From Cat-tastrophe to cool contemporary
7 March 2019
The premiere of season 12 of the Foxtel series Selling Houses Australia certainly presented Shaynna, Charlie and Andrew with a huge challenge last night! Located in Sydney’s Normanhurst, this family home of 38 years was in such a state, the team’s only option was to take a sledgehammer to the walls and open this dark and dilapidated dwelling right up.
Lyn has a thing for fostering cats, so when she originally put the house up for sale, the scratched walls, clutter and destroyed furniture coupled with a falling market totally turned buyers off. In response, Lyn ripped up the carpets and threw all the furniture away hoping people would spot the potential. But unfortunately all they then saw was the pokey layout and mismatched paint jobs in every room. With Lyn desperate to sell so she could move on and buy a house with her daughter, drastic measures were needed.
How a tiny 1960’s kitchen became an open plan sensation
The original kitchen was nothing short of a disaster, but by completely removing all of the existing cabinetry and starting with a blank canvas, Shaynna created a bright open plan family space overlooking the rear garden.
To complete the look, our Marcel pendant in smoked glass was used over the large island bench. This dark statement piece helped to zone the space and added drama to the neutral palette.
The adjoining living room featured pops of colour while our Blakely table lamps and white Aria fan referenced the monochromatic kitchen.
The key to mixing trends
We loved the freshness of the lounge room which featured a mix of the Naturals trend with subtle touches of black and Art Deco pieces. Our Blakely floor lamps gave this space excellent accent lighting while providing a strong contrast to the organic textures and deco inspired coffee tables. Again, just two bold pieces such as these immediately elevates the design without overpowering the look and feel.
While the master bedroom was cosy and colourful, the addition of built-in robes, our Marcel pendant and Blakely table lamps modernised the look. As Andrew Winter stated, “from desolate to delightful, the house is now packed with personality”.
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