One for the colour-lovers: A tour through Paul’s Place

Mustard yellow living room with unique fireplace


If colour is your thing, this is the home tour for you! The team from The Stylesmiths have done it again with Paul’s Place. A home that marries style, sophistication and colour galore.

Designed to spark conversation and inspire, Paul’s Place is not a home you’re likely to forget in a hurry!

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Mustard walls in living room with green sofas
Green kitchen cabinetry

Completed at the start of 2020, this revamped home proved to be the perfect retreat for the owner during lockdown.

Paul’s Place started life as a 1950s home. Up-cycled and relocated, owner Paul moved it to the seaside town of Rye on the Mornington Peninsular in Victoria.

Hidden amongst the coastal tea trees and banksias, the home celebrates its natural surrounds by bringing the outside in at every opportunity.

It maintains its original weatherboard facade — a nod to the home’s first life. Its stunning transformation is thanks to Nicole Rutherford from The Stylesmiths.

[We’ve] been able to retain and incorporate elements of the past in a completely modern way.

Paul — home owner

Olive green kitchen
Gas strut window from kitchen to outdoors
Outdoor deck with gas strut window

The original dark, box-like layout was completely flipped on its head. The result was a new, bright and colourful flowing home.

For Paul’s Place, he wanted a home that harnessed a desire for constant dinner parties and friends. An open floor plan emerged creating an uninterrupted flow between the areas of congregation.

To achieve a more conversational living area, the kitchen was moved to allow for more room and the third bedroom, repurposed. The living area now flows all the way out onto the back deck.

The uniquely bold kitchen features moss-green cabinetry and black wall-mounted appliances, creating a sleek yet truely unique space.

An indoor/outdoor breakfast bar with hydraulic awning window opens to the outside porch adding space and light. The perfect spot to spend every morning and afternoon, enjoying the sunshine and endless connections with nature.

Mustard yellow living room with unique fireplace
Large window with view of bushland

It’s hard to go past the bold living space with its golden walls and collections of books, quirky trinkets and artworks.

The lounge room was designed and styled with a soul purpose in mind… relaxation. By facing the furniture inwards, the space immediately becomes more inviting, begging for you to sit, get comfy and relax.

Centred around the wood fireplace and surrounded by books, it feels calm and cosy. Yet importantly, still connects you to the rugged outdoors through a large nature-viewed window.

[My new home feels] distinctly mine. Shoes off and feet up, ready to relax, entertain or be creative.

Paul — home owner

Photography — Gus MacDonald Photography
Interior Design
The Stylesmiths
Lead Designer Nicole Rutherford

We loved taking a look through Paul’s Place with its unique design and strong colour palette. Did you have a favourite feature? And would you ever be brave enough to go for a kitchen like this? Or paint your living room a golden mustard? Tell us in the comment section below!

You can discover more stylish homes from The Stylesmiths team on their website or via their Instagram page.

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Photographic artwork in green kitchen





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