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The best rental properties really don't come along just by looking in the real estate pages. Nope, I'm firmly convinced that the most unique and covetable ones usually require a certain degree of pavement pounding, pro-active detective work, and in this case - serious elbow grease! But, as you can see by today's vast and outstandingly photogenic apartment in Sydney's Alexandria - all that hard work really does pay off!
This unique industrial space belongs to Sydney interior designer Kate Ratner, her partner Michael Tait who works in film distribution, and their four month old bub Elliot. A 'warehouse' apartment in the truest sense of the word, this generous first floor space has been home to Kate and Michael for two years. Originally, it was discovered by Kate and a friend, Carla Robertson, who were on the look out for a run down warehouse that could be turned into a home. 'We were excited for the project and the challenge' recalls Kate - 'we were both looking for a new way to live'.
When they first found it, the warehouse had been a storage space for 6 years. 'It was full of mouldy boxes' recalls Kate... 'it really was quite disgusting, but we saw the potential'. Undeterred by the task ahead, Kate and Carla set about ripping out the decaying kitchenette, rebuilding a larger functional kitchen, painting the interior from top to bottom, and building two bedrooms, both with glass doors to let light and air into the central living space.
'We injected a hell of a lot of love to bring this space back to life' says Kate. 'Unfortunately, or fortunately, Carla only spent 3 months living here as she fell in love with a handsome yank and quickly moved to New York!'. Two years on, this versatile space is has now been re-imagined as an eclectic family home.
Furnished almost exclusively with vintage and salvaged second hand finds, Kate and Michael's home is layered with history and nostalgia. 'I have a lot of precious found objects that I have collected over the years, including many belonging to my grandparents' says Kate. 'My grandmother recently passed away, and we found a huge collection of beautiful rusty things that belonged to my grandfather in her home. One of my favourite things is his collection of old padlocks'.
Both at home and in her own work, Kate is drawn to pieces and spaces that tell a story. 'I want a space to work emotionally as well as functionally' she says. 'Spaces I love are never over designed or too considered. They should be humble and quiet, with attention to detail'. Couldn't have put it better myself! Huge thanks to Kate and Michael for sharing their very cool home with us today!