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.