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In Out - Vaucluse 2 House by Arent&Pyke

In Out - Vaucluse 2 House by Arent&Pyke

In Out - Vaucluse 2 House by Arent&Pyke

In Out - Vaucluse 2 House by Arent&Pyke

In Out - Vaucluse 2 House by Arent&Pyke

In Out - Vaucluse 2 House by Arent&Pyke

In Out - Vaucluse 2 House by Arent&Pyke

In Out - Vaucluse 2 House by Arent&Pyke

In Out - Vaucluse 2 House by Arent&Pyke

In Out - Vaucluse 2 House by Arent&Pyke

In Out - Vaucluse 2 House by Arent&Pyke

In Out - Vaucluse 2 House by Arent&Pyke

In Out - Vaucluse 2 House by Arent&Pyke

Today we look back to the Harbour House, an Arent&Pyke project from some years ago. We like to feature our projects on In/Out not only to showcase our work but because they are often used as a reference point for exciting new projects.

The Harbour House has an exceptional view and although the harbour panoramas are irresistible, there is an inward focus – on the family being together and enjoying their home. The vast open spaces were celebrated with a sophisticated contemporary palette for the clients to enjoy dining, living, relaxing, entertaining and resting.

From the outset, the clients had a vivid image of the way they wanted to experience their new home and the landscape around it. Our intention was to bring light, sophisticated softness and warmth to the house despite the largely neutral decorative palette. The spaces are open, calm and soft and the furnishings refined. Key pieces from French furniture house Christian Liaigre are complimented by crisp white Minotti sofas and iconic pieces, such as the Taccia lamp from Flos make this interior timelessly elegant.

Credits:
Photography by Jason Busch
Styling by Megan Morton

Harbour House by Arent&Pyke

In Out - The Pavilion House shortlisted in the Australian Interior Design Awards

In Out - The Pavilion House shortlisted in the Australian Interior Design Awards

In Out - The Pavilion House shortlisted in the Australian Interior Design Awards

In Out - The Pavilion House shortlisted in the Australian Interior Design Awards

In Out - The Pavilion House shortlisted in the Australian Interior Design Awards

It is with absolute joy that we are proud to announce that our project, the Pavilion House in Sydney’s Bellevue Hill has been shortlisted for Residential Decoration in this year’s Australian Interior Design Awards. This kitchen has proven to be quite popular via our Instagram, and as seen in Belle Magazine (first the kitchen here, then the bathroom here). We are so humbled to see this project in the company of our much respected and admired contemporaries.

The Avenue House has also been nominated for the Residential Decoration and Residential Design categories. More on The Avenue soon.

We thank you all for you support. It’s a true honour.

Credits:
Styling by Megan Morton
Photography by Anson Smart

THE PAVILION HOUSE SHORTLISTED IN THE AUSTRALIAN INTERIOR DESIGN AWARDS

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In/Out - Arent&Pyke: Vaucluse House
In/Out - Arent&Pyke: Vaucluse House
In/Out - Arent&Pyke: Vaucluse House
In/Out - Arent&Pyke: Vaucluse House
In/Out - Arent&Pyke: Vaucluse House
In/Out - Arent&Pyke: Vaucluse House
In/Out - Arent&Pyke: Vaucluse House
In/Out - Arent&Pyke: Vaucluse House
In/Out - Arent&Pyke: Vaucluse House
In/Out - Arent&Pyke: Vaucluse House
In/Out - Arent&Pyke: Vaucluse House
In/Out - Arent&Pyke: Vaucluse House
In/Out - Arent&Pyke: Vaucluse House
In/Out - Arent&Pyke: Vaucluse House
In/Out - Arent&Pyke: Vaucluse House
In/Out - Arent&Pyke: Vaucluse House
In/Out - Arent&Pyke: Vaucluse House
This beautiful home belongs to a family that we have been lucky enough to work with on more than one project. They are a gorgeous family, and it was such a lovely journey with them creating this home.

From the outset, the clients had a vivid image of the way they wanted to experience their new home. They were really keen to capture the mood of a recent holiday to the Greek Islands – a time and place where they were happy, relaxed and unhurried.

We believe the joy of a family home is ultimately the accumulation of experiences and memories, so we approached this project with a sense of how each space was going to be used & experienced. We want our decorative schemes to deliver comfort, freedom, intimacy, privacy as well as practicality. It was from this viewpoint that the material palette and furnishing schemes were developed.

Although the views outward to the harbour are completely irresistible, there is an inward focus – on the family being together and thoroughly enjoying their home. The vast spaces have been broken down into more intimate pockets where the clients could enjoy dining, living, relaxing, entertaining, and resting. The material and colour palette was devised to complement the client’s desire for a largely beachy yet sophisticated home, one that felt like you could be away on holiday. While the clients had an innate love of neutral – we encouraged them to embrace a bit of colour and pattern. Of course! We feel that overly neutral schemes tend to be more flat than restful.

