When Greg Natale got the call for a new job in Melbourne, he was on a research trip to Paris. Inspiration was not difficult to find, surrounded as I was by the beauty of the City of Light—so many arches and swaths of maroon—with so many arches and swaths of maroon. After seeing the lavish use of jewel tones—particularly pink and maroon—on Natale's walls, the proprietors of a high-end watch and jewelry company appropriately requested for their extravagant use.

The 4,000-square-foot penthouse apartment in Toorak's renowned Melbourne suburb required the interior to be made more grandiose after being filled with an uninspiring minimalist shell. Because the property was a prototype apartment, it offered an almost clean slate. But it also meant that it was balanced, according to Natale. My customers aren't impartial individuals, he explains. “They're a young couple with a lot of creativity.

After taking the owners' love of rich and variegated hues, as well as the exquisite sheen of brass, Natale began a process of luxurious layering and decorating. The doors remain, but the original traditional entrance is replaced with a dramatic mirrored entry that opens into a series of arches to create several rooms. A fireplace, joinery, kitchen benchtops, bathroom vanities, finishes, and furniture have been added throughout. The light oak floors and the warm, earthy tones of the peach walls complement one another. The fluted white lacquer paneling on the walls evokes the spirit of '80s-era *Dynasty–*style opulence.The dining room, with Gucci Heron wallpaper, offers a delicate cocooning effect in the guest bedroom's and dressing room's wallpaper. “I adore the dining area. The Gucci wallpaper is beautiful yet practical,” Natale explains. The shade is used to tie everything together and make it look cohesive. The color also accentuates the rich wood tones of the room while complementing them with cool tones in the rest of the space, as well as white accents. In fact, pink is probably his favorite hue. Pink hues are provided by the beautiful materiality of Calacatta Viola marble. The kitchen features maroon enamel work and lacquered fluting, as well as lacquer-coated joinery in the living room and primary bedroom.