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Karen Ak­ers De­signed by Karen Ak­ers,

McMa­hons Point, NSW;

(02) 8920 9018 or kare­

A splash of cobalt blue is a win­ning touch in this so­phis­ti­cated, sun-filled din­ing nook at the rear of an in­ner-city Syd­ney home. Karen Ak­ers has trans­formed the once-squeezy room that leads to an out­door ter­race into a func­tional, prac­ti­cal and el­e­gant space. Look­ing to the Hamp­tons and Ralph Lau­ren for de­sign cues, Karen used a mostly monochro­matic pal­ette of white, black and mar­ble. For ex­tra zing, she painted the ban­quette and ad­ja­cent cab­i­netry in Du­lux Blue Lo­belia, and had the choco­late-brown floor tiles laid in a smart her­ring­bone pat­tern. Both work beau­ti­fully with the steel-framed win­dows. “All th­ese el­e­ments add per­son­al­ity and tex­ture to the space,” says Karen.

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