New be­gin­ning A Hamp­tons-style home with a laid-back feel

A FAR CRY FROM ITS DATED ORI­GINS, THIS FAM­ILY HOME HAS BEEN GIVEN A HAMP­TONS-STYLE MAKEOVER THAT EM­BRACES ITS OWN­ERS’ LAID-BACK LIFE­STYLE

Home Beautiful - - CONTENTS - STORY SARAH WORMWELL STYLING LISA HIL­TON PHO­TOG­RA­PHY SI­MON WHIT­BREAD

Gary and Carly had long ad­mired the av­enue of Amer­i­can maples and ex­pan­sive grounds of the prop­erty across the road from Gary’s par­ents’ home in Syd­ney’s ver­dant north-west. The cou­ple made it known that if the own­ers ever wanted to sell, to please let them know. When that time came, the own­ers in­vited Gary and Carly over for din­ner, and a deal was struck over wine and cheese. “The lovely own­ers had built the home from scratch, raised their fam­ily in it and wanted to pass on a legacy,” ex­plains Gary. “They didn’t want it de­mol­ished. They wanted the next gen­er­a­tion to feel the joy of liv­ing with so much space.” A huge an­i­mal lover, Carly knew the prop­erty would be per­fect for their chil­dren – Jack, now 10, and six-year-old Scar­lett – and the fam­ily’s dogs, Gigi, Pixie and El­lie. The in­te­ri­ors, which fea­tured ter­ra­cotta tiles, a rain­bow of coloured walls and an abun­dance of arch­ways, were an­other story. “The house it­self was a bit over­whelm­ing,” re­calls Carly. “It was grand and beau­ti­fully spa­cious, but the ground floor was a rab­bit war­ren of rooms, and not many of them had nat­u­ral light. I knew from the out­set we would need help to trans­form it.” En­ter Leanne Smeal­lie of Am­per­sand In­te­ri­ors, who was en­gaged to help lighten and mod­ernise the build­ing. “We thought we just needed to update the in­te­ri­ors, but Leanne re­ally helped us iden­tify how we wanted to live in the home,” says Gary. “She opened our eyes to how we could con­nect the house to the garden.” Leanne’s ad­vice was to re­con­fig­ure the ground floor and leave the for­mal rooms at the front of the house, but com­bine the five rooms at the rear into one airy open-plan kitchen and din­ing zone. She also sug­gested ex­tend­ing the roof over the back deck to cre­ate an all-weather out­door room. “Gary and Carly’s in­spi­ra­tion im­ages high­lighted their pref­er­ence for the Hamp­tons look,” says Leanne. “Thank­fully, many of the orig­i­nal

fea­tures could be up­dated in this way.” A clas­sic Hamp­tons pal­ette of white and grey with blue ac­cents unifies the ground floor. For­mal rooms were trans­formed with Du­lux Bear­suit and the high-use ar­eas were painted in Du­lux Nat­u­ral White and Vanilla Quake. Orig­i­nal par­quetry floor­boards were stained a rich wal­nut and the arch­ways were re­moved, ex­cept for one at the en­try to the house. The grand pro­por­tions of the house might have been very wel­come, but they did pose some chal­lenges. “Our pre­vi­ous home was a cot­tage, so in the new space our fur­ni­ture looked like it had come from a doll’s house,” ex­plains Carly. “Leanne was our se­cret weapon in mak­ing it feel cosy.” The end re­sult of the year-long ren­o­va­tion has been pure joy for all in­volved. “We knew we would love liv­ing here and we do,” says Gary. “But the ic­ing on the cake came when we showed the pre­vi­ous own­ers. They were thrilled for us and couldn’t be hap­pier with how we have trans­formed it.”

KITCHEN Light from the back deck floods the open-plan kitchen and din­ing area (below & op­po­site).For con­ti­nu­ity, both ar­eas have the same sand­blasted mar­ble tile on the floor, while the hand­made ce­ment gloss sub­way tile from Sur­face Gallery has been re­peated as the fea­ture for both the in­ter­nal kitchen and ex­ter­nal bar­be­cue area. Clas­sic wicker and cane fur­ni­ture, from Lin­coln Brooks, was se­lected for both spa­ces, with a wo­ven bas­ket from Style My Home sit­ting eas­ily in the tex­tu­ral pal­ette.

KITCHEN NOOK “‘Prac­ti­cal and beau­ti­ful’ was the mantra for the high traf­fic ar­eas,” says in­te­rior de­signer Leanne, and this space off the kitchen, used by Gary and Scar­lett (pic­tured below), fits the brief per­fectly. Spills and marks eas­ily wipe off the Her­ring­bone out­door fab­ric from West­bury Tex­tiles that has been used on the kitchen ban­quette, while a glass top pro­tects the tim­ber ta­ble.

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