Real Living (Australia) - - HOMES -

A CA­SUAL CON­VER­SA­TION with an in­te­rior de­signer about hang­ing art­work led to a com­plete re­design for Kate Pas­coe Squires of Kate & Kate. “I started ad­mir­ing Alexan­dra Ponting’s style when she was a stock­ist of mine,” Kate says. “We be­gan talk­ing again af­ter she re­lo­cated from Bris­bane to Syd­ney, ini­tially just about hang­ing art­work, and the idea for the re­design came about or­gan­i­cally.” As the pair had al­ready worked to­gether and un­der­stood each other’s aes­thet­ics it was the per­fect fit.

BEAU­TI­FULLY BUILT Kate and her hus­band Tony pur­chased the four-bed­room fam­ily home in Syd­ney’s Bondi Junc­tion in 2011. Al­though it was in good con­di­tion and fea­tured thought­ful de­sign de­tails, Kate felt it lacked per­son­al­ity. “It was pre­vi­ously owned and built by an ar­chi­tect so it had a lovely gallery feel, but the in­te­ri­ors needed some love and warmth,” she says.

DE­SIGN BRIEF Apart from the need for a fam­ily-friendly de­sign, Kate didn’t give Alexan­dra a brief as such. “Alexan­dra had such clear, orig­i­nal con­cepts so it was hard to say no to any­thing she pro­posed,” Kate says. The only thing they didn’t agree on was a cobalt blue wall. “I still think about it and I know it would’ve been amaz­ing but it was just a step too far at the time!”

MA­TE­RIAL MAT­TERS Alexan­dra chose hard, tac­tile sur­faces like traver­tine, pol­ished mar­ble and solid hard­woods for their tex­ture and prac­ti­cal­ity, and nat­u­ral ma­te­ri­als like linen and wool to soften the foun­da­tions. Eclec­tic art­works and vin­tage fur­ni­ture add an un­ex­pected el­e­ment. “I wanted to re­in­force the gallery feel of the home while re­flect­ing Kate’s per­son­al­ity,” Alexan­dra says.

CALM­ING EF­FECT En­er­getic bolts of blue, green and gold break up the home’s clean lines and pre­dom­i­nantly white pal­ette. “Ev­ery­where you look there is a point of in­ter­est,” Kate says. “The light and green as­pects of the home are cel­e­brated and, once you step through the front door, there is a real feel­ing of es­cap­ing the busy city.” R

Leafy out­look Large slid­ing doors re­tract, open­ing the home up to a cen­tral, plant-filled light well. Glimpses of greenery can be en­joyed from al­most ev­ery room. Flip the page for more.

Sim­plic­ity is key A long win­dow at the far end of the kitchen lets in lots of light and helps to vis­ually lengthen the space. The slen­der brass stool is from Great Dane Fur­ni­ture.

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