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Every time Thomas Hamel walks through the front door of a house in Melbourne, he looks for changes. But he never finds any. Paintings still
hang on the same hooks, pillows rest plumped and positioned at the
edges of sofas, and seating arrangements remain unchanged. After he
finished designing the interiors of this seven-bedroom home in the
suburb of Toorak, he expected some of the furnishings to be moved or
certain decorative elements altered by the married couple. After all, it
was a new home and the young parents have five active children.
“Even though the house has been finished for awhile, it’s exactly
the same as I left it,” says Hamel, an American-born designer who has
lived and worked (and thrived) in Sydney for more than twenty years.
“It’s a great honor to see that what I’ve done has remained. These are
the kinds of clients who know how to maintain a finished project in such
a caring way. I love going back inside.”
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INTERIOR DESIGN BY THOMAS HAMEL
PRODUCED BY LESLIE NEWSOM RASCOE
PHOTOGRAPHY BY MATT LOWDEN
WRITTEN BY DAVID MASELLO
This story appeared in the Spring 2015 issue of MILIEU.
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