From the statement lighting in the entry to the graphic floor tiles grounding the outdoor room at the rear, interior designer Lauren Mahoney of Studio Trio has created beauty and interest from every angle in this heritage home in Sydney’s north. For Lauren, founder and creative director of Sydney interior design firm Studio Trio, the brief was clear when she was enlisted by owners Kate and Andrew to give the mid-1920s home a top-to-toe overhaul. “Kate loves fashion and wanted the home to be quite edgy and modern with a twist of classic,” says Lauren. “It was to have a masculine and contemporary undertone, but with an element of femininity.”
In its pre-makeover state, the home was certainly in a liveable condition for the couple and their two young children. It was clear, however, that it presented far from its best. “The house was definitely quite tired, with everything in cream and beige,” says Lauren. “It was dated and lacked finesse.” Over a six-month period, Lauren’s vision was brought to life. The home is now as welcoming as it is sophisticated, with soft sprinklings of color, luxe materials and exquisite detailing set against a striking monochrome base.
The kitchen (right) is a textural triumph with custom-paneled joinery delivering the classic backdrop to showstopper slabs of New York marble. “As Kate and Andrew have a young family, we decided to only put the marble, which is more prone to staining, on the vertical surfaces – the island front, splashback, and rangehood,” says Lauren. Essastone ‘Caolino’ is used on the island benchtop. “You still have the wow factor in the room of the marble, but don’t have to worry about marks on the bench,” says Lauren. “It’s the best of both worlds.”
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