Harcourt House

An elegant, breezy box to hold bold graphic art. A purposeful, functional family home.





Tom Blachford


Completed while director of meme

Harcourt House decorative details
Elegant living room interior design by Megan Hounslow
Abstract kitchen wall art

The art collector client approached us seeking an honest renovation to her Art Deco home; built in the 1930s and remodelled in the 80s. Gently navigating these historic interventions, we created an intentionally unadorned gallery-like space, where each of her treasured pieces could find its right place.

Our response encompasses the living area, kitchen and entertaining space, butler’s pantry, bathroom and laundry. With respect for its original heritage character, we met the home’s classic features with a timeless design, supporting her penchant for clean lines and functionality. The black polished marble fireplace, a definitively Deco flourish, forms an opulent focal point within the pared back, airy interior.

Black bathware bathroom design in Harcourt house by Megan Hounslow
Variegated white marbled walls, kitchen space designed by Megan Hounslow
Airy kitchen interior by Megan Hounslow

A palette of high quality, enduring materials includes stained Tasmanian oak floors and wonderfully variegated white marble. Custom joinery provides a clean, minimal facade for concealing back-of-house storage areas, with a fine steel powder-coated shelf to display a selection of adored objects.

Our utilitarian approach to operational areas extends to the bathroom – straightforward yet chic. Black bathware brings crisp focus and bold form to the space lined in white marble tile, to form a crisp, classic inner sanctum. 

Parents, children and guests can enjoy separate spaces to live, work and relax, in a home centred on purposeful connection. The positioning of robust living spaces both indoors and out invite organic social interaction throughout the property.