Monday, 2 September 2013

Warm and Welcoming: a home on Sydney's North Shore

This beautiful home on Sydney's leafy suburban north shore was a 1960s faux Cape Cod-style property lacking in defined spaces, style and warmth, before interior designer Brett Mickan transformed it into the sophisticated family home it is today.

The project is now a shortlisted entry in the Interior Decoration category for Sydney Design Awards 2013 (along with Karen Akers' beach house in Gerroa, NSW, a project we previewed last week). The Awards will be judged soon, with winners announced October 16, 2013.

According to Mickan the overriding request from the owners of this residence was for a meeting of styles, with personality, art, and bold colour.

"We turned heavily to colour to provide spatial context and unity in this home," says Mickan. "Soft greys were used in the more defined areas of the entrance and kitchen to marry with the Calcutta marble. Tarnished bronze was selected for the walls of the dining room to make this entirely internal room feel like the warm centre. White was used on all other walls and ceilings to blur the lines between ceiling and walls to help give the illusion of height."

"By keeping the paint scheme simple we were able to incorporate a strong use of vintage, contemporary and Asian or tribal pieces to imbue the home with the personality the client desired. Black accents were used throughout to marry the colour scheme to the ebony floors."


Cool sophistication by interior designer Brett Mickan for sydneydesignawards.com.au; via Brett Mickan Interior Design bmid.com.au. Photography by Thomas Dalhoff.

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