Neutral tones and a considered layering of styles and materials gives this Sydney home exquisite texture. Refreshing this house in Balmoral, Sydney, was one of interior designer Pamela Makin’s inspiration.
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House in Balmoral, Sydney, Australia.

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The interior designer focused on neutralising the palette rather than modifying the layout of the three-storey house, enlisting the help of Porter’s Paints to create a creamy colour that would work with the existing travertine tiles and stonework.

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In the foreground of the combined living and dining room is a Corinthian-style coffee table, a Chinese drum from Les Interieurs and a floor lamp.

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A sofa from Space Furniture provides a comfortable place to sit in the living room, while a cotton rug adds softness to the travertine floor.

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Old Chinese leather-bound ledger books and a brass bowl sit on the coffee table.

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In the dining room, a black timber Chinese bowl from Les Interieurs sits atop a French oak dining table from Sally Beresford. Pendant lights and dining chairs add drama, while custom-made metal-framed mirrors from Les Interieurs enhance the sense of space.

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A 19th-century French mirror is a feature in the winter living room.

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In the main bedroom, white bedding and accent cushions in linen from Les Interieurs lighten the heaviness of the custom-made wingback bedhead in black linen, and the leather drum, both from Les Interieurs.

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The house opens out onto generous outdoor spaces, making it ideal for entertaining.

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The refectory table, metal wok from Les Interieurs, and leather-bound music books from The Country Trader.

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A shell chandelier anchors the space around the stairwell.

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Annie Wilkes Design was brought in to oversee lush greenery framing the balcony that overlooks the harbour at the front of the house, and at the back, where a pool and a cabana are located. The custom outdoor daybed is from Les Interieurs.

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In the garden, a daybed is accessorised with brass hurricane lamps from Les Interieurs.

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Mediterranean shade of terracotta for the classically styled facade of the house. The outdoor dining table with wire chairs from Parterre Garden.

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