Mod­ern magic Mid-cen­tury de­sign meets fam­ily-friendly func­tion

Home Beautiful - - CONTENTS - WORDS HOLLY BYRNE STYLING TILLY ROBERTS PHO­TOG­RA­PHY BRIGID ARNOTT

MID-CEN­TURY IN­SPIRED DE­SIGN MEETS FAM­I­LYFRIENDLY FUNC­TION IN THIS SYD­NEY SANC­TU­ARY

“It is quite com­mon to have an old pool that was built 50-60 years ago in the wrong spot in the back­yard, but with the right de­sign you don’t need to rip out the pool and start again” ~ Matt Leacy, Lan­dart di­rec­tor and land­scape de­signer

TOW­ER­ING PALMS AND CRISP white breeze blocks may sug­gest Palm Springs, but in­stead of Cal­i­for­nia, this sun-drenched oa­sis is hid­den away on Syd­ney’s lower north shore. Its clean lines and stream­lined de­sign pay homage to the con­tem­po­rary era of the house it be­longs to, but it wasn’t al­ways so fit­ting.

Shar­lene and Chris pur­chased their home six years ago af­ter fall­ing in love with its mid-cen­tury charm, but its orig­i­nal old-English-style garden left them per­plexed. “It just didn’t suit the style of the house – there were hedges and camel­lia bushes and old, un­even brick paving,” ex­plains Shar­lene. “It was a real mis­match.” De­ter­mined to bring it in line with a retro aes­thetic, the homeowners en­listed the help of Lan­dart di­rec­tor and land­scape de­signer Matt Leacy.

“They wanted to cre­ate a re­laxed en­vi­ron­ment with a fam­ily fo­cus, while stay­ing true to the style of the home,” says Matt.

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