CIAO BELLA

Clas­sic sim­plic­ity reigns supreme in this pol­ished and peace­ful Sydney apart­ment

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WHEN YOU WORK IN A FAST-PACED, DE­MAND­ING JOB, your home be­comes your sanc­tu­ary. This is some­thing Kate and Jon Buc­ceri can cer­tainly at­test to. By day, they wheel and deal in their re­spec­tive ca­reers as a PR man­ager and in­vest­ment banker, then at night they re­treat to their Fed­er­a­tion-style apart­ment in Sydney’s Dar­ling Point, with its calm­ing, pared back aes­thetic. They bought the orig­i­nal 1920s prop­erty with its high ceil­ings, gen­er­ously sized rooms and old-style ar­chi­tec­ture in 2015. “There’s so much char­ac­ter in our apart­ment that you just can’t get in a newer style,” Kate says. “And we love the area with its parks and in­cred­i­ble city views.”

THREE BE­COMES TWO While the prop­erty was touted as a three­bed­der, Kate and Jon de­cided to sac­ri­fice the pok­ier third room by knock­ing out a wall and adding to the kitchen and din­ing space. “The only is­sue was that this was one of the main load-bear­ing walls in the apart­ment block, so the process wasn’t easy!” Kate re­calls. The build­ing’s her­itage list­ing de­layed things fur­ther, but 13 months later, con­struc­tion of the new struc­tural beam and sur­round­ing bulk­head be­gan. “The room has the most in­cred­i­ble light thanks to its floor-to­ceil­ing win­dows, so we’re so glad we per­se­vered,” Kate says.

GREAT MINDS Kate and Jon have taken a col­lec­tive ap­proach to their home’s in­te­ri­ors. “Luck­ily we have a very sim­i­lar style,” Kate says. “I tend to lead the con­ver­sa­tion, but Jon al­ways helps make the fi­nal de­ci­sions.” Washed-out tim­ber floors and walls painted a cool white act as a base to which they’ve added soft linen fur­ni­ture, pat­terned rugs, mar­ble tables and brushed-metal lamps. Care­ful con­sid­er­a­tion has been given to the art­works, too. “I feel art can’t be rushed,” Kate says. “It’s best to have noth­ing on your walls rather than some­thing that doesn’t feel au­then­ti­cally you.” As a re­sult, each of the cho­sen scenic pho­to­graphs, ab­stract prints, orig­i­nal oil paint­ings and Ital­ian ce­ram­ics tell a story that is unique to this home and to this cou­ple.

STYLE TIP WARM UP A PRE­DOM­I­NANTLY WHITE ROOM WITH LAY­ERS OF TEX­TURED LINEN, WOOL AND MAR­BLE

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