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A Joyful Home, Full Of Whimsy + Glamour

Interiors

The owner of this eastern Sydney home, Maryanne, engaged interior designers Arent&Pyke at a special time in her life, having recently become a grandmother.

With her four adult children now living independently, this renovation was an opportunity to better express her personal style, and let practicalities take a back seat. (Although there still needed to be a designated bedroom for regular visits from little ones!)

Working within the existing footprint, Arent&Pyke worked their interior magic to introduce warm colour, scalloped edges, and rich marble into the home, resulting in Maryanne’s dream house. 

27th July, 2021

The existing footprint was reconfigured to feel more spacious and offer clearer sight lines between rooms. Photo – Anson Smart. Styling – Studio CD

Larger door open the property to its courtyard. Photo – Anson Smart. Styling – Studio CD

The client, named Maryanne, had been living in the terrace home for some years prior, but after her four adult children moved out, it was time to update the house specifically to her taste. Photo – Anson Smart. Styling – Studio CD

The home was to be glamorous with a dose of humour. Photo – Anson Smart. Styling – Studio CD

A refined yet generous application of brass and marble elevates the entire interior. Kitchen joinery painted Dulux Tarzan Green. Photo – Anson Smart. Styling – Studio CD

The kitchen bench seat offers an informal place to eat or work away from the main dining table. Kitchen joinery painted Dulux Tarzan Green. Photo – Anson Smart. Styling – Studio CD

A theme that unfolds throughout the home is the use of feminine scallops and curves on joinery and window treatments. Kitchen joinery painted Dulux Tarzan Green. Photo – Anson Smart. Styling – Studio CD

Removing a column helped enlarge the feeling of the kitchen in the absence of an addition.  Photo – Anson Smart. Styling – Studio CD

Arent&Pyke principal Sarah-Jane Pyke dreamed of the perfect wall light for the kitchen, and her team found it! Photo – Anson Smart. Styling – Studio CD

A glimpse of the hallway framed by walls in Dulux Buttercookie. Photo – Anson Smart. Styling – Studio CD

Dulux Buttercookie gives the formal rooms an incredible golden glow. Photo – Anson Smart. Styling – Studio CD

The hallway ceiling is painted a stunning forest green. Photo – Anson Smart. Styling – Studio CD

More scallops! Photo – Anson Smart. Styling – Studio CD

A serene bedroom. Photo – Anson Smart. Styling – Studio CD

Maryanne’s en suite features a delightful shade of lipstick pink cabinetry (Dulux Loganberry).  Photo – Anson Smart. Styling – Studio CD

The main bedroom is Maryanne’s personal haven. Photo – Anson Smart. Styling – Studio CD

Amelia Barnes
Tuesday 27th July 2021

‘Even though it’s one person’s house, I always say that it’s the hub of the family, regardless.’ – Sarah-Jane Pyke

‘A  glamorous home with a dose of humour’ is how Arent&Pyke describe their vision for this alterations project in Sydney’s eastern suburbs.

The client had been living in the terrace home for some years prior, but after her four adult children moved out, it was time to update the house specifically to her taste. ‘It was just in need of a new life, to give this client their dream house,’ says Arent&Pyke principal Sarah-Jane Pyke.

The house was already large enough for Maryanne, so no addition was proposed. Instead, Arent&Pyke configured the existing footprint to feel more spacious and offer clearer sight lines between rooms.

‘I would say that was a major coup,’ says Sarah-Jane of the reconfigured floor plan. ‘When we started sketching it I thought, “Is this going to be possible?” and to make it work was actually incredible. I’m really proud of what we managed to achieve.’

Drawing on a Dana Dion painting gifted by Maryanne’s children, a rich colour palette was developed. This palette is constantly evolving to express mood and tone, starting with the forest green ceiling in the hallway, through to the golden glow of Dulux Buttercookie in the formal rooms, and eventually calming Dulux Spanish Olive. ‘It’s a chameleon colour – it’s green, it’s grey, it’s blue, it’s warm – it’s just a magical colour,’ says Sarah-Jane of the versatile shade.

These more mature colours are offset with more vibrant colours in the bathrooms, particularly Maryanne’s en suite that features a delightful shade of lipstick pink cabinetry (Dulux Loganberry). 

Another theme that unfolds throughout the home is the use of feminine scallops and curves on joinery and window treatments. There’s also a refined yet generous application of brass and marble, which elevate the entire interior.

The majority of spaces in this home have been tailor made for Maryanne, such as the kitchen bench seat that offers an informal place to eat or work away from the main dining table. Other rooms however are designed primarily for Maryanne’s grandchildren, which is reflected in the whimsical feel of one bedroom and the family bathroom with monkey wallpaper! 

‘Even though it’s one person’s house, I always say that it’s the hub of the family, regardless,’ says Sarah-Jane. 

The completed home retains the classic qualities of the original terrace, but is now a ‘jewel box of delights that make the heart sing.’

Sarah-Jane says, ‘It was really special to make something for Maryanne where she feels really comfortable and feels really at home.’

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