This 1940s home in Perth’s inner north-western suburb of Leederville has received a sophisticated facelift – designed, constructed and styled by multi-disciplinary design studio and construction company, State of Kin.

State of Kin were tasked with building on a home’s original architectural charm and amplifying its characteristics across a new addition. Redesigning the kitchen, dining, living room, laundry and bathrooms, the design studio have made way for a textural yet contemporary fusion of old and new. 

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The kitchen features a double-half bullnose profile stone bench and Japanese mosaic tile kickers.

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Artedomus Inax Biyusai Japanese tiles define the threshold between the living room and the kitchen.

Stitching Old and New 

Reworking the kitchen, dining, living room, laundry, and bathrooms was something that State of Kin described as a challenge. State of Kin co-founder and director Ara Salomone says they worked “to enhance the home’s original character while infusing it with modern functionality”, fit for contemporary family living. A consistent warmth was achieved through the rich timber used throughout and the pairing of natural textures with sleek contemporary finishes.

The Details

Subtle Art Deco details feature throughout the entire home. From the double-half bullnose profiles to the Versailles stone benchtop to the rounded polished chrome borders, to the bathroom mirrors; each detail is elegant and considered. Fluted glass and the Japanese mosaic-tiled kickers also reflect details characteristic of the Art Deco period. 

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In-built joinery units are double-sided, servicing both rooms.


Versailles stone unravels across various surfaces and up the kitchen, dining and bathroom walls. Ara shares how they used “ribbed glass in strategic areas throughout the space to add a layer of texture and depth while still maintaining a sleek and modern aesthetic”. Spotted gum veneer joinery extends outwards from the kitchen and into the living areas. Paired with ‘mist grey’ carpet, a certain warmth and softness is created, making Scott Street a very cosy little home.

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Carefully selected timber furniture by Adam Cruickshank matches the spotted gum joinery used throughout the home.

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Spotted gum joinery in the dining area.

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Fluted glass creates transparency through joinery elements.

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The Tip of the Tongue wall sconce by Michael Anasstasssiades.

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Versailles stone is used across various spaces in the Scott Street house.

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