If you want proof that a home can have both family functionality and grown-up sophistication, look no further than Magnolia House.
Nominated in 2019 for both the Interior Design Excellence Awards and the Belle Coco Republic Interior Design Awards, this beautifully renovated property has proven itself worthy of an appearance in numerous design publications.
Working with the existing floor plan, interior designers Juliette Arent and Sarah-Jane Pyke of Arent&Pyke replaced brilliant texture, color and warmth with what was a very neutral palette.
The wide entrance hall has become a highlight thanks to a new curved staircase clad in V-groove paneling with an Apparatus Tassel light overhead.
To the left of the corridor, a new Heat & Glo gas fireplace with stone surround and custom joinery graces the formal living and dining room.
To the right, hidden behind smooth joinery, you’ll find a study nook lined with House of Hackney peacock wallpaper and a bathroom with a marble sink and a built-in terrazzo-clad bathtub.
Step down to the relaxed living zone, where a glamorous kitchen island with pale green Shaker-style cabinetry combines with calacatta or marble worktops and an Apparatus Trapeze lamp.
There is a Gaggenau oven and gas hob, an integrated Sub-Zero fridge and a Zip tap that serves still, sparkling and boiling water.
There is also plenty of cupboard space, with more storage in the adjoining laundry room.
Herringbone oak has replaced limestone floors throughout the lower level and the new lighting has introduced a warmer atmosphere.
60 Undercliff Street, Neutral Bay NSW 2089
Glass doors open onto a dining terrace – with an electric awning – that steps down to a Secret Garden-designed garden with two magnolia trees, a frangipani, a dry stone wall and plenty of established greenery.
There is one bedroom on the entrance level and three bedrooms upstairs, each with a ceiling fan and built-in storage. A highlight in the bedroom is Julie’s balcony overlooking the garden.
Each of the two skylight bathrooms on this level has its own personality, one with curved frameless glass that wraps around the shower and the other with a royal blue cabinet.