Mid-century style meets contemporary artistry in this Fairfield home.

By Danielle Pope

Photographs by Joshua Lawrence

The living area combines mid-century motifs with contemporary design elements, such as the striking coffee tables from West Elm. A ceramic sculptural piece by artist Jerry Rothman, sourced from Polychrome Gallery, adds a creative mid-century touch. The wallpaper accent wall in Heliodor in Xanadu by Arte creates drama when paired with Pablo Design’s Solis black pendant lamps from Gabriel Ross. Younger Furniture sofas from Luxe Home Interiors showcase accent pillows in Escotilla and Echo, two fabrics designed by Iván Meade.

Carol Tastad and her husband Garth wanted to downsize from their modern three-storey Victoria home, and had been searching for an ideal one-level in Fairfield when they found a townhouse, hidden just behind a hedge off the street.

Save for a few updates, the 70s-style building was everything they wanted, complete with space for a garden and a strata community that would ensure this home could last into their advanced years. Thanks to the work of Meade Design Group, the Tastads were able to bring the space into their focus.

Texture and pattern are important elements in the master bedroom. The horizontal pattern of the Oak Iron Springs floor juxtaposes with the lines of the oversized shades and the repeating draperies in Textura II fabric designed by Iván Meade. Glass table lamps, a bedside bench from Article and custom-made, mid-century-themed furniture pieces bring the bedroom into harmony with the furnishings in the rest
of the house.

“We needed a home we could look forward to aging in,” says Carol Tastad. “Our previous place was very modern, with an open floor plan, and we needed more wall space for our growing art collection — plus, we wanted to pay tribute to the mid-century style we loved.”

Tastad hoped to combine mid-century flair with a modern approach in the 1,800-square-foot home. She was excited to have separate rooms again, and the couple worked with principal designer Iván Meade and team to create adaptations around the building that would allow the home to evolve into their vision.

“There was a lot to change to make this home comfortable and functional, and also blend mid-century charm with contemporary style,” says Meade. “We wanted the furniture and the art to be the stars of the space, which meant the rest of the house had to work around that.”

Meade’s team made important alterations to the building, like removing the carpets and installing herringbone, brushed oak wood flooring, as well as trading the bathtubs for modern showers, adding doors to separate the kitchen from the dining area and installing waterfall cupboards.

The team also enhanced lighting by adding skylights and an extra window in the kitchen, as well as an array of pendant lamps. Finally, wall space throughout the hallway was maximized by changing the floor layout so it could be used as a gallery.

“We wanted the space to be homey and private, but also one that the clients could use to entertain,” says Meade. “The art collection needed to pop, so we understated the other colours in the rooms in a way that would make each piece the focal point.”

The warm palette carries into the dining area, with the Kentwood brushed Oak Lynnwood engineered hardwood in a herringbone pattern. An organic sculpture from Monarch Furnishings adds drama. The chairs are vintage pieces from The Fabulous Find, and the chandelier from Artcraft is finished in black with clear glass. The recessed Napoleon Vector 50 double-sided propane fireplace is sleek and contemporary, with a stainless steel flush frame and heavy lines.

Meade used soft greys, creams and light blues, with heavy accents in black, glass and chrome. The effect makes the smaller space feel remarkably large. The dining area was also reconfigured to create movement in the home, thanks to the removal of a wall. A custom-designed quartz propane fireplace was added in the living area.

He tackled a few non-functional nooks and crannies, and repurposed them for built-in closets or appliances. The walk-in pantry in the kitchen became home to the refrigerator.

Stylish yet comfortable recliners were placed as centrepieces of the living area, with mid-century teakwood and walnut tables highlighting the space. Meade used fabric and texture as a way to bring a more dynamic nature to each room, including pillows and curtains from his own design collection.

“The way to create a real ‘wow’ moment is with texture, and we wanted fabrics that had a marbleized feel to them,” Meade says.

“The black-and-white fabrics tie all of the elements together but also create something different.”

Tastad says she and Garth have a lot of new “favourite parts” about their home, from the 100-year-old walkway and heritage garden out back, to a particular chair in the living room that basks in the sun and offers a beautiful place to sit and read.

The kitchen is a play on texture, from the feature wall in fabric to the herringbone pattern in the engineered oak floor to the Prunelle black “flowerpot” pendant lights over the island. Apollo quartz from Stone Couture is used on the countertops and island to create a marbled look. Jason Good created custom cabinets with slab-style doors, integrated handles, metal drawers and customized interiors.

“All of our rooms are very functional, and it feels like we can really enjoy our place and our art. It’s the centrepiece of our home — not just something that fits the room,” says Tastad. “We wanted a space that was much cozier, and now that’s what we have.”

Meade Design Group

Construction Manager:
Horizon Pacific Contracting

Custom Millwork:
Jason Good Custom Cabinets

Finishing Carpentry:
Horizon Pacific Contracting

Kitchen/Bathroom Millwork:
Jason Good Custom Cabinets

Stone Age Marble & Granite

Amiras Painting

Tile Installation:
Creative Style Tile & Stone

Good Grade Plumbing & Gas Co.

Amped Electrical Contracting


This article is from the January/February 2019 issue of YAM.