English rose There’s no place like home in this area

AN IN­TE­RIOR DE­SIGNER ON A QUEST TO CRE­ATE HER DREAM KITCHEN BRINGS A TASTE OF HER HOME­LAND TO SYD­NEY

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When Bri­tish ex­pat and in­te­rior de­signer Jane had moved into her home on Syd­ney’s north shore, she fi­nally had the chance to cre­ate her dream kitchen. She was de­ter­mined to pay homage to the era of the house, built in 1924, in do­ing so. “I wanted it to feel like it was from the ’20s, as a lot of the house was still orig­i­nal, in­clud­ing the cab­i­netry in the but­ler’s pantry,” says Jane, a co-founder of Syd­ney home ren­o­va­tions bou­tique The Clas­sic Out­fit­ter. While the kitchen it­self was a more re­cent ad­di­tion to the home, built some years be­fore Jane pur­chased the house, her new de­sign in­cor­po­rated pe­riod-es­que fea­tures such as a chim­ney-style range­hood, dou­ble-height cab­i­netry and the orig­i­nal ser­vant’s bells. “That’s one of the things I miss about Eng­land – that sense of his­tory,” says Jane. With her hus­band, Greg, two sons, Sam, 14, and Jack, 13, Monty the dog and cats Archie and Snowy to con­sider, this part of the home also had to be ev­ery bit as prac­ti­cal as old-worldly beau­ti­ful – and it is. “I love the com­bi­na­tion of blues and greens, so I chose to ac­ces­sorise with col­lected vin­tage and Chi­nois­erie pieces in dark greens and touches of yel­low found in the wall­pa­per,” says Jane. “I think I’ve brought that English coun­try feel to the house. I wouldn’t change a thing.”

PER­FECTLY USE­FUL

For sen­si­bil­ity’s sake, home­owner Jane opted for Smart­stone Car­rara for the bench­tops. “I pre­fer the gor­geous patina of honed Car­rara mar­ble but needed the prac­ti­cal­ity of the re­con­sti­tuted stone,” she says. It still of­fers the clas­sic aes­thetic of au­then­tic mar­ble, but with none of the worry of stain­ing and scratch­ing. A pot filler fit­ted to the splash­back above a Belling ‘Rich­mond’ 110cm free­stand­ing dual fuel range cooker also serves the cause of func­tion­al­ity, while mar­ble-mo­saic sub­way tiles are just right for a pe­riod kitchen. “The bev­elled edges and the mix of sizes cre­ate in­ter­est with­out com­pet­ing too much with the bold wall­pa­per,” says Jane.

SUR­FACE STORY

Elab­o­rate San­der­son ‘Sweet Bay’ wall­pa­per from The Clas­sic Out­fit­ter di­rects a spring-like pal­ette, while high ceil­ings and nat­u­ral light also help to shape the English con­ser­va­tory feel. The old kitchen floor tiles were re­placed to re­veal orig­i­nal tal­low­wood floor­ing (op­po­site & right), which was re-stained with a dark mix of Feast Wat­son in Black

Japan and Wal­nut and matches the floor­ing through­out the home.

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