A Syd­neysider moves into the home that she once ad­mired as a child, giv­ing it a new life with green­ery, sun­light and soul

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A Syd­neysider and her fam­ily move into the home she ad­mired as a child, mak­ing it their own with a colour pal­ette in­spired by the sea

who lives here? Lisa Bar­nett, her hus­band Neil, their sons Will, 18, and Sam, 15, and Maisy the stafford­shire bull ter­rier.

WHETHER OR NOT YOU BE­LIEVE IN FATE, the story of how Lisa Bar­nett came to buy her Syd­ney home on the Northern Beaches seems pre­de­ter­mined. “I grew up only a street away from the house. In fact, my par­ents’ friends owned it for many years,” Lisa says. As a young girl, she’d ad­mired the prop­erty’s ar­chi­tec­ture and front gar­den, so when it came up for sale four years ago, she had to see it. Hav­ing lived in Lon­don for 20 years, Lisa couldn’t re­sist the dis­tant views of the Cen­tral Coast, not to men­tion the vis­its by pre­vi­ous own­ers who spoke of happy me­mories made there. “That’s why the house feels like it does,” she ex­plains. “I think it’s full of the love of all its past own­ers.”

IT’S ONLY NAT­U­RAL Wat­tyl In­te­rior De­sign i.d “White” paint was used through­out to cre­ate a blank can­vas for colour­ful pieces. “The crisp fresh­ness of white bright­ens any space,” Lisa adds. Large win­dows of­fer glimpses of the gar­dens, and mir­rors are placed to bounce sun­light around. To add warmth, car­pet wo­ven from New Zealand wool was used in the bed­rooms, while rugs are lay­ered on top of the orig­i­nal wood floor­ing. Oceanic shades of green and blue, which Lisa loves in the Aus­tralian light, are present in the up­hol­stered fur­ni­ture and art, and many of the ma­te­ri­als used are nat­u­ral, re­cy­cled or vin­tage.

DREAM TEAM Lisa worked with in­te­rior de­signer Kate Man­ning to make the home her own, knock­ing down a wall, re­design­ing the kitchen and lov­ingly dec­o­rat­ing each room. “I think you can tell when some­one has taken their time,” Lisa says. “It’s taken me three years to get this far and it’s still evolv­ing.” This pa­tience is what gives her home soul – she waits for pieces she feels con­nected to, much like the home it­self. “It would be great if one day in the fu­ture, my boys bring their grand­chil­dren to this place and tell of their me­mories here.”

Pièce de ré­sis­tance The Arabescato mar­ble in the kitchen was cho­sen for its warmth. This depth is com­ple­mented by the is­land’s Trea­sury Bronze cab­i­nets and doors painted in Murobond “Raw Earth”. The tap­ware is from the Brod­ware “Yokato” range and there’s plenty of space to pull up a Thonet cane seat and eat in.

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