THE REVEAL: A PICTURE PAINTS A THOUSAND WORDS

We are extremely excited to reveal this incredibly special, uniquely eclectic and stunningly photogenic home in Sydney’s Eastern Suburbs.

The project began when our client approached us with the view to replace the carpet throughout the home with stone floors. Little did we know that this was only the beginning of what would become a fabulous full-scale renovation and a long-lasting relationship with a new client. 

The renovation extended to the kitchen, bathrooms, living areas, three bedrooms, study, dressing room, ensuite, external terrace and loggia. 

At AKD our primary aim is for our clients to emotionally connect with their space. For this project we selected textures that were not only beautiful to look at but beautiful to the touch. We selected colours that were uplifting and influenced not only by the art and objet d’art but also the incredible view. We sourced unique one-of-a-kind finishes, stone and furnishings that became an extension of the home and the extensive art collection. 

Designed in the original P&O architectural style that was popular in Sydney in the 1930s, the home is characterised by a façade of curved walls, glass bricks, porthole-shaped windows and a rendered white exterior. Renovated by Architect Phillip Cox over 25 years ago, it was once photographed by renowned Australian photographer Max Dupain. 

We were entrusted to reimagine the interiors of this iconic home, with the design being sympathetic to the architectural pedigree and paying homage to its spectacular seaside location. 

Our client’s lifelong desire to travel to Morocco set up the framework for the interior colour and fabric selections and was the inspiration for the external loggia and terrace. The client’s impressive art collection informed the interior palette, and of course there was no hiding from that view . . . it informed everything we did!

Shades of blue were selected for the bedrooms that mirror the colour of the ocean at different times of the day, producing a calming, serene atmosphere against the bold reds and cool yellows in other parts of the house. Each piece of furniture selected and accessory chosen had a unique significance and story behind it. 

The deep burnt orange in the entrance creates a bold statement and provides the ideal backdrop for many pieces in the extensive Aboriginal art collection. 

This iconic P&O style home was an enormous blank canvas, where we created layers of colour, light, texture, artwork and soft furnishings in a stunning space where the natural light changes and affects the interior throughout the day. The end result is truly an extension of our client and the original home itself. 

It is nothing short of magical.

All images via © Alexandra Kidd Design