Glosswood featured on The Design Files

Glosswood featured on The Design Files

Interior designer Vanessa Hawes had full control of this residential project. Designing her own home in Canberra, Hawes collaborated with her employer Paul Tilse Architects. Honouring her unique style, the Narrabundah home “is paired back but still tactile and feminine,” she recently told The Design Files. Non-traditional pairing of colours and finishes were explored, as Vanessa played the role of client, as well as designer.

The 1950’s brick house was transformed to have a new modern essence. The new floor-plan allows the family home to have functionality, but also flexibility in the future. “This house encompasses a lot of different aspects of my personality,” says Hawes. An appreciation for colour can be seen, while employing a minimalistic approach. The clean lines of the home allow the vibrant furniture to really “pop”.

The contemporary materials have a feminine feel; with bright furniture selections paired with tactile finishes. With full freedom of finishes in the project, Hawes leant towards materials she knew would add richness. Her preference to use Glosswood stems from an appreciation of using a natural timber that is sustainable and quick to install. The Designer Lining profile was used throughout the dining & living space in satin finish Clear Ash, as well as protected externally in a custom colour. Vanessa Hawes & Paul Tilse have installed Glosswood on numerous Canberra homes, as seen in previous blog posts here and here.


Design: Vanessa Hawes & Paul Tile Architects

Photography: Anne Stroud

Photoshoot Styling: Jane Goodall