This Ital­ianate home called for sen­si­ble stor­age with a calming colour palette.


In­te­rior de­signer Mary­lou So­bel was given carte blanche when it came to de­sign­ing a new kitchen for her Syd­ney clients. “I was given the free­dom to cre­ate a new look and de­sign, keep­ing in mind the ar­chi­tec­ture and style of the house, which can be de­scribed as Ital­ianate,” she says. Mary­lou opted for a subtle palette with spe­cial­ist fin­ishes in place of the dra­matic blue and white scheme she ini­tially en­coun­tered. “I added a new calmer feel to the kitchen,” she says of her choice of stucco-fin­ished cus­tom join­ery, pale green glass pen­dants and tum­bled traver­tine floors in an ivory colour. Func­tion­al­ity was also an im­por­tant con­sid­er­a­tion. “The client needed more and bet­ter-de­signed cup­boards for stor­age, in­clud­ing an up­dated walk-in pantry,” ex­plains the de­signer. The walk-in pantry was added be­side the Sub-zero fridge, now in­te­grated in a new join­ery unit. Ap­pli­ances were all up­dated in the process. The pièce de ré­sis­tance is with­out doubt the new range­hood, en­cased in a cus­tom-de­signed struc­ture with a faux mar­ble painted tim­ber base and cop­per top fab­ri­cated by Ax­olotl.

In­te­rior de­sign Mary­lou So­bel, 0411 195 404; mary­lou so­ Tap­ware Perrin & Rowe ‘Provence Coun­try’ tap (cen­tre) from The English Tap­ware Com­pany, 1300 016 181; en­glish­tap­ Zip hot and cold tap (right) from Win­ning Ap­pli­ances, 1300 000...

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