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A Colour-Drenched, 'Grandmillennial' Home In North Sydney

Interiors

The owner of this previously tired North Sydney home was interested in a bright, fun and colourful party house, where she could entertain friends and family – the rest was up to Lisa Burdus!

Drawing inspiration from the client’s recent trip to Morocco, and Lisa’s personal penchant for English-inspired homes, a fun and fearless home was created. 

The project is an example of the trend of the moment – ‘grandmillennial’ interiors – an elevated take on ‘granny chic’ combining feminine textures, patterns and maximalist furnishings.

19th July, 2021

Lisa Burdus transformed this North Sydney home with Moroccan-inspired interiors. Red / clay coloured paint colour throughout is Dulux Morocco. Photo – Maree Homer. Styling – Lisa Burdus

The project is an example of ‘grandmillennial’ interiors – an elevated take on ‘granny chic’ combining feminine textures, patterns and maximalist furnishings. Red / clay paint colour throughout is Dulux MoroccoPhoto – Maree Homer. Styling – Lisa Burdus

The bold colour scheme includes Dulux Morocco, Dulux Alluvial Inca, Dulux Purslane, and printed wallpaper from Osborne & Little.Photo – Maree Homer. Styling – Lisa Burdus

Functional requirements of the project included the ability to entertain friends and family, and the capacity to ‘close off’ particular rooms to rent as holiday accommodation. Painting by Sylvia Dewey. Photo – Maree Homer. Styling – Lisa Burdus

Vintage pieces, custom textiles and wallpaper feature throughout. Photo – Maree Homer. Styling – Lisa Burdus

‘My vision was to make it as warm and cosy as possible with lots of cosy nooks for various types of entertaining,’ says Lisa. Painting in right image by Sylvia Dewey.  Photo – Maree Homer. Styling – Lisa Burdus

Lighting was important, along with layers of pattern and colour Photo – Maree Homer. Styling – Lisa Burdus

The home showcases Lisa’s personal penchant for English-inspired homes. Photo – Maree Homer. Styling – Lisa Burdus

Dulux Alluvial Inca gives warmth to this study nook. Photo – Maree Homer. Styling – Lisa Burdus

‘I love the boldness of the colours and the feel of the home when you are in it,’ says Lisa. Painting by Sylvia Dewey. Photo – Maree Homer. Styling – Lisa Burdus

This project was achieved on a relatively tight budget by incorporating vintage pieces and family art collection, which offset the higher cost of wallpaper and textiles. Photo – Maree Homer. Styling – Lisa Burdus

‘I wanted it to be fun and fearless to reflect my clients personality,’ says Lisa. Photo – Maree Homer. Styling – Lisa Burdus

This is a party house like no other! Photo – Maree Homer. Styling – Lisa Burdus

Amelia Barnes
Monday 19th July 2021

‘I wanted it to be fun and fearless to reflect my client’s personality.’ – Lisa Burdus

Grandmillennial interiors are having a moment, and we’ve seen no better example locally than this North Sydney home designed by Lisa Burdus.

Lisa has long had an affinity for this English-inspired aesthetic, as influenced by her English father and mum who decorated in this style. ‘I love to use English fabrics and antiques in our schemes and love the layering that is found in traditional English design,’ she says.

Also inspiring this particular home was the client’s recent travels to Morocco, which influenced the colour palette. ‘She wanted a bright, fun, colourful “party” house,’ Lisa says. ‘I wanted it to be fun and fearless to reflect my client’s personality.’

That being said, even the client found the pink paint colour used on the lower ground floor ‘rather terrifying’ at first glance! ‘I did assure her that it was just paint and could be changed, but to wait until the layers of art and curtains went up before making a decision,’ Lisa says. ‘Luckily she loved it as much as I did, and most importantly she had complete trust in what I was doing.’

Other colours in the bold colour scheme include Dulux Morocco, Dulux Alluvial Inca, Dulux Purslane, and printed wallpaper from Osborne & Little.

Functional requirements included the ability to entertain friends and family, and the capacity to ‘close off’ particular rooms to rent out as holiday accommodation. 

This project was achieved on a relatively tight budget by incorporating vintage pieces and a family art collection, which offset the higher cost of wallpaper and textiles.

‘I love the boldness of the colours and the feel of the home when you are in it,’ says Lisa of the finished product. 

‘I spent an evening with my client when the project was complete. We had the fire on and all of the candles lit, and it really had a great feel and atmosphere. That’s what I strive to achieve with all of our projects.’

This project is shortlisted for best Residential Interior in the 35th Annual Dulux Colour Awards – see all the other finalists here! Winners will be announced August 31st, 2021.

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