A Bright Warm Welcome

Interior designer Adrian Micallef took on this house in shell form which meant creating a home from a space that was devoid of personality. The homeowners brief revolved around materials and mood, leaving the particulars to Adrian to decide upon. ‘Their brief was that they wanted an airy, light house with a touch of fun,’ he says. ‘They also liked my idea to combine an industrial effect of exposed concrete and American walnut.’
Before he could get down to the finer details, however, he had to make the structure resemble a home. ‘It was a large and technical project, the electricity and plumbing needed a great deal of planning’ he says. ‘Working with a large open space where concrete pillars and beams were required, the design of the soffits and ceiling needed careful thought and preparation as the design involved exposing some of the concrete.’
On the facade he added insulation to alleviate the heat in summer and the cold in winter. Grey marble was also used on the exterior, giving the property a touch of style and elegance.
In arranging the internal space, Adrian chose a large, open-plan ground floor, the kitchen at one end, leading onto the dining area and the living room beyond making the space comfortable, airy and well laid out whether just for everyday living or entertaining guests.
Along with the open-plan living area, large apertures that look out over the garden along with a double-height ceiling over the kitchen, give a real sense of space. Despite such a large volume, however, Adrian managed to create warmth by choosing materials which included wood-effect tiles and American walnut cladding. The added texture of the concrete ceiling works to keep the space feeling unique and interesting.
The kitchen is given the wow factor with a custom designed light, like most of the furniture and fittings, designed by Adrian. Extending down through the double-height space, it adds an eye-catching sculptural element to the space.
Concealing less attractive structural features included hiding the concrete stairs that lead up to the first floor. ‘You could see them as soon as you walked in and I immediately knew I could turn them into a feature,’ says Adrian. So he built a false wall and clad it in wood, and also designed a window within an existing wall through which you can see the stairs, but which also allows light to pass through.
The colour palette is neutral with blues and a splash of yellow. ‘I wanted blue to reflect the sky and the pool,’ says Adrian. ‘And the yellow sparks it up a bit, and it makes it feel fun and happy.’