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Savvy Renovator Combines Home and Office

The concept of home is changing just as fast as the way we work. Matthew Smith of Ray White Real Estate provides inspiration for a way forward.

Janice Kumar-Ward from Macintosh Harris Design worked with Matthew to convert a two-storey Victorian villa in Devonport into a beautiful home which also acts as the hub of his busy real estate practice. 

The detail of the restoration is exquisite; the building was stripped back to its bones and then lovingly rebuilt and refurnished with furniture and fittings which reference the provenance of the home.

Blurring the distinction between home and office, the front entrance invites you into the living room and kitchen which serves as a hub of the home and also as an office and entertainment space for associates and clients. 

The selection of luxury materials for the kitchen - Arabescato marble for bench tops and handcrafted brass fittings – add a glamour which is a far-cry from the conventional corporate space. 

Brass taps manufactured by Perrin & Rowe artisans in the UK and the traditionally crafted English Armac Martin Queslett handles not only reflect the heritage of the building but also offer a homely warmth.  Coffee is made in abundance so the deep farmhouse sink helps to keep the clean-up from client view.

The bathrooms resonate with the honest heritage of the place - exceptional time-honoured fittings from Perrin & Rowe mirror the strong bones and timelessness of the property.

If you follow the mantra ‘start as you mean to go on’ Matthew Smith sets a standard to aspire to; he has taken renovation to a new dimension with his home-based business shaking things up as a leader in imaginative living for a modern age.


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