Interior Design

Bronwyn Poole and family

Lucy Feagins
Lucy Feagins
3rd of August 2011

The home of Sydney interior designer Bronwyn Poole and her young family.  Above – light-filled playroom.

Kids’ playroom, complete with oversized bean bag covered in Bronwyn’s all-time favourite fabric – Kelly Wearstler’s Imperial Trellis.

Ain’t it always the case that by the time you finally get your home looking just as PERFECT as you’d always imagined, it’s time to move on!?  I guess there’s nothing like an impending auction to get you motivated to finish all those niggly things that have been on the ‘To Do’ list since the week you moved in!  This is a common story in my experience sourcing and shooting Australian homes every week, and today’s home is no exception.

Interior designer Bronwyn Poole and family have lived in their stunning home in Sydney’s Cremorne for 8 years.  Bronwyn runs interior design firm Touch Interiors and Complete Pad, and we’ve been in touch for a good 6 months with a view to featuring her gorgeous home on TDF.  This month Bronwyn was FINALLY ready to share her home with us – the same month she decided to put it on the market (and it’s just been sold THIS WEEK)!  Ah well, what better way to document a much-loved family home than with a permanent record on The Design Files… right!?

Bronwyn lives here with husband Jason Ballantine (a film editor) and their three children – Hugh 4.5 yrs, ‘pocket rocket’ toddler Ashley (21 months) and a sweet new born girl named Darci (12 weeks!).  In fact it was Darci’s recent arrival that prompted the big decision to sell up and move somewhere a little bigger!  Before having children, Bronwyn used to run her interior design business from the front living room (top pic above).  These days her growing business is based in Mosman, and the front room is a sophisticated kids playroom, complete with oversized bean bag covered in Bronwyn’s all-time favourite fabric – Kelly Wearstler’s Imperial Trellis.  Ooh la la!

When asked for her favourite features of the home, Bronwyn mentions the light filled interiors, the view, the sunsets and those 1950’s curves!  Her favourite place to be is the playroom – ‘I love the lemon tea tree outside, the fireplace, the rattan trunk to hide all the toys from sight, my high bench table where I can work while the children have lego spilled from one end of the room to the other, and of course the beanbag which inspires me to get down on the ground and play!’.   The family will be sad to leave this home behind, but there’s already a new project afoot – Bronwyn and Jason have bought a lovely old 1900’s home designed by renowned architect B J Waterhouse in Neutral Bay.  ‘I hope to restore it to its former glory….  well, one day!’ she says.

Huge thanks to Bronwyn and family for sharing their gorgeous Sydney home with us today.  ALSO be sure to check out Bronwyn’s other interior design projects here – AMAZING colours, pattern and decorative details!  Well worth a sticky beak!

Bronwyn’s workspace at one end of the playroom

Living / dining with beautiful views!

Master bedroom

Toddler Ashley’s bedroom – I spy Printink fabrics…!

Hugh’s colourful boyish bedroom! Love that engine red cabinet.. Industria, perhaps?

Exterior details

Exterior evening – wow!

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