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A Sydney-Meets-Melbourne Family Terrace

Interiors

There was nothing explicitly ‘wrong’ with this Bondi terrace, but its existing configuration was awkward, and the interiors lacked identity.

Turning to Full Of Grace Interiors, the owners requested a home that better accommodated the needs of their growing family, and reflected their Melbourne heritage. 

The moody dining room could now easily be mistaken for a swish Melbourne restaurant, representing just one example of how this project plays with colour to distinguish zones!

3rd August, 2021

Chair, Great Dane Australia @greatdaneaustralia. Artwork ‘A view to the east from a mountain passed’ by artist Mark Howson- M Contemporary @markhowson6 @mcontemporary. Paint colour Dulux Natural White. Photo – Prue Ruscoe. Styling – Claire Driscoll Delmar

Side table, Spence and Lyda. Butterfly Chair with Leather Sling, Vampt Vintage @vamptvintagedesign. Cushion @coshliving. Photo – Prue Ruscoe. Styling – Claire Driscoll Delmar

Floor lamp, Great Dane Australia @greatdaneaustralia. Side table, Great Dane Australia @greatdaneaustrali. Ceramic cup, K.H.WURTZ Ondene Double Bay @ondene_doublebay. Ceramic cup, Alana Wilson @alanawilsonstudio. Bowl, Brett Stone, Utopia Art Sydney @brettstoneware @utopia_art_sydney. Artwork ‘A view to the east from a mountain passed’ by artist Mark Howson- M Contemporary @markhowson6 @mcontemporary. Paint colour Dulux Natural White. Photo – Prue Ruscoe. Styling – Claire Driscoll Delmar

At bench – kitchen stools, Great Dane Australia @greatdaneaustralia. Leather and timber low stool, Great Dane Australia @greatdaneaustralia. On lower shelf – Ceramic bowl Donna Green Ceramics @utopiaartsydney. On top shelf – Ceramic Vessel – ‘Ladies Chatting’ Sophie Ceramics @sophie_ceramics. On top shelf – Green Bottle Vase, Damon Moon @moon.damon. On coffee table – Bowl, Brett Stone, Utopia Art Sydney @utopia_art_sydney. Artwork in hallway – Early Morning Fog, by artist Theresa Hunt, Curatorial and Co. Paint colour Dulux Natural White. Photo – Prue Ruscoe. Styling – Claire Driscoll Delmar

On high shelf – ‘Small chalk Amphora’ by Katarina Wells @katarinawellsceramic s @curatorialandco. On kitchen bench – White Ceramic Bowl, Rina Menardi @ondene_doublebay. Ceramic Vessel – ‘Ladies Chatting’ Sophie Ceramics @sophie_ceramics. Paint colour Dulux Natural White. Photo – Prue Ruscoe. Styling – Claire Driscoll Delmar

At bench – kitchen Stools, Great Dane Australia @greatdaneaustralia. Bowl, Katherine Watson, Utopia Art Sydney @katherinewatson @utopia_art_sydney. On marble bench by window, Ceramic Vase, Alana Wilson @alanawilsonstudio. In butlers pantry on bench – Ceramic Vessel – ‘Ladies Chatting’ Sophie Ceramics @sophie_ceramics. On butlers pantry top shelf – ‘Small chalk Amphora’ by Katarina Wells Wells @katarinawellsceramics. Paint colour Dulux Natural White. Photo – Prue Ruscoe. Styling – Claire Driscoll Delmar

Leather and timber low stool, Great Dane Australia @greatdaneaustralia. Small artwork – Red II, By Pam French, @project_gallery90. On lower shelf – Vintage Murano Glass Vase @conelyandco. Ceramic bowl Donna Green Ceramics @utopiaartsydney. On top shelf – Ceramic Vessel – ‘Ladies Chatting’ Sophie Ceramics @sophie_ceramics. Green Bottle Vase, Damon Moon @moon.damon. On bench – Ceramic Vessel by Alana Wilson @alanawislonstudio. Marble Bowl, @gregnatale. Artwork in hallway – Early Morning Fog by artist Theresa Hunt, Curatorial and Co. Paint colour Dulux Natural White. Photo – Prue Ruscoe. Styling – Claire Driscoll Delmar

