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Australian House & Garden Magazine|May 2021
Colour, texture and scene-stealing wallpapers are the making of this beautifully renovated 1920s family home in Sydney.
Georgia Madden

THIS IS THE LIFE

When a home has such an incredible view, it’s all too easy to forget the interiors, says interior designer Brett Mickan. here, colour, texture and artworks help create spaces that are interesting in their own right, preventing the view from dominating. “each room reveals special moments,” says Brett. “It’s lovely to see how the spaces spill out so naturally to the outdoors, but it can also be closed up for a cosy, cocooning home when the weather is dreary.”

KITCHEN Iksel wallpaper, Boyac. Island topped with Caesarstone White Attica. Oven, Miele. Wine fridge, Vintec. &Tradition ‘The Pavilion’ stools, Cult. Articolo Lighting ‘Moni’ pendant, Est Lighting. Bolon ‘BKB Sisal’ vinyl flooring, The Andrews Group.

LIVING The artwork is a photograph homeowner Clive took while travelling. The decorative plates are family heirlooms. White side table, Fred International. Black side table, Boyd Blue. Lamp, Bragg & Co. Blue pot, Jardan. Yellow pot, Blu Dot.

DINING Dining table, owners’ own. Poltrona Frau ‘Archibald’ dining chairs, Cult. Vintage chandelier, The Vault Sydney. Custom credenza by Bespoke Creations. Kizu table lamp, New Works. White planter, Lightly. Handvark Studio floor lamp, Fred International. Original leadlight windows.

HALL Table, owners’ own. Vintage mirror, Lunatiques. Florence Broadhurst runner, Tappeti.

LIVING Brunschwig & Fils Wood-Bark wallcovering, Elliott Clarke. Central Australia 2 by Loretta Blake, Art2Muse Gallery. Armchairs and vintage writing desk, owners’ own. Bosko sofa, Jardan. Rug, Tappeti.

It’s the stuff of renovation nightmares... Homeowners Clive and Sarah spent a year renovating and extending their 1920s brick home on Sydney’s Lower North Shore only to find that the reality fell short of their vision. Unsure how to fix it, the couple, who live here with their children Holly, 13, and Alex, 12, turned to interior designer Brett Mickan for help. “They couldn’t pinpoint why, but it just didn’t feel right,” says Brett. “The whole scheme was very flat and austere, with lots of grey and hard edges. They’re a young, active family and it didn’t reflect their personalities.”

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