Located on Sydney’s North Shore, this 1940’s family home was updated recently by interior designer Joanne Yeomans of Issy and H Creative who was engaged to overhaul three key spaces – the master bathroom, laundry, study and lounge.
“My clients loved the charming Victorian architecture of their home, but despite its graceful ageing, the more tired spaces needed some magic to bring them back to life,” says Joanne, who used vintage-inspired colours and finishes to update the home.
First up, Joanne tackled the laundry which was disorganised, cramped and lacking in functionality. “We took advantage of the fact that our client loved colour and pattern,” says Joanne who specified Shaker style cabinetry in duck egg blue, a butcher’s block bench top, butler’s sink and statement black and white floor tiles that reference the home’s Victorian origins. “This is my favourite space as I love the combination of finishes – especially the pop of mustard which works so well against the blue,” says Joanne.
The master bathroom was previously lacking in functionality too, its outdated finishes ripe for renovation. In this space, sage green subway tiles from Kaizen Tiles perfectly complement a custom vanity (Lamicolor Chalet Oak Tabac) and a Caesarstone Calacatta Nuvo benchtop.
“Brushed brass accents add an elegant touch, with the hexagonal mirror from Life Interiors giving it a modern twist,” says Joanne.
The home’s formal lounge had great existing features including whimsical wallpaper and period details such as a red brick fireplace. The space was softened with custom curtains, custom scatter cushions in Art Deco-inspired fabrics, a large Freedom marble coffee table and west elm floor lamp.
“This has become a great adult entertaining space and has been well used as an escape from the busyness of family life, especially during the last few months,” says Joanne.
The nearby study was given an aesthetic and organisational overhaul with a fabulous new bookcase becoming the hero of the space. The full height bookcase wall is complete with a reading corner and built-in drinks cabinet.
“We created a two-person, 3.5 desk in recycled Blackbutt timber and the wall paint colour, Taubmans Red Squirrel, was chosen by my clients. It adds a wonderfully warm and vibrant feeling to the room.”