Last week, I was fortunate to host the Queensland launch of Metricon Homes’ Bordeaux residence, which forms one of 8 luxury home designs that falls under the Signature by Metricon collection. The Bordeaux, is as it sounds, a French Chateau-inspired home design that responds to market demand for homes that showcase the best of classic design but that caters to modern needs.
Throughout the formalities, I had the opportunity to interview Metricon’s design director and the senior interior designer about the design process. I was also chuffed to chat to celebrity chef, Pete Evans about his experience in building his own Signature by Metricon home in Sydney, and how he is personalising the design to suit his “simple guy” needs.
The appeal of the Signature by Metricon collection, as a whole, is not just its high-quality fixtures and fittings, but the opportunity for customers to be able customise the design to suit their individual needs and wants. Because, let’s be honest, we’re busy people, and a home design that is sympathetic to our needs, has the potential to help simplify our lives. It’s the reason we pour so much energy into the design phase of our homes. We want and need our homes to work hard for us.
Let’s talk more about the Bordeaux home, specifically. Walking into the display residence, I was greeted by the most elegant and sophisticated spiral staircase that made me feel like I had walked onto the set with Gone with The Wind (just my favourite book of all time (I haven’t seen the movie but can use my imagination)). Beyond the staircase, the house opened up to a large sprawling open plan layout with huge entertainers kitchen (and Butler’s pantry), dining area and casual seating area, with multiple openings to the impressive landscaped outdoor space and pool. Like a good home design should, this home blurs the lines between inside and out, which always creates a feeling of being on holidays.
What I loved most about this home was how it incorporated multiple sitting zones into the design. Maybe it’s because I work from home, but I LOVE a home with multiple lounge areas because it provides opportunities for escape. The casual sitting area incorporated into the dining/kitchen space allows the cook to be able to engage with family and/or friends whilst cooking. The lounge room off the kitchen is more for TV watching but as someone who loathes the sound of the TV, my favourite room in the whole house was the more formal lounge room, which included a built-in fireplace as its centre piece. It was the room I lingered in the most and it would absolutely be ‘my’ room. No TV, just the sound of crackling fireplace! Me, with my laptop, a cup of coffee and an inspired, quiet space is where I am able to work best. Yes, I work from a sofa as opposed to a desk and I hope this to be the case for the rest of my working life.
Upstairs, included four spacious and luxurious bedrooms with ensuite bathrooms and walk-in-robes (WIR) (the master bedroom boasted a (WIR) the size of a small bedroom!). There is no detail spared in these luxury homes and I was a big fan of the aged brass hardware ie. curtain rods and the calm, cohesive colour palette but we need to take a moment for the windows. The windows took my breath away. At first glance I thought they were made from black steel, which would have been impressive in its own right but on looking closer, I had a whole new level of appreciation. The French-style windows were made from the most beautiful rich, dark timber, which added immeasurable richness, character and old-world charm to this modern home.
I could go on but it’s probably best you check out this home or one of the other homes from the Signature range for yourself here. or visit one of the impressive displays around State.