71 GREENKNOWE REVEAL: THE LUXE FACTOR

Last year we were engaged to revive a dim inner-city apartment in Sydney’s Potts Point. A complete reinvention of the spaces has returned a sense of luxury and re-engaged the home with the spectacular views afforded by its enviable location.

Before anything, the apartment required some intense spatial reworking. The introduction of a second-floor living area doubled the size of the home, but the original lower level needed reconfiguring to relieve the apartment of its cramped rooms. We prioritised opening and brightening the home, exploring how the space could work harder for its inhabitants, while maintaining a feeling of warmth.

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We overhauled the original intricate floorplan, creating wider hallways and introducing curved walls to create the allusion of more space.

With the flow and positioning of the spaces resolved, we set out to create a real sense of inner-city glamour. The material palette is simple yet striking, comprising of light timber throughout both levels, grey marble, and a combination of brass, bronze and, aged iron accents. 

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Creative custom details such as the curved kitchen in brass and the coordinating brass handle joinery exude the allure of a luxury hotel. It’s a space designed to impress, dripping in gold.

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The brass screen, mounted on the kitchen island functions as the soul of the apartment, adding character, tactility and warmth.

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As well as dialling up the luxe factor, the combination of metals capture the city glow and the stunning views, bouncing the light around the apartment and transforming the space as the light shifts outside.

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In the bathroom and powder room, textural elements such as the mosaic tiles add drama and the sculptural shapes of the basins and sinks continue this theme. We kept the vanities open, placing storage elsewhere, to maximise the feeling of space in these smaller rooms.

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The finished space is rich in material beauty and detail. Essential to the interior design’s success are the bespoke elements where texture and shape are used to define each space and create visual interest.

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All images via ©Alexandra Kidd Design

Q&A WITH STYLIST CLAIRE DELMAR

We stumbled across Claire Delmar’s name while admiring her work in the glossy pages of an interior magazine. Her compositions stood out as simultaneously beautiful in their simplicity and telling in their story-like quality.

We were immediately attracted to Claire’s moody, earthy and elegant style, and later to her impeccable attention to detail and tireless drive for perfection.

We revealed our Raglan Street project last month and this month it has been a pleasure to sit down with Claire, who brought her aptitude for colours and textures and eye for beautiful artwork and ceramics to Raglan’s shoot day. Here she talks inspiration, trends and life lessons.

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WHICH THREE WORDS BEST DESCRIBE YOU?

Fast, Focused and Food obsessed.

WHAT DID YOU WANT TO BE GROWING UP?

I knew I wanted to do something creative from a very early age. My passions were art and textiles and after completing a Bachelor of Media I coincidently ended up in publishing as a Fashion Stylist. My mother is very creative so I grew up surrounded by her creativity in the kitchen and her eye for detail which was expressed through our home renovations.

 WHAT DID YOU DO TO EARN YOUR FIRST PAY PACKET?

I worked at a pasta shop but fainted a few weeks into my first shifts so it wasn’t a great start!

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WHAT'S THE BEST LIFE LESSON YOU HAVE LEARNT ALONG THE WAY?

That if you are having a hard time remember tomorrow is always a new day. Don’t let something get you down or stress you out too much because after a decent sleep it’s a fresh start and new perspective, and almost always, it isn’t as bad as you may have thought.

WHAT'S YOUR PROUDEST ACHIEVEMENT?

When I hear my children making each other laugh. Happiness is my biggest goal in life and I feel both my kids have a love for life, and each other, which makes me so proud.

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WHO INSPIRES YOU?

My beautiful Mum. She’s my muse and has always supported my creative work even though she comes from a background of science and my father from medicine.

WHAT IS YOUR BIGGEST VICE?

Food! I’m always talking or thinking about my next meal before I’ve finished the one I’m eating. I need to live more in the now and enjoy what’s in front of me. I coordinate my days around meals and if I’m sourcing I make sure I end up near a great cafe. My mum is an amazing cook and it’s something she has instilled in all her girls.

