THE REVEAL: NEW LIFE FOR A GRAND OLD DAME

Our brief for this stunning project was to modernise and increase the functionality of an old Victorian terrace, to better suit the needs and style of a young modern family.

Over the years, renovations during the 1970s, 80s and 90s had masked the beauty of this grand dame. When we stripped back the layers, we discovered that what lay beneath was a stunning original home, worthy of celebration and restoration. We decided to reinstate the original architectural details where possible. The details, finishes, fireplaces and sandstone walls became the centrepiece for the design.

An elegant foyer proudly reveals some strong features such as the new timber floor, wall paneling and sculptural pendant light.

An elegant foyer proudly reveals some strong features such as the new timber floor, wall paneling and sculptural pendant light.

To complement the exposed architectural details, the selection of finishes and textures that we re-instated were considerate of the heritage. This allowed for the original sandstone, mouldings and fireplaces to be the heart of the home.

The sandstone is revealed and celebrated, it becomes a warm feature that adds another layer of texture to the house.

The sandstone is revealed and celebrated, it becomes a warm feature that adds another layer of texture to the house.

Part of the concept to reimagine this home for a young family involved reworking the floor plans. Spaces were re-located and re-appropriated to ensure the home had a practical and functional flow. Engaging all spaces was paramount, allowing every family member space for privacy and connection. The new floor plans enabled us to create a guest wing, au pair quarters, a large rumpus room with bar and kitchenette as well as a large kitchen connected to the family room. Relocating the laundry allowed for an extended master suite with a luxurious walk in robe and an enviable ensuite. 

We have redefined the formal living spaces and the casual living areas and carefully selected each element of the furnishing.

We have redefined the formal living spaces and the casual living areas and carefully selected each element of the furnishing.

Soft and elegant master bedroom is highlighted by antique pieces, dramatic artwork and gold accessories.

Soft and elegant master bedroom is highlighted by antique pieces, dramatic artwork and gold accessories.

Generous wall light fittings complement a simple and yet luxurious master ensuite.

Generous wall light fittings complement a simple and yet luxurious master ensuite.

Each child has thier own personalised bedroom . . . and the result is absolutely gorgeous!

Each child has thier own personalised bedroom . . . and the result is absolutely gorgeous!

See the full Project Album
All images via ©Alexandra Kidd Design

 

INSIDE THE SILVER SCREEN

While we have been keeping warm in style this season, it has been the perfect opportunity to enjoy some time indoors, rugged up on our comfortable lounges in front of a roaring fire, covered in the softest blankets of winter-y hues. The fanatics have been watching Game of Thrones or House of Cards, others have been re-watching Hollywood classics, but we have all been keeping an eye out for our favourite interiors in films. From Italian luxury to mid-century modern, the Hamptons to Paris, take a look through our list and see if you can find some inspiration for your home from our selection of films. Sit back, relax and enjoy . . . 

ALEX LOVES

Villa Necchi comes to mind for Alex, the stunning villa sets a luxuriously dramatic scene for the ravishing production I Am Love directed by Luca Guadagnino and starring Tilda Swinton. 

Villa Necchi comes to mind for Alex, the stunning villa sets a luxuriously dramatic scene for the ravishing production I Am Love directed by Luca Guadagnino and starring Tilda Swinton. 

FINOLA LOVES

The directorial debut of A Single Man by fashion designer Tom Ford generated much interest, but it was the setting -  the iconic Schaffer residence, a 1949 redwood design by American modernist Architect John Lautner - that drew Finola to this film. 

The directorial debut of A Single Man by fashion designer Tom Ford generated much interest, but it was the setting -  the iconic Schaffer residence, a 1949 redwood design by American modernist Architect John Lautner - that drew Finola to this film. 

STUART LOVES

The house from Something's Gotta Give is one of Stuart's favourites - classically Hamptons style with a light and bright luxurious palette sets the tone for this hilarious film. 

The house from Something's Gotta Give is one of Stuart's favourites - classically Hamptons style with a light and bright luxurious palette sets the tone for this hilarious film. 

The dynamic duo and (former) partners in crime Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie create a stylish, sexy home in Mr and Mrs Smith.. One could say it is a house to kill for!

The dynamic duo and (former) partners in crime Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie create a stylish, sexy home in Mr and Mrs Smith.. One could say it is a house to kill for!

JESSICA LOVES

Jess fell in love with The Great Gatsby by Baz Luhrmann, the stunning and spectacular art deco interiors show off the luxurious and timeless style of the 20th century at its best. 

Jess fell in love with The Great Gatsby by Baz Luhrmann, the stunning and spectacular art deco interiors show off the luxurious and timeless style of the 20th century at its best. 

Jess also loves the masculine, moody and minimalist interior from Roman Polanski's The Ghost Writer, with an incredible connection between the architecture and the landscape. 

Jess also loves the masculine, moody and minimalist interior from Roman Polanski's The Ghost Writer, with an incredible connection between the architecture and the landscape. 

