Despite its smaller size, The Riva 26 at Highlands estate in Craigieburn has spacious rooms that are comfortable for their functionality.

As a home design with mass appeal for a range of people, Boutique’s Senior Interior Designer Mitra Whittle avoided trends when furnishing the Riva.

The exterior Cape facade pays homage to the Hamptons style, featuring small coastal details, but Mitra didn't want the home to identity as having a full coastal style.

                                Boutique Homes, Cape facade, Riva 26 display home, Highlands Craigieburn, Country hamptons

‘The overall interior concept for the home is modern country which is in-keeping with the style of the façade, but also naturally suits the Craigieburn area, I didn’t want to go full coastal given the home is in-land.’

‘I’ve picked a blue shade but more on the grey spectrum which allowed me to go a little bit outside of Hamptons’.

Mitra has carried the same tones and country feel internally, not wanting to bring in any strong, bold colours, which would also enclose a compact home.

                                Boutique Homes, Cape facade, Riva 26 display home, Highlands Craigieburn, Country hamptons

‘I’ve selected natural timber flooring which complements the warm grey tones and sits comfortably, adjacent to the grey tones of sisal textural carpet and the grey concrete look of the tiled areas’.

‘To further maintain that country, organic and tactile feel, we have placed quite a bit of textured wall papers in soft tones and timber panelling.’

The country theme is captured best with timber panelling to the master bedroom and alcove which has been showcased with tonal colour as opposed to staying with white or a wall colour.

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Panelled door and cabinetry profiling also fall in-line with the country feel and adds so much character to the home.

‘The dining area is quite comfortable’ Mitra said, fitting eight chairs comfortably to the dining table and Mitra introduced some concrete which emphases modern style but also ties in well with the timber and grey toned selections.

The kitchen features the latest Caesarstone bench top with Boutique being the first display home to feature this new selection.

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Mitra says this bench top is so tactile in texture and the amazing array of soft mushrooms and grey veins caters for an extensive spectrum of cabinetry selection.

‘I have selected the panelled profile doors in the modern soft grey to the overheads and White to the base cabinets which blends beautifully with the bench top colour’ she said.

The modern-country concept of the Riva 26 is embodied perfectly with the art selection on display.

                                Boutique Homes, Cape facade, Riva 26 display home, Highlands Craigieburn, Country hamptons

‘The art selections are mainly tranquil landscapes in the moody tones of blues and greys in abstract or photographic subjects - all adding to the country feel of the home’ Mitra said.

Mitra believes that the size is the most important factor when choosing artwork.

‘With smaller homes such as the Riva 26, choose artwork that is proportional to the space they are going in and that they serve the purposes you are intending for that particular space’ advises Mitra.

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