Ceramic plate by ceramicist Christopher Plumridge. Bowl, @craftvictoria. Ceramic vase, Alana Wilson @alanawilsonstudio. Paint colour Dulux Natural White. Photo – Prue Ruscoe. Styling – Claire Driscoll Delmar

Right image: Artwork clients own. ‘Tipsy Vessel’ by Katarina Wells Wells @katarinawellsceramics @curatorialandco@greatdaneaustralia. Travertine @gstudiohenrywilson. Bowl, Brett Stone, Utopia Art Sydney @brettstoneware @utopia_art_sydney. Vase @ella_bendrups @monderntimes. Bronze sculpture ‘Bungles’, Marea Gazzard @utopiaartsydney. Photo – Prue Ruscoe. Styling – Claire Driscoll Delmar

Ceramic vase, Rina Menardi @ondene_doublebay. Glassware, @montmartestore. Linen napkin, @longcourrierparissydney. Photo – Prue Ruscoe. Styling – Claire Driscoll Delmar

Left image: Bowl, Katherine Watson, Utopia Art Sydney @katherinewatson @utopia_art_sydney. Marble sculpture, Greg Natale @gregnatale. Right image: Towel, Ligne Particulier Oliver Thom @oliver_thom. Photo – Prue Ruscoe. Styling – Claire Driscoll Delmar

On side table – glass bottle, Space Furniture @spacefurniture. Ceramic vase, Alana Wilson @alanawilsonstudio. Quilt and blanket, Society Limonta, Ondene Double Bay @ondene_doublebay. Bowl, Brett Stone, Utopia Art Sydney @utopia_art_sydney. Paint colour Dulux Basic Coral. Photo – Prue Ruscoe. Styling – Claire Driscoll Delmar

Artwork on wall, ‘There is no way I am taking your teaspoon of caster oil’ by artist Kerrie Oliver, @kerrieoliver @curatorialandco. Glass Vase, Alana Wilson @alanawilsonstudio. Quilt and blanket, Society Limonta, Ondene Double Bay @ondene_doublebay. Pink bowl, Katherine Watson, Utopia Art Sydney @Katherinewatson @utopia_art_sydney. Table lamp, Great Dane Australia @greatdaneaustralia. Paint colour Dulux Basic Coral. Photo – Prue Ruscoe. Styling – Claire Driscoll Delmar

The maintained Victorian facade. Photo – Prue Ruscoe. Styling – Claire Driscoll Delmar

Amelia Barnes
Tuesday 3rd August 2021

‘I like that each of the rooms has its own flavour.’ – Therese Carrodus

The owners of this Bondi terrace have lived in Sydney over a decade, but wanted the design of their home to reflect their Melbourne origins.

Full Of Grace Interiors was tasked with updating the home aesthetically, while also reconfiguring the ground floor to better utilise available space.

‘The original ground floor comprised numerous dead spaces, so the layout was reconfigured to introduce both informal and formal living and dining areas, with the addition of a rumpus room, a new bathroom, laundry, and guest bedroom,’ explains Therese Carrodus, interior designer and owner of Full Of Grace Interiors. 

The interiors draw on Melbourne design sensibilities both in their look and feel, allowing the clients to recreate cosy dinners previously spent in Melbourne, around an open fire. The dining room with its original Victorian fireplace captures this intent with its sumptuous built-in banquette seating, black timber detailing, fluted glass and subdued blue palette reminiscent of a Melbourne restaurant aesthetic.

Other spaces are light-filled and more relaxed, indicative of the home’s beachside setting. For example, the open-plan kitchen and living area is a refreshingly bright haven introducing natural light from the rear garden, while the bathroom and rumpus room showcases playful yet sophisticated blush hues (Dulux Basic Coral among them). There’s also dramatic moments facilitated in the ice green kitchen marble, and deep red deep-crimson velvet curtains in the guest bedroom.

‘I also wanted to reference the Bondi locale and climate by drawing in the natural light from the sun drenched rear garden and by selecting a palette that is relaxed and unpretentious,’ says Therese. ‘I like that each of the rooms has its own flavour.’ 

Executing this vision had its challenges, given the narrow site with no side or rear access, but has ultimately resulted in a home the clients adore. Therese describes the completed project as an ‘observation in colour, texture and light’ creating contrasting moods within zoned areas, while reflecting this family’s past and present. 

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