The exterior holds as much importance as the inside of the home, with huge bifold doors inviting the garden in, almost as another lounge room. There are three outside "retreats" altogether—with the sunroom at the front of the house perfect for an afternoon drink whilst baby Hudson plays in the small incorporated sandpit. There's the side alfresco area (complete with a climbing vine roof and custom copper plant wall) and the "parent's retreat" that overlooks the rest of Scarborough, off the master bedroom.
Ascher and Dylan have used top quality materials throughout the home, and then used simple but beautifully designed furniture and accessories to complement them. Every piece in Ascher's home has a purpose; there are no unnecessarily fussy objects. It was important for the couple to fill their home with only things they love and need, whilst keeping it inviting and relaxing— which is perfect—for this couple loves nothing more than entertaining their family and friends on the weekend.
Apartment Therapy Survey:
Our Style: I'd say our style was Mid-century modern, with a dash of industrial, and throw in a little Scandinavian…and that’s just on the inside of the house.
The design brief to our architect was for them to design a modern addition, with the use of natural timber and Black Steel elements on the exterior with a crisp, minimal interior design. We felt the furniture and art would do the rest.
Inspiration: Our inspiration comes a lot from the raw materials we work with in landscaping and also that we have grown up with. Black steel, copper, timber and stone are all timeless elements that transform spaces inside and out. We felt we can mix our styles because of the use of these natural materials we have used throughout our home and garden, though the quirky transition from the traditional style of downstairs to the modern extension upstairs feels completely natural.
Favorite Element: A large ceiling void that our architect designed to connect the two levels and open the house up to so much more light and space.
Biggest Challenge: A surprise pregnancy four weeks into our second story extension/house renovation, and then our overseas wedding in Greece with a 3-month-old baby, all the while trying to run a business and manage a house renovation at the same time. It was a busy year…I am now proficient at burning the candle at both ends!
What Friends Say: They love how homey our house feels, even after our extensive modern renovation. There is always a comfortable chair to sit in, delicious food aromas that lead you through the front door, cheerful artwork and family photos in every room. I want our house to feel ‘homey’. It's what we both grew up with and it’s so important that our friends, family and children feel welcomed and comfortable in our space, too.
Biggest Embarrassment: Our carport AKA ‘Man-Cave’. It's been screened off and hidden away from the public view (and mine!) I would be the first to admit I’m a clean freak so I live by the rule of "out of sight, out of mind" for that area of the house!
Proudest DIY: Our custom-made copper clad greenwall in the courtyard. Designed by me over a year ago, and built by Dylan from scratch…it all starts with the vision, followed by many sleepless nights thinking: ‘"Now, how the hell we are going to build this thing…"
Biggest Indulgence: The house was almost designed around the floating fireplace called ‘Gyrofocus’, we had ordered from France – A sculptural masterpiece, which has become the centrepiece of our upstairs bedroom.
Best Advice: Find a good architect and builder and spend time planning the renovation. Good things do take time. Together with our architects, the design came together after three long years but we found an amazing builder and it was only a seven month build. This build/renovation was one of the most enjoyable and pleasurable experiences we have ever had, and we know our builder and architect had a lot to do with that.
Dream Sources: This was my year to not want anything and be grateful for everything that we have. Ask me again next year and I’m sure that will change!
PAINT & COLORS
- Porters Paints on office cladding: Palm Beach Black
- Porters Paints on bed head in bedroom: Fresco
- Porters paints on Carport feature wall: Concrete Look Paint
- Timber Wall Dots: Muuto
- Artwork: Short Street Gallery, Broome
- Letterbox & Corten Steel House numbers: Custom designed by Ascher, Made by Design Edge Studio
- Picture frames: Freedom
- Couch: Freedom
- Leather cushions: Mr and Mrs White
- Lamp: Freedom
- Bookshelf: Custom designed by Ascher
- Vintage Record player unit: Gumtree
- Barcelona Leather Chair: Vintage Shop in East Fremantle
- Side Tables ‘Little Friend’: Mobilia
- Canvas Artwork and prints: Spencertive (David Spencer)
- Rug: Freedom
- Leather butterfly Chair: Muumuu
- Timber Table: Custom Made
- Canvas Artwork: Spencertive (David Spencer)
- Copper Lights: Little Leaf Co
- Pots: Watergarden Warehouse
- Pendants: Alti Lighting
- Bar Stools: Custom Made ‘The Ascher Stool’ ‘Dovetail Furniture Company USA’
- Concrete Benchtop: Exposed Worx Concreting
- Steel Splashback: Diverse Metals
- Floating Fireplace: Gyrofocus -Oblica
- Custom made floating bed: Carabooda Timber
- Berlin Rug: ‘Bleux’ Designer Rugs
- Deer Head: West Elm
- Baby Seat: Hushamock
- Bedhead décor: Empire Homewares
- Porthole Light: Christopher Boots
- Ceiling Fans: Big Ass Fans
- Pendant Lights above day bed: Beacon Lighting
- Pendant Lights in Stairs/entrance void: West Elm
- Custom made Tuart Timber bench top: Carabooda Timber
- Plant Hanger: Light + Ladder
- Floating timber shelf: West Elm
- Candle holders: Empire Homewares
- Side chest: Empire Homewares
- Book Shelf: Empire Homewares
- Grant Featherston Contour Lounge Chair: Replica Furniture
- Pots: Watergarden Warehouse
- Office Side draws: Ikea
- Office Desk: West Elm
- Occasional chair: Empire Homewares
- KUSH oversized Ottomons: Schiavello Group (Maharam & Eden Pattern designed by Hella Jongerius)
- Cow hide rug: Ikea
- Copper Sidetable: Copper by Design
- Copper plant stand: Kmart
- Big Giraffe: Melissa & Doug
- Change Table: Ubabub
- Toy Cupboard: Freedom
- Hexagon Shelves: Etsy
- Wooden Toys on Hexagon Shelves: Noc noc Wooden Toys
- Colour Button Hat Hooks: Freedom
- Clear baby book shelf: Ubabub
- Classic cot Birch: Oeuf 'My first Room'
- Floor mat: Olli Ella Felt Ball Rug 'Sunbeam'
- Rocking Chair: Ikea
- Paintings: Grandad
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