Little WONDER
Australian House & Garden Magazine|December 2021
The unassuming facade of this cottage in Sydney’s inner west offers few clues to the design magic beyond the front door.
Judy Pascoe

KITCHEN/DINING The kitchen and dining are part of a new pavilion linked to the old cottage by a courtyard. Glassware and cutlery, The Bay Tree. K.H. Wurtz dinnerware, Ondene. B&B Italia ‘Jens’ stools, Space. Lights, D-Lighting. Bosch ‘Series 6’ oven, LG ‘GF-B590PL’ refrigerator, Franke ‘Verona’ mixer tap and Zip ‘HydroTap G4’ tap, all Harvey Norman. Carrara marble benchtop, Surface Studio. Spotted-gum flooring, Sydney Timber Supplies (throughout). EXTERIOR Garden by Black Shadow Gardens.

FESTIVE SPIRIT Tony and Corinne are excited to be hosting Christmas lunch this year. “The build was such a family affair so it will be really nice to have family fill the house and see them enjoy the space after all their hard work and support,” says Corinne. The silver birch in the central courtyard, which has thrived and flourished through spring, is now covered with leafy foliage, “so we’ll decorate that as our Christmas tree”.

LIVING Gubi ‘TS’ coffee table and Lampadaire Droit floor lamp by Serge Mouille, both Cult Design. An existing sofa is dressed with scatter cushions from Tigger Hall Design. Cane armchair, Parterre. Sculpture, The Vault Sydney. Bowls, Ondene. Vase, Hub Furniture. Mot Juste artwork by Michael Cusack, Olsen Gallery. DINING No.18 and No.811 Hoffmann dining chairs, all Thonet. The dining table is part of the owners’ existing collection. Suspension light, D-Lighting. Candlestick, Montmartre Store. K.H. Wurtz dinnerware, Ondene. Nanimarquina ‘Capas 1’ rug, Cult Design.

While Corinne Maluccio was enjoying her hens’ party in 2016, she didn’t realise her future husband Tony was off buying their first home.

The single-storey Victorian-era semi in Sydney’s inner west had sat abandoned for about 16 years and was in need of a makeover. Fortunately, Tony is a residential architect – and the founder of Dacca Group – and his father and brother are builders, so they helped to make the house liveable for the couple to move in.

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