A renowned Australian painter unleashes her vivid palette preferences in her 4-storey Paddington terrace.

Élan’s refurbishment acknowledges the Victorian building’s provenance with strong timber elements, yet layers it with a contemporary sensibility and practicality. Vignettes of energetic colour and pattern play pop out against the modernist architectural lines created within this family home to balance its vibrancy harmoniously.

The entrance hall and street level rooms are grounded with smoked European Oak floorboards, whilst the kitchen and adjoining pantry with their intricately laid intarsia-patterned floor tiles combined with the powder room’s custom Bisazza glass mosaic wall rising above a copper-tiled floor add an optical patina. Fundamentally, design decisions incorporated the opportunity to do something clever, custom and often playful. Cue the 1970’s highly polished chrome lighting fixture by Angelo Gaetano Sciolari adorning the powder room’s wall like a magnetic vine beside the sculpted trunk-like marble pedestal basin by leading 20th Century Italian designer Angelo Mangiarotti for Agape.

Framing aspects of the individual spaces, Walnut joinery adds solid assurance throughout, whilst smoked European Oak features prominently in the cellar with a custom-made floor to ceiling wine rack incorporating individually angled portals to display finer vintages. A refreshing splash of Concordia marble features prominently in the kitchen ushering light, open navigation between the pantry, cellar and laundry with their unified white walls. Further revealing the owners’ creative streak and discerning eye, a 1950’s Italian chandelier from Gallery DONCameron hovers above the kitchen’s island bench – another prized mid-late 20th Century fixture sourced globally to stamp the home with a unique element of theatricality.

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