JOIE DE VIVRE
Home Beautiful|November 2021
A REFINED PALETTE AND A FLOWING NEW LAYOUT TRANSFORMED THIS SNUG SYDNEY APARTMENT INTO THE IDEAL FAMILY HOME
JESSICA BELLEF

Charmed by the waterside location and 1920s building, Philippa and Simon bought this compact three-bedroom apartment north of Sydney knowing it needed reinventing to accommodate family life with their teenagers, Maya and Finn. For help, the couple approached designer Amanda Monnet-Demarbre of Antipodes Design. “Our clients wanted to create an open, light-filled home that felt more like a house than an apartment,” says Amanda. To achieve this, the living, kitchen and dining spaces have been reworked with a flowing layout that makes the most of the ground-floor apartment’s outdoor area.

With the new layout locked in, Philippa approached Interior designer Alexandra Gourlay-Craig of Vellum Interiors for guidance on the finishing details. “It’s a seamless blend of Art Deco and contemporary styles combined with Philippa’s personal style, which is influenced by a Parisian aesthetic,” Alexandra notes. Striking custom cabinetry also captures all the storage opportunities and enhances daily life. “We had initial concerns about moving a family of four, plus our labrador Jackson, into an apartment,” reflects Philippa (pictured above with Jackson). “But once I saw how the finished rooms were so functional and lovely, it felt like home as soon as we moved in.”

INVITE THE OUTDOORS IN

A row of custom French doors opening onto the patio ensure the dining area (below & opposite), formerly the kitchen, is spacious and airy. “By replacing the old kitchen window with another pair of glass doors, the garden was further invited into the house,” says Amanda. “The perfect northern orientation provides abundant natural light and warmth, and gives the space a relaxed, comfortable feel.” The bespoke table with a Carrara marble top and a custom iron base by Ornamental Ironwork is visually lightweight, as are the glass pendants from Fat Shack Vintage, while an antique French mirror from Philippa’s online store @FindersKeepersTraders bounces daylight around.

KEEP IT SIMPLE

Every decision counts in a compact kitchen, especially when it’s also a highly visible, open space. Integrated appliances, unfussy hardware from Linear Standard and Shaker-style cabinetry painted in the soft, muted tone of Dulux Paramount create a serene and functional zone for cooking and gatherings in this kitchen (below). “The Abi Interiors ‘Elysian’ mixer in Brushed Brass on the island bench was intended to provide a beautiful focal point, like a piece of jewellery that can be seen from other areas of the home,” explains Alexandra. Talostone Super White from Central Coast Granite echoes from the bench to the splashback, and the Oak ‘White Sands’ engineered flooring from Preference Floors that’s used throughout the home adds warmth.

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