JULIA LOVES

Julia swoons over Carrie and Big's New York apartment in Sex and the City 2 - mid-century modern with all the trimmings. 

Julia swoons over Carrie and Big's New York apartment in Sex and the City 2 - mid-century modern with all the trimmings. 

Who could forget the Spanish hacienda-style ranch that Meryl Streep owned in the romantic comedy It's Complicated?! Julia loves the vaulted ceilings, tiled roof, the wide verandah and a kitchen to die for. 

Who could forget the Spanish hacienda-style ranch that Meryl Streep owned in the romantic comedy It's Complicated?! Julia loves the vaulted ceilings, tiled roof, the wide verandah and a kitchen to die for. 

DEMI LOVES

Demi believes that there can never be too much frou frou, particularly in Marie Antoinette! So opulent, so french, so chic at the Palace of Versailles. 

Demi believes that there can never be too much frou frou, particularly in Marie Antoinette! So opulent, so french, so chic at the Palace of Versailles. 

 

Image 1 via Blogspot / Image 2 via LA Times / Image 3 via via Hooked on Houses / Image 4 via Hooked on Houses / Image 5 via National Design Academy / Image 6 via Film Comment / Image 7 via Hooked on Houses / Image 8 via Hooked on Houses / Image 9 via Pinterest

STAYING COOL THIS WINTER

At AKD we don't discriminate. We love all of our seasons in equal measure. Each offering unique opportunities to experiment with new colour palettes and seasonal textiles, a welcome chance to play with our lighting plans as the sunlight changes month to month, and continually feeding our obsession with curating our beloved layers, allowing us to find the perfect balance to offset the dancing temperatures.

So we welcome Winter to Sydney this season with a warm embrace, and have no issue at all that Alex (along with seemingly half the Insta population!) is currently basking under the hot European Summer sun in the middle of the Greek Islands! 

Let's make the most of those deliciously crisp days by adding some stylish new layers to our Winter wardrobes, or by enjoying some much-deserved down-time indoors with our suggested Winter-warming treats. Our 'winterspiration' is sure to keep you cool and on-trend this season. 

There is no better way to warm up your home than with a Designer Fire. For homes without traditional fireplaces, this is the perfect solution to create the hearth and the warmth in your home. 

There is no better way to warm up your home than with a Designer Fire. For homes without traditional fireplaces, this is the perfect solution to create the hearth and the warmth in your home. 

Brighten up these shorter, darker days with a beautiful blooming bouquet or two! Perfect for any season and any occasion. We love Alberto Caiola's contemporary interior design of Shanghai-based florists, July’s Flower. The large mirrored dishes result in a cornucopia of blossoms reflected ad infinitum.

Brighten up these shorter, darker days with a beautiful blooming bouquet or two! Perfect for any season and any occasion. We love Alberto Caiola's contemporary interior design of Shanghai-based florists, July’s Flower. The large mirrored dishes result in a cornucopia of blossoms reflected ad infinitum.

A lazy evening snuggled on the sofa wouldn't be complete without an Ally+Me 'Alpaca + Australian Merino Wool Throw'. A perfect blend of sophisticated style and wooly warmth for these cold winter nights and long Sunday lounging sessions.

A lazy evening snuggled on the sofa wouldn't be complete without an Ally+Me 'Alpaca + Australian Merino Wool Throw'. A perfect blend of sophisticated style and wooly warmth for these cold winter nights and long Sunday lounging sessions.

Two of our favourite things - copper and wine - combine! Tom Cotton has designed the most elegant wine decanter that will keep a good drop really good for up to 12 days . . . if you have more restraint than us to keep it for that long, that is!

Two of our favourite things - copper and wine - combine! Tom Cotton has designed the most elegant wine decanter that will keep a good drop really good for up to 12 days . . . if you have more restraint than us to keep it for that long, that is!

Londoners know all about cold, dark evenings and have inspired us to get out and about with this delectable bar interior at Frenchie Covent Garden. No excuses to hibernate all season-long!

Londoners know all about cold, dark evenings and have inspired us to get out and about with this delectable bar interior at Frenchie Covent Garden. No excuses to hibernate all season-long!

The most important element of a cosy interior is of course the lounge. Take some sofa inspiration from our design advice post 'Some Cush for Le Tush'. 

The most important element of a cosy interior is of course the lounge. Take some sofa inspiration from our design advice post 'Some Cush for Le Tush'

Cire Trudon pays homage to Madame de Pompadour through a collection of Cameo Pillar Candles that will spice up your home with their floral scented aroma. Available from Becker Minty. 

Cire Trudon pays homage to Madame de Pompadour through a collection of Cameo Pillar Candles that will spice up your home with their floral scented aroma. Available from Becker Minty

If you do decide to leave your cosy sanctuary and venture out into the cold, then make sure to add a fur collar to complete your Winter wardrobe. 'Vivienne Fur Stole' available from Camilla and Marc.

If you do decide to leave your cosy sanctuary and venture out into the cold, then make sure to add a fur collar to complete your Winter wardrobe. 'Vivienne Fur Stole' available from Camilla and Marc.