An interior designers own home
Picture: Robert Duncan

Interior designer and stylist Kim Pearson had her eye on the house she now calls home long before it was actually for sale.

Eventually, after seeing the property bounce on and off the market for a while, Ms Pearson and husband James decided to make an offer and call it their own.

That was in 2011 and the couple, with children Oliver, 23, and Abigail, 20, have since transformed the 105-year-old abode into a stylish home.

Incredibly, it is the Pearsons' seventeenth home and eighth renovation. And while no major structural work was required, no space went untouched - inside or out - during the three-month overhaul.

Carpets were peeled back to reveal one of the four-bedroom, three-bathroom home's finest features - wide jarrah floorboards which Ms Pearson had bleached to turn them a gloriously mellow golden colour.

"There's a certain amount of risk involved with bleaching timber because there are no guarantees to what colour you'll end up with," Ms Pearson said. "Having said that, I've never met a bleached floorboard I didn't like."

In the kitchen cherrywood timber cabinetry, original to the home, was sanded back and painted a rich grey colour. New finishes include Caesarstone benchtops, new appliances, splashback, sink, tapware and hardware.

Endless litres of white paint, Ms Pearson's own secret blend, were used throughout to give the walls and trims a soft, chalky finish.

"There was also a lot of refurbishment and boring stuff that you don't see, such as plumbing and electrical work," she said.

With such things taken care of, Ms Pearson turned her attention to styling the home, teaming old with new and high street with high-end.

Contemporary sculptures neighbour 18th century oil paintings, an IKEA lamp sits next to a family heirloom gilt mirror and a pair of vintage Danish-style armchairs, found on eBay and re-upholstered, pair with a Perspex coffee table from Penny Farthing Design House.

In the bedrooms are luxurious Frette bed linen, a Missoni duvet and colourful Indian block-printed fabrics.

"I've been collecting bed, bath and table linen since I was a teenager," Ms Pearson said.

The home also now houses an impressive lighting collection, sourced from both Australian and English lighting designers.

"This home is filled with things my family loves - it's a mix of texture, colour, pattern and heart," Ms Pearson said.

"I wanted to respect the home's history but embrace the present and future, and celebrate its differences."

Outside, the building's exterior was painted a soft grey. And as they have done with all their homes, the couple have been hands-on with the garden makeover, too.

"The previous owners loved orchids and tropicals and much of the garden was occupied by enormous greenhouses when we moved in," Ms Pearson said.

"We've taken them all down, let in the light, laid a good old-fashioned rolling lawn and planted trees galore, along with 72 rose bushes that ramble, trail and wind their way through the landscape."

Jasmine, frangipani, magnolia, stephanotis and gardenia are among the other plantings.

"We're super happy here with space for us to be together or do our own thing, entertain and have friends to stay, or just hang out and mooch," Ms Pearson said of the finished product.

"But I get restless - number 18 is coming soon, I can feel it in my bones."

Kim Pearson, Suite 3, Chelsea Village, 145 Stirling Highway, Nedlands, 6389 2771, kimpearsoncom.au.

The West Australian

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