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A Colourful, Art-Filled Family Home In Balmain

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The renovated Balmain terrace of fashion industry expert Sophie Trippe-Smith and her entrepreneur husband Adam Trippe-Smith is an art-filled, happy and family-focused home.

The couple share their bright and cheerful home with kids Emerson (11), Tatum (8) and the pooch Pepper, – aka ‘boss of the house.’

6th March, 2019

The dining area of Sophie Trippe-Smith’s colourful home in Balmain! Artworks from left to right: Mark Howson, Esther Stewart, Bec Smith, and Mignon Steele. wall hanging from a recent trip to Paris. Custom table and chairs by Koskela. Photo – Caitlin Mills. Styling – Annie Portelli.

Sophie’s Gubi beetle chair sitting on the edge of the living room. Photo – Caitlin Mills. Styling – Annie Portelli.

Sophie in front of her favourite artworks in the house, by Mark Howson and Esther Stewart! ‘I love being surrounded by colour and beauty!’, she says! Photo – Caitlin Mills. Styling – Annie Portelli.

Sophie’s favourite view. ‘We decided to lay a ceramic tile that looks like wood in the kitchen and take it out to the garden. No one realises it’s actually a tile’ Sophie reveals! Rug from Pompon Bazar. Photo – Caitlin Mills. Styling – Annie Portelli.

A snapshot of some of Sophie’s favourite artworks, by Esther Stewart and Bec Smith. Photo – Caitlin Mills. Styling – Annie Portelli.

The light-filled kitchen area. Light by Spence and Lyda. Stools by Hay. Photo – Caitlin Mills. Styling – Annie Portelli.

Sophie in her lush urban garden. ‘Walking out here is serenity!’ Photo – Caitlin Mills. Styling – Annie Portelli.

‘My happy corner!’ says Sophie. GUBI Grasshopper floor lamp. Handpainted cushions from John Robshaw (sourced by Kate Bell Design). Artwork on wall by Sharon Candy. Artwork on fireplace by Anna Mac (an artist Sophie discovered on Instagram). Special pieces and art collected on travels to Paris, Italy and the UK line the shelves. Photo – Caitlin Mills. Styling – Annie Portelli.

Vintage mirror given to Sophie by an old friend. Brass vessels from The Line in LA. Small artwork by Kay Singleton Keller. Artwork on shelf by Pip Bishop. Artek Shelf. Bronze piece on shelf by Mark Howson. Photo – Caitlin Mills. Styling – Annie Portelli.

The cosy, comfy living room (featuring Pepper) on an MCM couch. Artworks by Sharon Candy. Artek Bench GUBI lamp. Handpainted cushions by John Robshaw. Photo – Caitlin Mills. Styling – Annie Portelli.

Gorgeous arch details in the hallway. Artwork on left by Rachael McCully Kerwick. Small side table by Muuto. Geometric artwork on walls Louise Tuckwell. Artwork on staircase Kasper Raglus Photo – Caitlin Mills. Styling – Annie Portelli.

The parents’ retreat! Custom bedhead by Kate Bell design, covered in fabric by Christopher Farr Cloth. ‘I couldn’t be happier with my wardrobe designed by Kate Bell – it was so tricky in this small space!’ Photo – Caitlin Mills. Styling – Annie Portelli.

The rooftop terrace designed by Adam Robinson Design. Chair by EMU. Table by Jardan. Photo – Caitlin Mills. Styling – Annie Portelli.

‘Our beautiful home! A true traditional terrace. We wouldn’t have it any othe way!’. Photo – Caitlin Mills. Styling – Annie Portelli.

Lucy Feagins
Wednesday 6th March 2019

‘I love being surrounded by colour and beauty!’ – Sophie Trippe-Smith.

Sophie Trippe-Smith and her family have lived in this 1880s Balmain terrace home since 2013. After a few years in the house, they decided to enhance the ‘good bones’ of the property with a fresh lick of paint inside and out, and some structural renovations. The family bravely decide to live in the home throughout the renovation, which Sophie admits was challenging, but ‘we overcame this by having a positive happy attitude and “light at the end of the tunnel” feeling.’

Sophie is a born and bred Balmain enthusiast, and describes ‘walking up and down this street since I was a little girl, thinking that one day I would like to live here.’ The family initially lived just around the corner, but outgrew their small property. When this terrace came on the market, Sophie ‘walked inside and instantly fell in love.’

Her adoration of the property has only grown with the renovations, where the new garden oasis and double garage provide new sanctuaries and functionality in the home. The renovations also included new joinery and lighting in all of the bedrooms. Sophie highlights that she was initially slightly daunted by the renovation process, but found solace in the capable hands of interior designer Kate Bell and landscape designer Adam Robinson.

The home is now filled with beloved items; Sophie explains that ‘I feel like my home’s style is always evolving. I adore eclectic, colourful interesting pieces. I don’t really like anything to “match”.’ Favourite treasures include the Gubi Beetle chair covered in green velvet (that no-one but Sophie is allowed to sit in!) and a grasshopper floor lamp. Green carries into the dining area, with a green leather banquette.

As a self-described ‘art addict’ Sophie cannot choose her favourite art work, but she particularly loves the Esther Stewart piece in the dining room, and the neighbouring Mark Howson work. She describes ‘they are both Melbourne artists, and seem to compliment each other and just “complete” the house.’

The piece-de-resistance of this home is the rooftop terrace, which offers sweeping views across the city, hugged by Anzac bridge. The family love dining on the roof, waving goodbye to a cruise ship, and watching the sunset. Sophie enthuses ‘it really is a happy life in Balmain!’

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