As co-owners of Kitchen Warehouse, it's no surprise that Chris and Justine Murphy's kitchen forms the hub of their beautiful Hamptons-style home in Floreat.
Decked out with all the latest gadgets yet featuring a lovely rustic edge courtesy of handmade and heirloom copper pots, chopping boards and rolling pins on display by the cooktop, it is spacious, welcoming and just the right mix of functionality, character and style.
White is central to the kitchen look, with white Shaker-style cabinets, a butler sink from Restoration Online Australia and honed Cararra marble benchtops offset by dark stained American oak flooring, copper-look pendants from Brass Decor in Nedlands, a freestanding stainless-steel Viking oven and silver replica Tolix bar stools from Table & Chair in Subiaco.
An Italian-made Isomac coffee machine, a big Marcato Ristorantica Wellness 220 pasta machine (which can produce 10kg of pasta an hour) and a black KitchenAid stand mixer also feature on the benchtops; handy items when it comes time to entertain.
Mrs Murphy said the kitchen — which also included a walk-through scullery with an open-style pantry made from stacked recycled wood crates — helped make entertaining a breeze, something the young family did regularly.
"The whole house is built around entertaining, with a big dining area and great outdoor space by the pool making it very comfortable and easy to do so," she said.
Mrs Murphy has a strong connection to Floreat, with her grandfather having lived in the suburb for 50 years and her children Matteo, 10, Miliana, 9, and Mackenzie, 6 now attending the same school as her mother did.
She said she was attracted to the Hamptons or Cape Cod style — think crisp white walls, wood panelling, dark timber floors and natural fibres — because it radiated a warm, lived-in yet fresh look.
Though not his usual building style, the Murphys enlisted luxury builder Tony Tomizzi to create the striking five-bedroom, three-bathroom slate-roof home, as they had worked with him previously, while interior stylist Malvina Stone helped turn Mrs Murphy’s Hamptons-inspired ideas scrapbook into a reality.
The result speaks for itself, with the light-filled spacious two-storey home welcoming, warm and stylish, with a definite "lived-in" feel.
Gigantic stained oak double doors, handmade by Revival Furniture in Osborne Park, are the first clue to the sheer size of the home, with soaring ceilings, a white painted, panelled void over the living area and a 12-seater dining table — an old tin maker's table from the Woolstores in Fremantle, paired with Wishbone chairs from Bisque in NSW — further emphasising the home's scale.
While big, the open-plan living, dining and kitchen space still has an intimate feel, brought about by an eclectic mix of furnishings, textures, artworks, decorator pieces and family photographs as well as a stunning floor-to-ceiling locally sourced stone fireplace in the dining space.
In the living room, a worn leather couch teamed with two King Louis chairs, both from Villa Maison in Victoria, and a pair of comfy armchairs sit on a sisal rug, with colour brought into the area through vases of fresh flowers and an oversized wire basket from Country Road filled with lemons.
"We love this area as it's filled with light and great for entertaining," Mrs Murphy said. "We can also relax and read the paper while watching the kids outside."
The outdoor area continues the easy-entertaining theme, with a plantation shutter-lined alfresco space with a wood-fired pizza oven, a concealed television and outdoor kitchen — the perfect spot to admire the wrap-around pool and low-maintenance gardens created by Jo Taylor of Taylor Landscaping.
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"The whole house is built around entertaining, with a big dining area and great alfresco space by the pool making it very comfortable and easy to do so."