Australian Homes

Orlando and Nicola Reindorf and Family

by Lucy Feagins, Editor
Wednesday 20th March 2013

The Surry Hills home of Nicola and Orlando Reindorf of The Standard Store.  I don’t often lead with a bedroom shot but this one I really loved!  The Neon heart Nicola had made for Orlando as a Christmas present.  Photo – Jason Busch, production – Lucy Feagins / The Design Files.

Bedroom looking through to ensuite.  Rachel Castle garland (which had been used in the Standard Store shop window) over the bed. Damien Hirst’s diamond Skull print above the bed (‘we saw the real thing in London it was amazing!’ says Nicola).  Photo – Jason Busch, production – Lucy Feagins / The Design Files.

AMAZING enormous bathroom which used to be a bedroom.  Clawfoot bath, chandelier, original fireplace, timber floorboards -you can’t go wrong!  ‘ I loved the idea of a chandelier in the bathroom, this one is from Russia I believe’.  says Nicola.  Photograph above the fireplace by The Reindorf’s dear friend Toby Burrows. Photo – Jason Busch, production – Lucy Feagins / The Design Files.

Today’s Victorian terrace in Surry Hills belongs to people you should half  know about already – the very clever and stylish Nicola and Orlando Reindorf, who run The Standard Store (one of my absolute FAVE shops in Sydney), as well as fashion agency The Flying Standard.  I have huge respect for these guys, they are such a hardworking, creative and industrious husband and wife team – and so lovely to boot!  You might recall I actually interviewed Nicola and Orlando a while ago – you can re-visit that interview here.

Nicola and Orlando live here with their two boys Cosmo and Zephyr – they have been here almost four years.  Since first purchasing the home they’ve made a few changes – a ‘ tacky 80’s back’ was lopped off and reconfigured, whilst preserving the beautiful Victorian elements of the home.  ‘We put in a new kitchen and deck, and dug into the basement to create a new living area’ says Nicola.  One bedroom was also converted into an ensuite bathroom upstairs, which Nicola says ‘was rather decadent but totally worth it!’ (I concur!  It’s amazing!).  The Reindorfs are now planning on phase two of their renos, which will incorporate a rooftop garden above the garage and a plunge pool!

There is quite a bit of magic going on in the Reindorfs’ eclectic four level home.  It’s a brilliant mix of colour, pattern and light hearted styling details, combined with a few serious design and art treasures too.  What’s refreshing is the feeling of casual confidence in all decorating decisions that have been made here – from brave wallpaper choices here and there (so random and so brilliant!) to an eclectic mix of both modern and Victorian feature light fittings, to French vintage posters which sit so happily alongside contemporary Australian art.  It really is the very best kind of mish mash – nothing is over thought, and each room conveys a real sense of having taken shape over time, organically rather than in one strategic swoop.

As this home perfectly demonstrates, Victorian homes actually take a bit of mad colour and contemporary styling surprisingly well!  In fact it can sometimes be easier to add a little unexpected colour or pattern to a period home than to a contemporary space, where spaces are often larger, more open plan and a little more daunting.  The hidden nooks and narrow stairwells of this home have been given such interesting, eyecatching treatments… it’s such a refreshing and fun approach, and gives this grand old Victorian terrace real personality.

Many of the art works in the Reindorfs’ home are made by friends and family.  The neon piece in the kitchen by Dion Horstmans is a firm favourite – ‘you can see it from the back lane, and it makes the house look like a house of fun – it draws you in!’ says Nicola.  Furniture wise, an old armchair in the front room is a particularly treasured piece – it’s been reupholstered in Ghanaian kente cloth from Orlando’s father.  Nicola also especially loves the Koskela dining table – another bright colour pop that is the perfect complement to Dion Horstman’s artwork in the kitchen.

As with any house (especially in Sydney!) a major drawcard of this home for the Reindorfs is also the location.  ‘I love Surry Hills, we walk to walk in five minutes, we have everything on our doorstep, but when we come home it’s actually really quiet and private, even though we live in a built up area, we don’t have anyone looking in on us’ explains Nicola.

MASSIVE THANKS to Nicola and Orlando for sharing their fabulous home with us today!  Don’t forget to pop in to The Standard Store when next in Sydney, and say hello from me!


Sorry the bathroom was so good we had to get this angle too :) ‘The bath is a reconditioned bath which we had sprayed in Silver’ says Nicola.  Photograph above the fireplace by The Reindorf’s dear friend Toby Burrows. Photo – Jason Busch, production – Lucy Feagins / The Design Files.

