Time­less lux­ury The city cen­tre hides a clas­sic wet zone

CARE­FULLY CHO­SEN CAB­I­NETRY, DECOR AND FIN­ISHES TURN A SYD­NEY BATH­ROOM INTO A MAS­TER­PIECE

Home Beautiful - - {EDITOR’S LETTER} - WORDS SALLY PATER­SON PHO­TOG­RA­PHY SUE STUBBS

When Karla and Daniel pur­chased their Cal­i­for­nian bun­ga­low in Syd­ney’s east­ern sub­urbs, they knew they had nailed their house-hunt­ing brief – a home with his­toric ori­gins that they could ren­o­vate to suit the life­style of their fam­ily of four. “We were look­ing for pe­riod fea­tures so we could ac­com­pany them with a Hamp­tons or tra­di­tional Amer­i­can style,” says Karla. “We wanted to cre­ate some­thing spe­cial, some­thing that wouldn’t go out of fash­ion.” Their en­suite bath­room, a star in­clu­sion in the home’s new sec­ond storey, is the epit­ome of time­less clas­sic styling. This ex­quis­ite room owes some of its suc­cess to the cou­ple’s de­ter­mi­na­tion not to com­pro­mise on qual­ity. “That solid feel of open­ing the doors, the pol­ished nickel of the tap­ware, the hand­painted cab­i­netry and the real mar­ble sur­faces – they have made all the dif­fer­ence,” says Karla. “This is my favourite room.” Karla and Daniel as­signed the task of de­sign­ing the van­ity and mir­ror en­sem­ble to Do­minique McA­dam of Pro­vin­cial Kitchens, with his ’n’ her basins and plenty of stor­age at the top of their must-haves list. Highly vis­i­ble through the dou­ble-door en­try from the bed­room, the Shaker-style cab­i­netry is an im­pres­sive open­ing act for the room. “It’s an ideal blend of func­tion­al­ity and beauty,” says Karla.

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