February 13, 2020 | Products Projects
Smartstone helps brighten up the Mirabel House

Featured colour: Carrara
Interior Design: Diane Bergeron
Project: Mirabel House

In support of a good cause, Smartstone had raised its hand to help build the new headquarters for the Mirabel Foundation, an Australian charity dedicated to support children orphaned or abandoned due to parental drug abuse.

Operating for 21 years, the Mirabel Foundation currently has 26 staff who provide counselling services and outreach programs for an increasing number of children aged zero to 17 and their carers in VIC and NSW.

With such a tremendous task, the Mirabel Foundation needed a bigger area of operations to fulfil its mission. Through years of fundraising and generosity of many supporters, the foundation now found a new home in St Kilda. After 12 months of renovations, Mirabel House has opened its doors the constituents it has vowed to serve.

To achieve the design vision for this meaningful project, Mirabel Foundation founder and CEO Jane Rowe sought long-time Mirabel supporter, interior designer Diane Bergeron.

Jane briefed Diane that the house “needed to be welcoming and homely, while also being a fully functional office space”.

Upon specification of Diane, Smartstone joined in and provided kitchen benchtops in the main kitchen and kitchenette for staff.

“I’ve always loved the look of classic white marble for kitchen and bathroom benchtops. Smartstone has created the most natural-looking quartz products available so I was thrilled when they very generously provided the benchtops for the kitchen and kitchenette for my Mirabel House Project,” says Diane.

For those spaces, Diane picked Smartstone Carrara which perfectly replicates marble with its subtle, random veining on a luminous white background.

Fully equipped to cater for events, the Mirabel House kitchen requires heavy duty material that can withstand the busy nature of the foundation. The kitchenette on the third floor is mainly for staff use.

“Aesthetics aside, Smartstone’s durability and practicality appealed too – something particularly important in these spaces due to the high-level of use. The kitchen and kitchenette will be loved by hard-working staff for many years to come!”

Mirabel Foundation
Australian House & Garden – Homes to Love
Photography: Kristina Šoljo
Styling: Shayne Burton & Sophie Wilson



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