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.