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Australian House & Garden - - TOP 50 ROOMS - Fiona Lynch Fiona Lynch, Colling­wood, Vic­to­ria; (03) 9079 2500 or fion­a­lynch.com.au

Dur­ing the rein­ven­tion of an his­toric in­ner-Syd­ney ter­race spilling over four lev­els, a plan was hatched to link an open-plan din­ing and in­for­mal liv­ing space to the out­door ter­race at the rear, bring­ing in ex­tra light and green views. Work­ing to the own­ers’ love of eclec­tic 1960s fur­ni­ture and vi­brant colour, Fiona com­posed a ma­te­rial sym­phony in which soft and plush fab­rics – leather, vel­vet and linen – har­monise with bright met­als and high-gloss sur­faces. “Pieces are over­scaled, in bold and un­ex­pected colours, cre­at­ing a won­der­ful and ir­re­sistible im­pact,” she says. There’s geo­met­ric drama, too, in the open stair treads and Ital­ian chan­de­lier, which in­tro­duce strong di­ag­o­nal lines. All th­ese ar­chi­tec­tural de­tails are re­flected in a blue glass-topped ta­ble. The re­sult is a com­fort­able, con­tem­po­rary room with per­son­al­ity plus.

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