I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. My design spirit animal is definitely Australian. There is just a bevy of amazing designers but one of my all time faves is Arent & Pyke. Virtually every project they do is pitch perfect, but one of their latest – a penthouse apartment with endless views of the Sydney Harbor feels both current yet classic at the same time.

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Originally built in 1928, the top-floor apartment of a stuccoed Spanish mission-style building came with the atmosphere of a large Parisian apartment already built in. The apartment features grand proportions and elevated views.

The central living room’s interior architecture includes an original French-style garland frieze and fluted archways, large windows framing harbour views, and a vaulted ceiling. While all of those timeless details remain untouched, the final decorating scheme references a typically eclectic Parisian style of decor, which marries antiques of many eras with the new and avant garde.

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The living room is a study in eclecticism, mixing styles and time periods that all work wonderfully together.

A Modern Australian Apartment with Old World Glamour

Large bold art is a signature detail throughout the apartment. The pieces pop against the bright white walls and inject deeply saturated color that is further reflected in the raspberry colored  Redondo side chairs, throw pillows and accessories.

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While the apartment is dominated by white plaster, I love that they embraced a dark kitchen.

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I will always love art in the bathroom.

A Modern Australian Apartment with Old World Glamour

This apartment feels like the perfect spring appetizer but the main dish of summer is served. I’m certainly lapping up every drop.

How about you?

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design by arent & pyke | photography by anson smart

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