Winners revealed: regional interior design award category

HOUSING’s snapshot of the state winners from the residential interior design award category.

Photo courtesy Paul Tilse Architects


Kate Veteri

Paul Tilse Architects | ACT/Southern NSW

The restoration and extension of a 1930s Canberra cottage was designed to maintain the already-existing heritage touches, in conjunction with clean modern lines. This project has been thrust further into the twenty-first century with smart home inclusions and contemporary materials. 

‘This renovation utilises [a combination of] new and recycled materials and was designed for use in any season, with a seamless flow from the living areas to courtyard spaces,’ the judges commented.


Partner: Taylor’s Window Supplies 

ACT 1 Photo courtesy Paul Tilse Architects
ACT 2 Photo courtesy Paul Tilse Architects

Tailored HQ | HUNTER

This townhouse, originally built in 2000, was briefed with the requirement of a ‘cosmetic update’. The client requested a full internal refresh, which resulted in a serene and cultivated colour palette, paired with dark timber flooring.  

The judges noted the comfort and versatility of the space as well as the ‘sophisticated aesthetic…and pops of colour’. 


Partner: Elsworthy Solicitors 

HUNTER 1 Photo courtesy Tailored HQ
HUNTER 2 Photo courtesy Tailored HQ

Ashlee Jones Homes | North QLD

The Manor takes inspiration from its location on the foothills of Walsh's Pyramid, and combines it with natural colours, textures and tones. Catering to a family of nine, this home utilises 'zones' to ensure privacy, functionality and liveability, while indulging in the finest quality fixtures and fittings. 

The judges were drawn to the ‘intelligent design and meticulous workmanship’, framed by the picturesque location, which resulted in a home offering comfortable executive living. 


Partner: CSQ

NQLD 1 Photo courtesy Ashlee Jones Homes
NQLD 2 Photo courtesy Ashlee Jones Homes

Gremmo Homes | NSW

This captivating Nelson home nestles neatly in its rural setting surrounded by a lush backdrop of eucalyptus trees. Nature’s best is also on show inside the home, with glossy dark timbers in the vaulted ceiling, the bar and louvered windows, juxtaposed with the lighter hues in the flooring, benchtops and walls. Likewise the blue stone fireplace and monochrome kitchen provide a sharp, cool counterbalance to the green treescape and pool beyond. The judges commented that the light and dark contrasts ‘provided the home with an attractive and premium quality finish’. 


Partner: Apollo Kitchens 

NSW 1 Photo courtesy Gremmo Homes
NSW 2 Photo courtesy Gremmo Homes

Killarney Homes | NT

This home is a modern build located in Darwin. The statement kitchen features large windows that open up the room to a vertical garden and outlook. Raw timber detailing contrasts with bold blue tiles and copper brushed fixtures, elements which continue to great effect into the bathroom. ‘This design has a great layout. It’s modern and has a unique selection of finishes and materials that display a high level of detail,’ the judges explained.  


NT 2 Photo courtesy Killarney Homes
NT 1 Photo courtesy Killarney Homes

Ultraspace | QLD

James Bond evokes powerful images of class and luxury, and the judges feel that this project exudes nothing less. The spectacular ensuite features a full floor-to-ceiling wrap around mosaic in copper with a glamorous chandelier to illuminate the space. This extension to a pre-existing home, including a bedroom, two walk-in wardrobes and a library, sits compactly above the garage which the judges feel ‘make the overall presence of this space feel like a luxe high-end hotel’.

Interior designer: www.ultraspace.com.au 

Builder: www.stewarthomes.com.au

Partner: Guests 

QLD 2 Photo courtesy Ultraspace
QLD 1 Photo courtesy Ultraspace

Queensland's new awards program  

HIA Queensland offers an awards program celebrating the best in interior design, decoration and styling. Builders and designers are encouraged to enter.



Desyn Homes | SA

Making a grand entrance with an exquisite oversized copper front door, this home’s extension continues to impress along a wide hallway lined with exposed brick and steel-framed windows before stepping down into the kitchen and living space. This area marries provincial and modern charm, balancing timber, marble, metal and detailed glass elements. 


Partner: Harvey Norman Commercial Division SA

SA 2 Photo courtesy Desyn Homes
SA 1 Photo courtesy Desyn Homes

Find & Design | TAS

This renovated Tasmanian smart home was opened up to create a more light-filled domain. A number of side walls were removed, exposing structural beams and dramatic angles that are mirrored in the ceiling feature and kitchen island. The bathroom features a skylight above the curved shower recess that is stunningly tiled in a striking peony mural, while double glazing and low–E glass throughout ensures energy efficient and spatial living.


Partner: Simmons Wolfhagen Lawyers

TAS 1 Photo courtesy Find & Design
TAS 2 Photo courtesy Find & Design

Jasmine McClelland Design | VIC

Set upon the beautiful cliffs of Mt Martha, this contemporary home provides luxury and comfort with a poolside garden entrance and sweeping views of the ocean that can be seen from the open plan kitchen, living and dining area. The pale timber flooring and stairs lead down to a moody bar lit with LED lights and featuring walls made of extruding brick, lined with a sophisticated wine rack. 


Partner: Dial Before You Dig 

VIC 1 Photo courtesy Jasmine McClelland Design
VIC 2 Photo courtesy Jasmine McClelland Design

Arklen | WA

This home experiments with a brave assortment of raw materials to achieve an industrial interior style. Burnished concrete flooring, a custom concrete island bench and off form concrete walls stand out against recycled brick walls and the handmade paving tile laid in a herringbone pattern throughout the open-plan kitchen and alfresco areas. Brushbox timber panelling adds further touches of warmth. 


Partner: Ford & Doonan Air Conditioning 

WA 1 Photo courtesy Arklen Developments
WA 2 Photo courtesy Arklen Developments

2020 regional award entry 

HIA’s regional housing awards now acknowledges the wonders of interior design. The award recognises members in the industry who showcase the latest consumer trends, demonstrate innovation and produce high standard designs. The 2019 winners of the regional HIA Residential Interior Design Awards demonstrated quality workmanship and creative interpretation.

Submissions now open in the 2020 regional awards at www.hia.com.au


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