I have always gravitated towards light filled spaces, but lately it is one of the first things that I took for when researching a space. Maybe it’s because like most people I have been spending a lot of time indoors and now all I want is to immerse myself dreamy, light filled designs.
Today’s dreamy design is unique in many ways. It’s a renovated 1920’s bungalow in Sydney that had an addition added to it in the 80’s. It was in dire need of a makeover and thankfully the owners were up to the task. It order to make the most of the natural light that filled the top floor of the house the owners decided to flip the living spaces by moving the common areas such as the kitchen and the living room to the top floor and the bedrooms to the lower level. Normally I dislike this sort of flipped design as I don’t like the idea of sleeping in a bedroom on street level but in this case the home is elevated. Entry to the home is via a set of concrete steps that lead to the main entrance. Due to the elevated design, the bedrooms are above street level.
The common areas are bright open spaces with large windows and tall ceilings that helps the home to feel immersed in nature. Combined with a modern yet timeless aesthetic, the flow of the home is streamlined. I especially love the board formed concrete counter in the kitchen as it adds a cool industrial vibe to the space. There are massive sliding glass doors in the kitchen that open onto a concrete patio that overlooks the street in front of the home. This level is organized into both active and quiet zones that can be separated by sliding glass doors. The sitting room and library at the rear of the house opens to a rear garden by another massive sliding glass door. This further helps to bring the outdoors inside and create a cohesive flow within the home.Contrasting with the rest of the spaces on the top floor, the powder room is a beautiful cool grey colour with a large floor to ceiling mirror and a Jorn Utzon light fixture. The values of simplicity and contrast are imbued throughout the home with the goal of creating a space that supports the lives of the occupants. I love a sculptural staircase and the one in this home does not disappoint. It is a focal point when people enter the home with bedrooms branching off of the entry hallway. The master bedroom opens to a private garden terrace furthering a sense of calm in the space. Overall this home is a chic and light filled refuge from the frenetic pace of daily life. It seamlessly blends together the indoors with the outdoors for a calming, functional and timeless space.
I hope that you have a beautiful day! XXS