Work continues quietly but consistently on the home front. We had the DA approved for the pool, replacement balconies and alterations to the front of the house in February. Richard has been going through the requirements for the construction certificate and all going well, we can start digging the large hole we need in the back garden in about two weeks (Christmas swim anyone?). Trees have been cleared and all is ready. The increase in light to that part of the garden is fantastic – can’t wait to see it all happening. We have spoken with a gardener, Brendan Newton, from the Blue Mountains. He has produced some of the most beautiful gardens for some clients’ of mine in Blackheath and I am so excited by his vision for our house. Once the construction is finished we can start putting in hedges etc that will make the area gorgeous, green and leafy.
The master bathroom is finished. I love the marble, the veins in the stone create wonderful patterns . We used a single piece of marble for the base of the shower and it makes me feel luxurious every morning as I step onto it. The walnut veneer we used in the vanity is repeated in the shelves in an alcove. The wood is a natural element that gives the room warmth and colour – a very traditional combination that works. The tomato and basil of interior design….(forgive me I am thinking about lunch)
We have almost finished renovating the bottom level. The second kitchen will service the largest outside balcony and provide a dedicated space for my very talented dessert making daughter. We used a great travertine in the French pattern – again a very classic look that compliments the style of the house. We made every opening the same height and went through the process of simplifying odd bulkheads etc so the spaces make more sense. We moved the laundry to give the kitchen more room and most importantly installed steel framed doors and windows. I love these doors. They look elegant, lightweight and they work brilliantly. We have used them in every house we have had and now Bellevue Hill feels more like home.
The finishes for this floor. The kitchen bench tops will be in an aged bronze, a wonderful greeny olive colour. The ceiling for the whole floor will be wallpapered in an amazing Larsen paper – the sheen will pick up the light and create a softly glowing ceiling illuminated by pools of reflected light. The island bench will be a block of honed travertine to match the floor. A black ceiling mounted twiggy lamp will be curved in a graceful arc to end just above the island, centred in the room.
The view through to the kitchen. The upper carcasses are in and we waiting for the travertine to be laid on the floors in the next few weeks. Once that happens we can install the rest of the cabinetry. The cupboards will be in raw oak and finished with a clear wipe on product used in flooring. We wanted to protect the wood but not to change the colour. The product is UV stabilised, preventing the yellowing that can take place in older polyurethane formulas.
The foyer on the way to the lower area is finished – needs a bit more furniture, probably a rug! Will think about that later. We have put a Simon Hodgson sculpture there – I love the linear quality of the wire. He is having a show at Robin Gibson Gallery from the 4 June – 9 July and is worth having a look at. The upright desk was originally my Grandmother’s and is on an extended loan from my parents. I love this piece, the marble in the top has fossils and the desk has such personality. I bought it a little jade fish as a tassel to celebrate it’s new home….