I caught a glimpse of Justin Hemmes' Sydney abode yesterday on Instagram and immediately had to see more. The home, which was built in 1831 had belonged to Hemmes' family and was completely renovated by the design firm Hess Hoen. The end result is the PEFECT mix of new and old and it is truly breathtaking. Just take a look....
Yes, this is the type of home that one can only have if you are made of $$$$ but I think that there are a few takeaways that even us mortals can learn from and adopt.
The first thing that caught my eye in this space is that insane hood over the oven. Okay, that we probably can't have... but I love how it's orientated in a way that you don't normally see. It would be so easy to have put it over the island or where the sink is, but by having it off to the side like that it makes the whole room so much more interesting. Its location allowed for the statement lighting over the sink which is something you couldn't have done if the range was on that wall. It also allows for a number of focal points in the room which is surprising given the size of the hood. (For the record the hood itself is so beautiful it actually makes me want to weep).
A second takeaway (and this one is definitely following me to the Costa house) is how beautifully the hardwood floors and the tile intersect in the kitchen / dining. You have the patterns going in different directions, and two very different materials and yet, somehow this just works. Again, it's different and that is what makes it interesting. I would have lost sleep for months over a decision like that so I sure am happy to see someone else do it right.
Thirdly, I love how the rooms are divided by drapery! I can only imagine how beautiful it would look at night when the fabric surrounds the dining room and it really is such a genius way to divide the space. You get all the benefits of an open concept but with so much more softness and warmth. Genius. That is genus.
Lastly, but certainly not in the least, I love love love how light this space is! From the walls, to the cabinetry, to the furniture, to the tile, to the see-thru lighting.... every inch of this home is just so airy! When a home dates back hundreds of years, the tendency is always to go dark and heavy, which of course makes a space feel cavernous.. This is the exact opposite of that and that's what makes it look so light and modern.
There really isn't one negative thing that I could say about this home other than that I don't live there. It's so refreshing to see such a unique property and to see it done so well. Talk about a truly memorable home! Xx
All images via Vogue Australia