I don’t know about you but sometimes it can feel as if we’re drowning in a sea of monochrome when it comes to the latest interior trends. Which is why it’s lovely when a project goes against the grain like this Sydney home revamp. The work of Marylou Sobel Interior Design (MSID), this Mediterranean style family home in Vaucluse got an overhaul recently, with particular emphasis on creating comfortable, inviting entertaining spaces.
“The interiors were tired and dull looking. Our clients’ brief was to modernise the interiors and outdoor spaces of their family home with comfort and functionality in mind, while staying true to the original Mediterranean features,” says interior architect Stephanie Nadel of MSID.
The redesign focussed on the living, dining and outdoors with a neutral material palette that is the perfect foil for the owners’ bold artwork collection. “The finishes are natural, raw and layered which adds sophistication and calm to a busy family home. We introduced colour in the soft furnishings and accent pieces,” says Stephanie.
Bespoke joinery was a key component of the renovation and included a new fireplace, concealed storage and large open shelves to house the owners’ sculpture collection. “It was imperative for us to create a comfortable and ‘no fuss’ atmosphere,” says Stephanie.
The entertaining areas were another focal point; the terrace, rather than being an entirely separate space, now connects coherently with the indoors. “The terrace lacked functionality and appeal and it’s now the ultimate space to entertain and spend time as a family,” says Stephanie. The terrace renovation included the addition of a new outdoor kitchen, BBQ and outdoor fridge. The existing pizza oven was renovated too.
And with a variety of fresh new entertaining spaces to use, the home’s owner is thrilled. “We’re really happy with the cohesive flow from inside to outside, and also the use of colour, texture and materials. The outcome far exceeded the clients’ expectations.”
Photography: Daniel Nadel | Styling: Kate Nixon