SPEED READ » When interior designer Olivia Babarczy bought this 1920s home in Sydney six years ago she looked past its rundown state to the property’s potential as an expansive home for her growing family. » She loved the Spanish mission style and wanted to stay true to the Mediterranean mood and respect the original features. » The renovations have been ongoing and Olivia has worked with her builder to bring in the beautiful northern light and capitalise on the views of Sydney harbour and Manly. » The threestorey house has two bedrooms on the lower ground floor and four bedrooms and three bathrooms upstairs. » Olivia merged the formerly dark and poky kitchen into the new living and dining area which luxuriates in light and magnificent panoramas.