The Reindorfs are not frightened of a little bold wall treatment!  This blue wallpaper in the upstairs hallway is by JC de Castlebejac, bought in Paris.  Photo – Jason Busch, production – Lucy Feagins / The Design Files.

Front room.  Skull cushion is from a label Nicola and Orlando used to sell called ‘The Rise and Fall’.  Orange lamp by French brand – Jielde, Kente cloth armchair.  Photo – Jason Busch, production – Lucy Feagins / The Design Files.

Front room.  French vintage poster in hall bought in Paris.  Skull cushion is from a label Nicola and Orlando used to sell called ‘The Rise and Fall’.  Orange lamp by French brand – Jielde.  Photo – Jason Busch, production – Lucy Feagins / The Design Files.

Best and bravest wallpaper EVER, leading down the stairs to the basement.  This one is another JC de Castlebejac design, paired with another a ’50s French print found in Nice, France. Photo – Jason Busch, production – Lucy Feagins / The Design Files.

Dining room, linking front room and kitchen.  Koskela dining table, Philippe Stark mirror, pendant light from Spence & Lyda.  Photo – Jason Busch, production – Lucy Feagins / The Design Files.

Kitchen area with built in day bed.  Dion Horstman’s artwork above the daybed.  Photo – Jason Busch, production – Lucy Feagins / The Design Files.

Dion Horstman’s artwork above the daybed in kitchen.  Photo – Jason Busch, production – Lucy Feagins / The Design Files.

Kitchen area looking to back deck.  ‘Woop dee doo’ is actually a framed tea towel from Third Drawer Down.  Photo – Jason Busch, production – Lucy Feagins / The Design Files.

Kitchen details.  ‘We didn’t want a slick and shiny kitchen so went for mat black mosaic tiles’ recalls Nicola. Photo – Jason Busch, production – Lucy Feagins / The Design Files.

Another brave colour combo – charcoal exterior and fab neon chartreuse front door!  Deer doorbell from Koskela. Photo – Jason Busch, production – Lucy Feagins / The Design Files.

by Lucy Feagins, Editor
Wednesday 20th March 2013


  • Brismod 4 years ago

    I love their sporadic use of colour throughout their home. Stripey wallpaper is a winner! It looks like it would’ve been a fun place to photograph too. Thanks for another cool tour. x

  • Cathg1g2 4 years ago

    Wallpapers and front door brilliant!

  • Jac 4 years ago

    What a fun and colourful family home and super stylish just like the lovely Standard Store!

  • Emily 4 years ago

    I could live in that bathroom FOREVER!
    What a lovely, fun home! Thanks for the great home tour.

  • Liz Kerby 4 years ago

    Delightful home popping with personality & colour

  • Alana 4 years ago

    Love the combo of styles. Maybe I will try my rattan pendant with art deco mirror after all. Btw would love to see more plunge pool designs. Want one but need creativity with how to maximise the space! Follow up story please!

  • Gaz 4 years ago

    Who would’ve thought an all black kitchen would work- it looks great! I like the areas of wallpaper too and the way they haven’t gone too ‘matchy’. The neon heart is beautiful too as is the amazing sculptures by Dion. I agree, would love you to revisit and take some shots of the rooftop garden and plunge pool when done!

  • jo 4 years ago

    sigh. awesome wallpaper that i can never have.

  • Kathryn Cumming 4 years ago

    You’re right, colour looks great in unexpected little nooks.
    Does anybody know where the outdoor table and chairs are from? I always see them around, but not sure of their source…

  • jas 4 years ago

    oh that bath and love the wallpaper!!!

  • gemma 4 years ago

    so good!!

  • Jo 4 years ago

    Love the matt black tiles in the kitchen. Wish I’d seen them before we tiled our splashback yesterday!

  • Kate 4 years ago

    Loving EVERYTHING about this house tour. So cool. The Spence & Lyda pendant light, the cushions, the wallpaper, the chandelier! Beautiful

  • Paula 4 years ago

    Woop dee doo! Love that expression! Fabulous house.

  • Ruth 4 years ago

    Stunning house!

  • Kara 4 years ago

    I would love to know where they got the Damien Hirst diamond skull print from?? Thanks

  • Melissa 4 years ago

    Love the bursts of colour throughout. And that front door rocks!!

  • Lisa 4 years ago

    Coolest bathroom that I have seen in a very long time!

