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A Social Sydney Home Elevated By Garden Views + On Point Decoration!

Interiors

Take a period home with great bones, reimagined with a clever architectural renovation, and finish with interior decoration by an award-winning design team – the results are bound to be something special!

This is certainly true in this Annandale, NSW, home, which was recently decorated by Arent&Pyke with a gorgeous array of colourful, considered art and furnishings.

Working with the unique character of the building, an architectural renovation by Welsh + Major, and a whole host of inspirations (from farmhouses in Austria, to 1970s weddings, boats, artists, and the idiosyncrasies of animals!) the celebrated interiors practice have truly elevated this stunning Sydney home.

25th February, 2021

Alterations by Welsh + Major have opened this period home to the garden. Photo – Anson Smart. Styling – Steve Cordony

Arent&Pyke were engaged to design the interior furnishing and decoration scheme. Photo – Anson Smart. Styling – Steve Cordony

Artwork ‘Burdekin Duck’ by Janice Murray, 2018. Curtains by Simple Studio. Photo – Anson Smart. Styling – Steve Cordony

The garden pavilion is a new concrete form designed to grow into the garden. Garden design by Peter Fudge Gardens. Curtains by Simple Studio. Photo – Anson Smart. Styling – Steve Cordony

Artwork ‘Burdekin Duck’ by Janice Murray, 2018. Photo – Anson Smart. Styling – Steve Cordony

The brief provided was to further elevate the entertaining capacity of the home, without making the kitchen the main focal point.  Photo – Anson Smart. Styling – Steve Cordony 

 

Furniture placement has been key to achieving the brief, enabling the owners and their guests to feel relaxed and invigorated in the home. Photo – Anson Smart. Styling – Steve Cordony

Photo – Anson Smart. Styling – Steve Cordony

The client’s personality is paramount to any project, but the varied interests of this particular home owner led to an especially inspired outcome. Garden design by Peter Fudge Gardens. Photo – Anson Smart. Styling – Steve Cordony

Artwork by Nongirrna Marawilli. Photo – Anson Smart. Styling – Steve Cordony

Artwork on left by Nongirrna Marawilli. Photo – Anson Smart. Styling – Steve Cordony

Photo – Anson Smart. Styling – Steve Cordony

Photo – Anson Smart. Styling – Steve Cordony

‘We removed a lot of white elements replacing them with colour or visually tactile materials, this was a turning point in the project and revolutionary in the overall effect without doing a full renovation,’ says Genevieve Hromas. Photo – Anson Smart. Styling – Steve Cordony

Oil on canvas artwork ‘In Flight Awakening’ by John Edwards, 2011. Photo – Anson Smart. Styling – Steve Cordony

Period features remain throughout. Photo – Anson Smart. Styling – Steve Cordony

‘The kitchen is no longer dominant – it’s all about great company and hearty conversations,’ says Genevieve. Photo – Anson Smart. Styling – Steve Cordony

Garden design by Peter Fudge Gardens. Curtains by Simple Studio. Photo – Anson Smart. Styling – Steve Cordony

Amelia Barnes
Thursday 25th February 2021

‘It’s all about great company and hearty conversations.’ – Genevieve Hromas

The last decade has seen some major changes to this period home in Annandale, NSW.

Additions and alterations by Welsh + Major firstly transformed the property to focus primarily on its garden, involving the removal of the pool and carport. 

‘It is a different house [now] – much more flexible in its approach to living, and far more in tune with our fantastic Sydney climate,’ says Chris Major, director of Welsh + Major. 

A few years on, the property was again enhanced by the interior decoration work of Arent&Pyke

The brief provided was to further elevate the entertaining capacity of the home, without making the kitchen the main focal point. 

‘They wanted social spaces that engaged the user, to remove the feeling of the kitchen island being the centre of their living space,’ explains Genevieve Hromas, associate at Arent&Pyke. ‘Although their daily requirements were primary, they always referred to accommodating their extended family and guests. The generosity of the host in designing spaces was a delight to engage with.’

Furniture placement has been key to achieving these outcomes, enabling the owners and their guests to feel relaxed and invigorated in the space. 

‘Now when you sit in that space, be it the built-in banquette, the bar stools, or the lounge, you are privy to the breadth of the whole room,’ says Genevieve. ‘The kitchen is no longer dominant – it’s all about great company and hearty conversations.’

The client’s personality is paramount to any project, but the varied interests of this particular home owner led to an especially inspired outcome. 

‘The site visits were always informative, and not only on the design, but more than often digressed to farmhouses in Austria, ‘70s weddings, boats, artists, friends’ talents, and the idiosyncrasies of animals, amongst other things.’ says Genevieve. ‘It was this meandering of dialogue that lent itself to a relaxed, trusting, and therefore successful project.’

The combined architecture of Welsh + Major and decoration by Arent&Pyke has resulted in the most impressive iteration of this home yet, much to the delight of the owners and their many regular guests!

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