Sometimes grand plans don’t come to fruition but what occurs instead ends up being the perfect outcome. This was the case for the owners of this home in Sydney’s eastern suburbs. Their original intention was to do a massive structural renovation on the three-bedroom 1930s house. However, the costings were a little steep and so they realigned their vision to concentrate instead on making the interiors as beautiful and workable as possible.
Interior designer Meryl Hare, principal of Hare + Klein, was engaged by the owners to make the best use of the house without increasing the footprint. “The home had been altered over the years in an ad-hoc fashion and there was no flow or logic to the layout,” says Meryl. She set to work to reposition rooms, relocate the staircase and introduce a youthful vitality to suit the family that includes two young children.
With a standout location, perched atop a cliff overlooking the ocean on one side and a potential beach view on the other, the home had plenty in its favour. The plain, square lines of its architecture actually assisted in the reinvention of the interior. The original floorplan was outdated, with an enclosed kitchen set back from the living room and the steep, tight staircase positioned almost at the front door. Furthermore, the main bedroom was located in the converted loft – a cramped and inadequate space.
These pages, from left Kitchen benchtop and splashback in Brescia Capria Royal marble from Worldstone. Rangehood and overhead cupboard in Nickel Smooth Texture in ‘Pearl Patina’ from Axolotl. Joinery in re-toned fumed oak from George Fethers. Rakumba ‘Highline’ pendant light from Design Nation. Fisher & Paykel oven, Pitt cooktop and Zip HydroTap from Winning Appliances. Strong curved lines in the furnishings are juxtaposed against the square shape of the house. Bold hero sofa is ‘Valley’ from Jardan. Louise Olsen ‘Seed Pod’ rug from Designer Rugs. Pinch ‘Nim Crystalline’ coffee table and Nichetto ‘Laurel’ side table, both from Spence & Lyda. Custom pink wall sculpture by Dion Horstmans. Gubi ‘Beetle’ dining chairs and ‘3D’ bar stools from Cult and custom table with marble insets by Hare + Klein.
This page, clockwise from top The living area enjoys mesmerising views of the ocean. ‘Valley’ sofa from Jardan. Gubi ‘Beetle’ chairs and ‘3D’ bar stools from Cult. Custom dining table and bench seat by Hare + Klein. Gabriel Scott ‘Luna’ chandelier in rose pink and gold from Est Lighting. Polished concrete floor. Splashback and benchtop in the bar area in Brescia Capria Royal marble from Worldstone. Joinery in Dulux ‘Forest Fruit Pink’. Jan Juc outdoor table and ‘Darwin’ chairs from Eco Outdoor. Terrace tiled in Garonne tumbled limestone from Eco Outdoor.
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