Please live in this stunning Victorian townhouse near Bondi in Sydney, Australia? Pretty please? Home to the founder of Alexander & Co, one of my favorite Australian designer firms, this family-focused house is innovative, unique, bright, playful and choca-block full of design icons without an ounce of pretense in sight. I’m working to achieve this same kind of elevated, yet lived-in vibe in This Old Victorian. I’m taking all the notes on this house. Scroll to see why.
This multi-level house brings you on a seamlessly flowing journey. Similar materials and repeating colors bring cohesiveness to the four bedroom, three bathroom home.
The building’s lowest level houses the kitchen, dining and living areas, creating the heart of the home. I’m obsessed with the room’s sunken built-in sofa (look below). Leather-clad and with gorgeous custom oak millwork, this sofa is both stunning and really family friendly. It will weather beautifully with age and use. The leather sofa, along with the upholstered Gubi dining chairs, work to soften the rest of the room’s hard surfaces – marble tile floors, lime washed oak and white laminate cabinets and stainless steel counters and appliances. But my favorite moment might be the large, bright piece of art about the kitchen counters. We’ve talked about bold art in a bathroom, but putting it in the kitchen is also equally unexpected and stunning.
Did you also notice the two-toned cabinets? In the working area of the kitchen the cabinets are white, but transition to the a beautiful lime-washed oak as you transition into the living area. Another subtle but genius choice to warm up the room.
A more formal seating area at the front of the house has a soothing black and white color palette with accents of warm wood.
The family room features a perfect mix of vintage and contemporary designer pieces and deeply saturated hues. Is that a denim Togo sofa? So good. Exposed pine beams clad the ceiling, adding additional texture and interest. They carry additional continuity throughout the house.
Sculptural ceramics and vases displayed on across a bench add an artsy vibe to in-kitchen dining area.
Though the bathroom is monochromatic, a wall of penny tile adds depth and texture.
This home offers a really interesting mix of high and low materials, layers of texture, deeply saturated color and a playful hand, but maintains a really elegant feel. From the bright white walls and the flood of natural light, to the friendly yet still refined perspective, this home hits all the right notes.
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