SmartSpace Interiors design – City Apartment

Dec 11, 2017 | Anoushka's Blog, Interior design and decoration

Hi Guys. So I’m excited again this week, yes again (I know!) to show you the final finished project of the year. This one is quite different for me in terms of style. Mainly because my clients had spent much time overseas before settling back into Sydney and so many of their décor, art, and furniture pieces were picked up on their travels bringing a lovely rich basis to work from.

Chest and artwork from overseas travels

This project was a renovation of a city based apartment. 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms and an open plan kitchen, dining and living space. We created a master suite by closing off 2 doors to the main hallway and creating openings from one of the back bedrooms, therefore flowing through from a bedroom to a walk in robe (which used to be a study) into an Ensuite. This also made the entryway feel much more spacious and sleek with less doors fussing up the space. We also removed a wall at the end of the kitchen peninsula to open up the space more.

Master bedroom robe removed and bed placed in niche

We gutted and renovated both bathrooms to deliver on a moody colour palette and a masculine aesthetic. We used natural marble penny round floor tiles and beautiful Italian tiles for the wall in a large format dark grey. The vanities included a dark timber veneer feature and both bathrooms got the same treatment for consistency. We removed the bath in one and created a large walk in shower.

Bathroom before and after

New vanity and shaving cabinetry detail

The kitchen needed to be light and bright so we opted for white cabinetry and for our feature we used Caesarstone Statuario Nuvo for the benchtops and splashback. We also placed the pantry off of the hallway creating a large amount of storage away from the main kitchen area.

Kitchen before and after

Wall removed at the end of the kitchen peninsula

The timber floors throughout where from Precision flooring so 100% American oak treated to create that darker slight grey tone. And by using sheers and block out window coverings they diffuse a lot of the stark sunlight in the day and give plenty of privacy day and night.

Lounge and dining room

Our furnishings blended the pieces from my clients’ travels. Lots of warm greys, purples and gold worked well in this apartment. Especially with the darker heavier timbers and artwork. The dining table extends out to seat 10 if needed, and both spare bedrooms are set up as studies that have wall beds for guests to stay.

I feel cocooned when inside this apartment, away from the hustle and bustle of the city outside. It’s warm, homely, quiet and yet feels spacious and light, rich with stories of travels and the characters of the people living there.

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