IT'S often said that you shouldn't judge a book by its cover – and if ever that rang true it's for the unassuming- looking Richmond Hill home of Kevin and Zahn Slattery.
Unassuming, that is, from the outside, but venturing inside is a true revelation, a mix of old and new, East meets West, of brave colour palettes that really work and an overall sense of incredible style.
And while the front of the house is unassuming, it features a secret Thai-themed garden/sunroom secured by high walls and accessed from the colourful lounge.
"When we bought the house in 2008, it wasn't in bad condition, although the area backing onto an alley needed a lot of attention," said Kevin.
"In fact, Kevin didn't really like the house at first," said Zahn.
"But I looked at it with different eyes, visualising turning the front bedroom into a lounge and knocking down the dividing wall to create an open plan flow," said Zahn.
And while the two other bedrooms (one an en-suite guest room, the other Kevin's office) at the front of the house are somewhat apart from the rest, the free-flowing dream has truly been achieved.
The comfortable lounge, with its red and purple hand-me-down couches, leads seamlessly into the spacious dining room, with carefully selected reds and greens leading the eye past the bar and into the modern kitchen.
The extremely spacious master bedroom leads off the kitchen and has doors accessing the attractive, wind-protected garden and outside entertainment area.
The couple's love affair with Thailand – where they got engaged and try to return to on holiday every year – is very much in evidence throughout the house with Buddhas and calming crystals strategically placed to catch the eye.
With its eclectic (that word again, but it truly sums up this stunning home) mix of hand- me-down furniture, re-upholstered lounge suite and chaise longue, items bought on auction and art works bought on holiday, this is a home that mixes the old and the new with out- standing results.