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DO YOU FOLLOW TRENDS OR ARE YOU A TRENDSETTER?

I tend not to follow trends but rather create from the space the project or client inhabit. It’s part of why I’ve enjoyed moving away from fashion. Interiors cross over many styles depending on the history of the space and I love that a building tells its own story and it isn’t just focusing on keeping up or following the latest trend.

WHAT DREAM DO YOU STILL WANT TO FULFIL?

I wish I had more time to travel with my children but apart from that I love what I do so I’m fulfilled through my career aspirations. I’m curious as to where it will all lead but have no specific end goal. For now I just hope to continue enjoying that every day is different, exciting and challenging. Challenge fuels my creative drive.

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WHAT DO YOU LOVE MOST ABOUT WORKING WITH AKD?

The AKD team. I’m at a stage in life where it’s all about the people and the collaborations that inspire me. I don’t want to be spending time away from my children unless it’s valued so I try and work with people that make me laugh and are as passionate about design as I am.

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Images 1 - 2 via Claire Delmar / Image 3 - 6 via ©Alexandra Kidd Design

SHIMMER & SHINE: A CELEBRATION OF LIGHT

It’s that time of year again when our winter night skies are exploding in a celebration of colour as Vivid Sydney lights up the city.

Inspired by the magical projections and incandescent installations illuminating Sydney’s landmarks, we have curated an edit of our favourite lights.

Bring the dancing beams inside your home with sculptural wall scones, shimmering pendants and playful table lamps.

Lens Flair Pendant by Lee Broom

Lens Flair Pendant by Lee Broom

Inspired by telescopic lenses, Lee Broom’s Lens Flair Pendant emits a soft, deflected light through its cross-cut lens. We’re imagining it making a statement above a grand stairwell.

Aynhoe Ostrich Feather Lamp, available at Becker Minty

Aynhoe Ostrich Feather Lamp, available at Becker Minty

Oh-so-outré and completely fabulous, the Aynhoe Ostrich Feather Lamp would make a luminous statement in any room.

Lucid Table Lamp by Michael Verheyden

Lucid Table Lamp by Michael Verheyden

Reminiscent of our childhood snow globes and crystal balls, we love this table lamp for its playful feel. The honed alabaster emits a warming glow, perfect for any bedroom’s ambient setting.

Scandal Pendant by Articolo Lighting

Scandal Pendant by Articolo Lighting

A sophisticated accompaniment to a kitchen island or long dining table, Articolo’s Scandal Pendant will work to lengthen a space with its slim form.

Map 1 Wall Light, by DCW Editions

Map 1 Wall Light, by DCW Editions

The strong geometric Map 1 Wall Lights surprise us by omitting the most playful and ethereal glow, allowing the resulting light patterns to dance off the surrounding walls.

Looking for more inspiration? Explore our favourite Australian lighting designers here

Atollo Lamp by Vico Magistretti lights up our faces and the master suite at our Wharf Crescent project

Atollo Lamp by Vico Magistretti lights up our faces and the master suite at our Wharf Crescent project

A long-time favourite, we will forever love the classic, versatile shape of the Atollo Lamp. It transcends and complements all architectural styles and never fails to bring a smile to our faces.

Nightbloom Hanging Light by Marcel Wanders

Nightbloom Hanging Light by Marcel Wanders

Imbue your home with a touch of romance with this hanging light evocative of flower petals unfurling at night. Delicate enough to shine in a bedroom or place it above a dining room table for a fairytale setting.

Trilogy Pendant by Articolo Lighting

Trilogy Pendant by Articolo Lighting

As much a work of art as a light, we love Articolo’s Trilogy Pendant for its sculptural form and rich emerald colour.

Linden Medium Lamp by Kelly Weatstler

Linden Medium Lamp by Kelly Weatstler

We love the whimsical designs of Kelly Wearstler, and this table lamp perfectly sums up Kelly’s playful approach to interiors. It’s spirited enough to make a statement whilst its organic shapes would fit seamlessly into many a style of room.