A new be­gin­ning A tired fam­ily abode is given a new lease of life

IT WAS A LONG TIME COM­ING, BUT THIS CHIC REN­O­VA­TION IN SYD­NEY’S EAST­ERN SUBURBS HAS GIVEN A NEW LEASE OF LIFE TO ITS OWNERS

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After liv­ing for more than 30 years in the home that Harry had built in Syd­ney’s east­ern suburbs in the late 1970s, and with their three chil­dren grown up and moved out, it was time for Harry and his wife El­leni to con­sider their next move. Their blond/orange brick home had ’70s writ­ten all over it – car­pet and green lam­i­nate in the kitchen, arches ga­lore – and was in des­per­ate need of re­pair. The cou­ple, whom Harry de­scribes as “full-time grand­par­ents”, had be­gun think­ing about their next step and were start­ing to visit open homes, al­beit a lit­tle re­luc­tantly. “We would go and see other homes, and as soon as we walked in, we no­ticed they were quite dark,” re­calls El­leni. “And we’d come back home and it was so well-lit.” Still not sure what to do, the cou­ple con­tin­ued to con­tend with a leak­ing roof, and put off mak­ing any ma­jor de­ci­sions about their fu­ture. Then came the storm of Anzac Day, 2015. “That,” says El­leni, “was the storm that trig­gered the ren­o­va­tion. We had a wa­ter­fall com­ing in through the kitchen win­dow!” With dam­age to the house they could no longer ig­nore, the cou­ple (who had de­cided to stay), were forced to do the big job: putting in a new roof, ren­der­ing the home’s unattrac­tive brick ex­te­rior, rip­ping out bath­rooms and car­pets, and en­tirely trans­form­ing the in­te­ri­ors. With the old fix­tures gone, El­leni be­gan the task of choos­ing new fin­ishes, call­ing on the ex­per­tise of in­te­rior de­signer Vic­to­ria Waters, whose work em­bod­ied the clas­sic look the cou­ple de­sired. “Vic­to­ria was an amaz­ing help,” says El­leni, who thor­oughly en­joyed the dec­o­rat­ing process. “As soon as we met, we clicked. We were on the same page.” In­fused with a re­fined aes­thetic, the home now fea­tures a calm pal­ette of el­e­gant greys and white, with touches of re­fresh­ing sea blues through­out. Luxe fin­ishes in­clud­ing mar­ble and crys­tal abound, with black ac­cents adding drama and def­i­ni­tion. “We wanted it to be time­less, but with a mod­ern feel,” ex­plains El­leni. With every piece of fur­ni­ture from the home’s pre­vi­ous in­car­na­tion dis­carded – ex­cept for a con­sole and mir­ror which have found their way into the cou­ple’s daugh­ter’s pow­der room – and the home de­signed ex­actly for the pair, the ren­o­va­tion has com­pletely changed the way they live. “It’s com­fort­able, prac­ti­cal and func­tional,” says El­leni, who was par­tic­u­larly happy to let the kitchen car­pet go. “It’s easy liv­ing.” The beau­ti­fully made-over home has its chic feet planted firmly in the fu­ture, and is set for plenty more joyous fam­ily times to come. “It’s also for the next gen­er­a­tion, a home that we can en­joy with our chil­dren and grand­chil­dren,” says El­leni.

“WE’RE FROM THE OLD SCHOOL WHERE THE lounge room WAS SEALED UP AND ONLY USED ON RARE oc­ca­sions – WELL, THOSE DAYS ARE GONE!” ~ HARRY

KITCHEN

The lay­out of the kitchen (above) was main­tained in the ren­o­va­tion, although a 1970s sig­na­ture arch­way was re­moved and the win­dows were widened. New cab­i­netry and ap­pli­ances com­pleted the ma­jor changes, with a bench­top in Cae­sar­stone Clamshell com­ple­mented by a splash­back in the same ma­te­rial, in Stat­u­ario Nuvo. “I love the new kitchen,” says El­leni.

LIV­ING ROOM

A calm­ing print by Dor­ryce Rock from Art2Muse picks up the greys and blues in the for­mal sit­ting room’s colour­way (above right). “We de­cided on a grey colour pal­ette,” says El­leni. “It’s calm­ing, easy on the eye, and we’re de­lighted with the over­all scheme.” Blue and white pieces – try Ori­ent House for sim­i­lar – are a nod to the home’s coastal lo­ca­tion and per­fectly suit the re­fined style.

SUN­ROOM

“We en­joy sit­ting in the sun­room now and hav­ing a cup of cof­fee here,” says El­leni of the pretty space at the front of the home (right), fea­tur­ing but­ton-backed ‘Cardiff’ chairs and match­ing foot­stools from Pot­tery Barn. “It’s quite peace­ful,” she adds. “It’s lovely with the cur­tains drawn and the sun stream­ing in.” Chan­de­liers here and in the ad­join­ing TV room bring sparkle to the space; visit Chan­de­lierium for a lovely se­lec­tion.

“SOPHIA SAID TO ME ‘MUM, IF YOU’RE GO­ING TO REN­O­VATE, DO IT lux­u­ri­ously’ – THAT WAS AL­WAYS IN THE BACK OF MY MIND” ~ EL­LENI

GUEST BED­ROOM

A cool aes­thetic con­tin­ues in the guest room (above left), with a quilt from Linen & Moore and a linen bed­head (for sim­i­lar, try In­te­ri­ors On­line) pro­vid­ing cap­ti­vat­ing comfort. Gor­geous ‘Hamp­ton Style’ car­pet in colour Glen Cove, from Car­pet Court, is the ul­ti­mate in un­der­foot lux­ury.

MAIN BATH­ROOM

With its swathes of mar­ble and touches of crys­tal, the bath­room (above right & op­po­site) has all the op­u­lence of a five-star ho­tel. “I’ve al­ways liked a clas­sic white mar­ble bath­room – it never dates,” says El­leni. “It re­ally feels so much big­ger than it was. It used to be yel­low and brown – brown back­ground with yel­low flow­ers, very ’70s.” Adds Harry: “It will prob­a­bly come back, by the way!” Large-for­mat ‘Marvel’ Car­rara floor tiles, framed by tiny mo­saics (both from Beau­mont Tiles), form a strik­ing foun­da­tion, while dual in­set basins in a Cae­sar­stone Stat­u­ario Nuvo-topped van­ity cre­ate a fine and func­tional state­ment. A sump­tu­ous Vic­to­ria & Al­bert ‘Barcelona’ bath com­pletes the glam­orous fit-out.

EN­TRANCE DE­TAIL

Light greys and sil­ver in the form of a unit from Max Spar­row and a metal­lic-framed ‘Im­pe­rial Geometric’ art­work from De­signer Boys cre­ate a calm­ing point of in­ter­est for guests as they en­ter Harry and El­leni’s lovely home (left).

STORY KA­T­RINA O’BRIEN STYLING STEPHANIE POW­ELL PHOTOGRAPHY SUE STUBBS

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