Located in the Hills District of Sydney, this French inspired new home has a rather large footprint (750 square metres) and is comprised of five bedrooms, five bathrooms, a wine cellar, home theatre, swimming pool and 10-car garage. “We were asked to create a luxurious home that was inspired by the apartments of Paris,” says the project’s interior designer Joumana Sukari of Sukari Design who worked alongside Ray Taouk of FLDC Architects to create the expansive house.
Juliet balconies, crystal chandeliers and a sweeping staircase with wrought iron balustrades are just some of the features that create that Parisian feel. And while the home’s owners (a family of five) wanted a timeless finish they were keen on mod cons too – the home has a lift, under-floor heating and the aforementioned home theatre.
A focal point of the home, the family room features a six-metre void punctuated by a series of statement glass doors and windows. “We designed three tall arched doors that lead onto a terrace and complemented them with three circular windows placed directly above which really lifts your eye to take in the full height of the ceiling,” says Joumana.
Created from slabs of Calacutta marble, the kitchen is another highlight and it’s both practical and pretty. “With a client who enjoys cooking, it was important to us that the function of the kitchen matched the aesthetics,” says Joumana who included a second sink on the kitchen island, double wall ovens and a large double fridge to this end. “We wanted to make sure the kitchen was not just a showpiece but a space that could be used daily with ease and practicality,” says Joumana.
Another rather covetable space, the home’s wine cellar was designed around a sandstone feature wall that is lit from the ground up. “Given the wine cellar opens on the modern home theatre, we wanted to add a contemporary touch with the furnishings by including a concrete table and mid-century style dining chairs and pendant,” says Joumana.
And with a thrilled client who loves the end result, Joumana found the project a deeply satisfying one. “Your home is your refuge. It is a place where so many family milestones are reached, so the most important thing for us is that our clients’ home is a true reflection of their vision.”
Photography: Richard Whitbread