  • alilovesdesign 4 years ago

    Amazing! Love the rainbow wall and the lime door!

  • sarah 4 years ago

    gorgeous and love the vintage posters an pops of wallpaper – providing my inspiration for today….thank you

  • sally smith 4 years ago

    Love it! great article, think I will go out & buy wall paper!

  • Tania 4 years ago

    Love it all! Where are the cut-out rugs from?

  • Kendall 4 years ago

    By far one of my favourites! Absolutely brilliant use of colour and eclectic items. So much personality and looks like a ‘real home’.

  • Jordan 4 years ago

    Hey everyone
    I’ve been looking to buy some rugs. Ever heard of Any experiences there?

  • White Forest Home 4 years ago

    Gorgeous – full of pop colour and light!

  • pippy 4 years ago

    Great dining table & orange lamp in lounge! I need one!
    I went into The Standard Store about 18 months ago and went a bit silly with spending (it seems my husband and i were having a bit of a competition on who could find the coolest stuff). I was a little worried when we returned to Adelaide, about how much we had spent but guess what – everything we bought gets worn at least twice a week still! Its beautiful quality, comfortable and super cool! Love that store……& now I love their house too! Thanks for the inspiration. x

  • pippy 4 years ago

    Who would i contact to make neon signs? (heart in the bedroom)….

  • Natalie 4 years ago

    Wow! love everything in this gorgeous house… neon heart above fireplace, crazy blue wallpaper in the hallway, stunning bathroom and that neon green front door! thankyou for sharing!

  • Melissa 4 years ago

    That bathroom!

  • Shona 4 years ago

    Love the black tiles in the kitchen and love the day bed bench chair in the kitchen – looks so comfy.

  • Sarah 4 years ago

    Pretty much my dream house! Love it all! xo

  • Amie 4 years ago

    That bathroom is lovely! Imagine having a crackling fire, hot bath and a glass of red wine in the winter! Love the skull accents through the house too!
    xoxo Amie @ Spoonful of Vintage

  • Sheree 4 years ago

    I love everything about this house! Do you by any chance know where the kitchen stools are from? And those amazing bright cushions?

  • Amanda 4 years ago

    If you like the brightly coloured stripey cushions visit our website So excited to to see them in this house. Made by gorgeous woman in Srilanka who work at Barefoot – an ethical fair trade company.

  • Emily Wignall 4 years ago

    so much to love…and so many little amazing details! love the stripes going down the stairs and that lime green door! and, i love the sparkly light fixtures against the modern white walls. such a great combination of colors and textures and styles.

  • Kim 4 years ago

    I love all the pops of color, especially since most everything else is black and white. Awesome high contrast and super fun bright colors!

  • Kate Pascoe 4 years ago

    Obsessed with this house – it’s beyond awesome. What paint colour is the front door? All I can think about it painting OUR front door asap…

  • little t 4 years ago

    Has to be the coolest house EVER. I have a mild obsession with skulls so loved those little details and the ‘woop dee doo’ print! And like everyone else, I’m in love with the neon front door :)

  • Nicola 4 years ago

    LOVE the bath tub! And the dining room – so airy and light. Love it!

  • nathan 4 years ago

    Love this place!

    My partner and I have recently started up an online business with the hope of opening a store in the inner city suburbs of Melbourne soon.
    Feel free to have a look at our stuff and join the community :)

  • Hannah 4 years ago

    Dying to know what paint they have used on the front door? Fab.

  • elana clark 4 years ago

    …about to choose a chartreusse colour for our new front door. Would love to know what colour they used:)

  • Absolutely L.O.V.E the color pop!

  • Betaview 4 years ago

    That bathroom is definitely our favourite part of the home. So unique and great use of colour throughout!

  • Michele dickens 4 years ago

    LOVE the front door. Could you share the color??? Please:)

  • Fire places Sydney 3 years ago

    I like the colours you have added here.Thanks for sharing this nice post.

  • KAIT 3 years ago

    That tub and the blue wallpaper! I’m in love!

  • OMG talk about dream home, love the bathtub!

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  • John O'Connell 3 years ago

    I am also having the same opinion. It’s just beautiful! You can also contact Justiles showroom for beautiful mosaic tiles Sydney:

  • quality furniture 3 years ago

    Gorgeous color combination. I think its a nice thought for decoration our home. Just exceptional & nice.

  • etherapi 1 year ago

    Lovely interior. Great work.

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