Home Beautiful

The dream JOURNEY


WHO? Sonia; her husband Michael, a surgeon; their children, Alex, 30, Sam, 27, Connor, 24, and Isabella, 20; Maisie and Poppy the West Highland terriers; and cats Boots, Sweetpea and Luna. WHERE? Sydney’s upper north shore.

TIME FRAME? A 12-week design, then a six-month renovation and a further two months for finishing touches. THE DREAM? “To modernise the house we built 18 years ago and transform it into a stylish home where every space is used, enjoyed and looks beautiful,” says Sonia. APPROACH: Extensive renovation. Rooms were reconfigur­ed on the lower level, and the five bathrooms, powder room, laundry and kitchen were refurbishe­d.

MUST HAVES: “A big kitchen with an island bench,” says Sonia. “I also wanted a bathroom sanctuary, and a whiskey room for Michael.”

WISHLIST: “I wanted to include new furniture, art and layers of interest,” says Sonia.

WHY IS THIS YOUR DREAM HOME? “We’ve got everything we’ve ever wanted and need here, and we get to

enjoy it all,” says Sonia.

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