Blending traditional elements with contemporary touches, this heritage listed Victorian Italianate villa, in Sydney’s Bronte, has been recently renovated and with gorgeous results – the new kitchen is particularly fab.
“As a heritage listed building, working with the existing architecture and design elements was key, with the idea being to blend them into a more contemporary scheme. The back portion of the house, and casual living zone, was a space that the family wanted to modernise while referencing the home’s heritage,” says The Designory director Melissa Bonney, whose company was responsible for the transformation.
“The objective was to blend the traditional with the contemporary, draw light into the home, create an open layout with a strong connection to the light-filled yard, along with transforming some of the more impractical internal elements and spaces to make way for an active and busy family.”
The transformed home includes an entertainer’s kitchen, two classic marble-clad bathrooms, a powder room and laundry, new bi-fold doors and windows and an updated master bedroom and walk-in robe. There are myriad details throughout that reference the home’s Italianate style – decorative finishes and the restoration of ornate cornices, windows and doorway details are just some of them.
The heart of the home (the family are enthusiastic entertainers), the kitchen, is what caught our eye. We love how the floating shelves allow for the display of plants and other special objects – the layered effect is particularly inviting. “The solid-blackbutt floating timber shelves in the kitchen add just the right amount of warmth that the highly used common area needs,” says Melissa.
The kitchen also boasts a host of clever design elements including custom made sections for spices, sectioned cupboards for cooking trays, and a built in bar area (which contains an integrated bar fridge, pull out liquor drawer and wine storage) making it the perfect entertaining hub.
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