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AMMOS - Kayla Itsines' Tranquil Home by Hong Henwood Design & Karen Leech Architects

In the serene heart of Adelaide's inner south, a century-old gentleman's bungalow has undergone a remarkable transformation, guided by a vision of elegance and serenity. Nestled away from the bustling global stage, the bungalow's renovation stands as a testament to the artistry of interior designer Hong Henwood and the architectural brilliance of Karen Leech Architects.


A close-up view of the exquisite Soktas hand-blown lighting in the ensuite bathroom. The delicate glasswork and warm lighting and handcrafted concrete Slip basin create a focal point of sophistication and elegance.


The journey of rejuvenation began in 2017 when the bungalow found its new owner, high-profile personal trainer Kayla Itsines. Her aim was to create a space that exuded warmth and sophistication, a place where visitors would instantly feel at ease.


A close-up of the ensuite bathroom vanity area, showcasing the beautiful Slip basins by Nood Co in Ivory, fluted glass, and steel doors. The Soktas hand-blown lighting adds a touch of sophistication and warmth to the space.


"I want someone to walk into my house and feel like they can sit on the couch," she explains. "That was the first thing; it was a feeling. And then I was like, 'I need light and bright but not a dentistry.' I want warm. I want you to feel like you're walking into a luxury boutique hotel in every single room."


A spacious ensuite bathroom featuring a Zenn Design bed, a window seat with a view of lush surroundings, and elegant Soktas hand-blown lighting. The bathroom is adorned with fluted glass and steel doors, and Slip basins by Nood Co in Ivory, creating a luxurious and serene atmosphere.


The transformation was a meticulous endeavor, starting with the removal of the dark jarrah floors and the painted exposed paneling overhead. In their place emerged custom blonde timber floors and a palette of earthy concrete tones, filling each room with an ambiance of opulence and radiance. The bungalow's high ceilings, an unexpected delight given its modest stone entry, were further bathed in natural light with the introduction of skylights.


A perspective of the ensuite bathroom's walk-in wardrobe with curved timber joinery, offering a seamless transition into the luxurious bathroom space. The design elements complement each other to create a cohesive and stylish environment.


The bathrooms of the home seamlessly blend functionality with exquisite design. The Primary Bathroom is accessed through a walk-in wardrobe featuring curved timber joinery, the ensuite exudes a five-star experience. The room showcases a Zenn Design bed, a window seat overlooking the lush surroundings, and an en-suite bathroom adorned with Soktas hand-blown lighting, fluted glass and steel doors, and Slip basins by Nood Co in Ivory.


An overall view of the spacious ensuite bathroom, highlighting the harmonious combination of design elements, including the Zenn Design bed, window seat, Soktas hand-blown lighting, fluted glass and steel doors, and the Slip basins by Nood Co in Ivory. The bathroom exudes an atmosphere of opulence and tranquility, making it a true retreat.


The AMMOS Bungalow is not just a residence; it's a sanctuary of refined aesthetics and tasteful design. It is a place where the past and present coalesce, resulting in a haven of elegance and serenity, hidden away in Adelaide's picturesque inner south.


Photography by Brock Beazley Photography.