Classic simplicity reigns supreme in this polished and peaceful Sydney apartment
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