Best of Australian Homes 2014 · Louise Olsen, Stephen Ormandy and Family

My goodness. Somehow, this year is nearly up! Today is December 31st, which means 2015 is almost upon us, and our TOP TEN Australian Homes of 2014 are drawing to a close. Next week we’ll be BACK with all new content… but today, we’re revisiting another classic Australian home from the TDF archives!

This stunning contemporary home in Sydney’s Bronte belongs to two very prominent creative Sydneysiders – Louise Olsen and Stephen Ormandy of Dinosaur Designs.  It’s such a beauty!

Lucy Feagins
Supported by Dulux

The Sydney home of Louise Olsen and Stephen Ormandy of Dinosaur Designs. Living / TV room, featuring Louise and Stephen’s collection of books, Eames chair and Collage side table by Stephen Ormandy for Dinosaur Designs. Photo – Sean Fennessy, production – Lucy Feagins / The Design Files.

Front living room.  Paintings from top to bottom, from left – Stephen Ormandy at top, Peter Atkins beneath, Louise Tuckwell at bottom. Right hand group – Jane Olsen at top, Patrick Hartigan beneath, Rober Klippel at bottom. Large painting at right by Stephen Ormandy.  Rug by Designer Rugs and Dinosaur Designs, Couch from map in Melbourne, designed by Chris Connell, from left to right on shelf – sculpture by Stephen Ormandy (on top of stacked books), vases by Dinosaur Designs, sculptures by Gemma Smith.  Photo – Sean Fennessy, production – Lucy Feagins / The Design Files.

Dining room.  Homewares from Dinosaur Designs’ current ‘Modern Tribal’ collection, chairs by Jasper Morrison, Stephen Ormandy painting, flowers by Saskia Havekes from Grandiflora. Photo – Sean Fennessy, production – Lucy Feagins / The Design Files.

Kitchen – assorted Dinosaur Designs homewares on the bench. ‘Miss Moneypenny’  painting by Murray Hilton.  Photo – Sean Fennessy, production – Lucy Feagins / The Design Files.

Dining room details. Homewares by Dinosaur Designs, ghost sculpture by Nell, sculpture by Gemma Smith.  Photo – Sean Fennessy, production – Lucy Feagins / The Design Files.

Lucy Feagins
31st of December 2014

Perched up high with views to the ocean, this impressive residence in Sydney’s Bronte has been home to Louise Olsen and Stephen Ormandy for 16 years, who purchased the home before the birth of their daughter Camille, now 15.

Despite its generous scale, ocean views and incredible natural light, Louise and Stephen say their home wasn’t always quite so enviable!  ‘It was originally a dark federation cottage that had had a ’70s moment’ explains Louise, who moved in with Stephen and lived here for nine years before renovating.

Like so many homebuyers, Louise and Stephen’s first move after purchasing the original cottage was to paint all interior walls white, but aside from this cosmetic improvement, they were content to bide their time.  In life and in business, it seems these two are always in for the long haul!

‘During those first nine years we saved the money we needed for the renovation’ says Louise. ‘The good thing about waiting is that we knew exactly what we wanted to do; we had a vision of how we’d like the house to be, we knew where the light fell, where the wind blew, and really got into the soul of the place before we renovated’.

Now a generous two-level property full of treasured design pieces, vibrant colour and incredible artwork, this beautiful home is, in fact, surprisingly ‘chilled’.   Louise and Stephen have created a genuinely relaxed, laid back atmosphere here, where collectible art sits happily and in no particular hierarchy alongside endless stacks of books and trinkets, and souvenirs picked up from their many travels.  Each space flows effortlessly into the next, and Skipper the sausage dog totters absent mindedly from room to room.  Perhaps its the cool sea breeze that seems to flow through every room, or those calming ocean views… either way, this is a home that really is a sanctuary for the busy family who live here.

For many more pics of Louise and Stephen’s beautiful home, do POP BACK and revisit the original story!

Looking from front living room to entrance hall. Rug by Designer Rugs and Dinosaur Designs, Side table on left by Arne Jacobsen, side table on right by Stephen Ormandy for Dinosaur Designs.  Gary Hume artwork, ceramic pot by John Olsen.  Mobile by Louise Olsen.  Photo – Sean Fennessy, production – Lucy Feagins / The Design Files.

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