room. “We wanted the fireplace to be a feature and help define the open-plan kitchen, living and dining space,” she says. “Building the fireplace out, then panelling it and painting it blue, provided a stunning contrast against the cool grey walls and European oak floor – and was the perfect opportunity to recess the TV discretely above.”
Inside and out, the living areas are now more flexible and have improved connectivity. The stylish, contemporary home can also easily withstand kids and pets. An outdoor TV and ceilingmounted heat strips have made the deck a sought-after space, with full barbecue facilities on one side and casual seating on the other. “We’re always entertaining,” says Nicola. “Mostly barbecues and parties with extended family and friends.”
During the renovation, the ultra-social family lived in a shortterm rental nearby so they could closely monitor its progress. “Mark would send us pictures of pool toys and sun lounges, attaching subtle motivational notes such as, ‘I’ll be sitting on this in my pool at Christmas’ – they were funny yet effective,” says Helen. “But the job was finished in time and the family did get to enjoy that summer in their pool!”
Helen and her family have also spent time around the Laceys’ new pool. “We’re proud to call them friends now,” she says. “We shared very common values about what home means to us… and how we all want to feel proud of where we live.” DCB, Roseville, NSW; (02) 8399 3333 or dcb.com.au. Bay Landscapes, North Epping, NSW; 0404 895 942.
‘My bedroom is peaceful, light and airy – Helen nailed it.’ Nicola Lacey, owner
FAMILY BATHROOM The perfect-sized space for growing boys. Custom oak vanity with Caroma sinks and bath. Large-format floor tiles, Better Tiles. MAIN BEDROOM Upholstered in Warwick Fabrics ‘Matrix’ in Steel, the bedhead grounds the scheme. Bed with drawers, Beds Online. this page and opposite Tables, Globe West. Quilt cover, ‘Sove’ linen, cushions and navy throw, Città. Striped throw, Country Road. ‘Serengeti’ wool carpet in Thornbush, Cavalier Bremworth. Wall art, The Artwork Stylist. STUDY NOOK Just off the kitchen, the built-in desk and shelves are MDF. Rose-gold candle and journal, Kikki.K. WALK-IN-WARDROBE Plenty of storage makes a pleasant change. Custom vanity in Laminex ‘Sublime Teak’ with Carrara marble top. Stool, Città.
Dulux Vivid White trims and doors
Dulux Pit Stop island bench, fireplace
Dulux Dieskau internal walls