As interior designers we want the aesthetics, the functionality and the experience of the space to be as natural as possible. Our process always involves the client as much as possible and this project was a process of appreciation and discovery for them.

We were thrilled that the Vaucluse House was featured in InsideOut magazine late last year. Read the full feature here.

Vaucluse house by Arent&Pyke

Arent&Pyke, interior design, interiors, yellow, bedroom, patterned armchair, michael muir, red door, sydney, woollahra, outdoor, thonet

In/Out - WOOLLAHRA HOUSE BY ARENT&PYKE

In/Out - WOOLLAHRA HOUSE BY ARENT&PYKE

In/Out - WOOLLAHRA HOUSE BY ARENT&PYKE

In/Out - WOOLLAHRA HOUSE BY ARENT&PYKE

In/Out - WOOLLAHRA HOUSE BY ARENT&PYKE

In/Out - WOOLLAHRA HOUSE BY ARENT&PYKE

In/Out - WOOLLAHRA HOUSE BY ARENT&PYKE

In/Out - WOOLLAHRA HOUSE BY ARENT&PYKE

In/Out - WOOLLAHRA HOUSE BY ARENT&PYKE

In/Out - WOOLLAHRA HOUSE BY ARENT&PYKE

In/Out - WOOLLAHRA HOUSE BY ARENT&PYKE

We know how much you loved the colourful post we did on Lucy’s room, and the earlier feature on this home as seen in House & Garden magazine – so we thought we’d show you a bit more of this truly gorgeous project we completed in Woollahra.

Our clients were a young family who wanted a house that would be liveable and practical, but were otherwise completely open to our interpretation of the spaces – they gave us carte blanche on the decorative scheme, which is unusual. A designer’s dream! The overriding brief was to maintain the traditional character elements of the period home, but to make it light and bright to support a young and modern aesthetic. The style of the previous owner was completely out of step with that of our client – it was dark, with chunky joinery, elaborate sound and light technology – which included televisions that descended into the floor!

We brightened the entire living areas with a generous lick of light and bright neutral paint colours from Resene, and paired it with some bright fabrics from GP&J Baker and colourful artwork. This created a perfectly relaxed atmosphere, maximising the natural light and immediately made the space feel lighter and more contemporary.Upstairs in the master bedroom, the client was open to making a bold colour statement with a moody blue-grey wall from Dulux. The room was large enough to take the drama, and it created a true sense of moving into a personal, intimate space for the adults of the house. The acidic tones of Christopher Farr fabric in yellow on the occasional chair and custom cushions offsets the dark walls.

A year later the client contacted us to create a beautiful bedroom for their 6-year-old daughter full off colour, pattern and clever storage – which we delivered in a delicious mix of Christopher Farr fabrics, cushions from John Robshaw, industrial Jielde lamp , bedside and Kelly chair from Jardan and a knockout custom unit in red, pink and white and playful artwork from the clever Rachel Castle artwork.

The Arent&Pyke approach to decoration always begins with how the client can get the most out of each space, and how we can use the decoration to enhance their experience of their home.

Credits: Design by Arent&Pyke. Photography by Tom Ferguson Photography

WOOLLAHRA HOUSE BY ARENT&PYKE

New York Apartment by Arent & Pyke

In/Out - New York Apartment by Arent & Pyke

In/Out - New York Apartment by Arent & Pyke

In/Out - New York Apartment by Arent & Pyke

In/Out - New York Apartment by Arent & Pyke

In/Out - New York Apartment by Arent & Pyke

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In/Out - New York Apartment by Arent & Pyke

In/Out - New York Apartment by Arent & Pyke

In/Out - New York Apartment by Arent & Pyke

In/Out - New York Apartment by Arent & Pyke

Amidst the hustle and bustle of Manhattan, this West Village pied-a-terre is Arent&Pyke’s first foray into designing abroad – as recently seen in Vogue Living. Owned by an Australian family of 5 – it was important to the clients to maintain the Australian ‘liveable & comfortable’ aesthetic when staying in New York.

While blessed with a rare courtyard garden in the heart of Manhattan, the indoor space was intimate – so every element was specific and considered. Clean lines provided by the Cappellini sofa and Minotti armchair kept the apartment uncluttered. With a focus on fewer more significant pieces of furniture the Utrecht chair was perfect for creating a sense of comfortable gravitas with a small footprint. Colours were kept light and bright to keep the scheme dynamic, while brave use of pattern created visual interest without the need to over-decorate. Custom bedheads made from dramatic Christopher Farr fabric bring interest to the bedroom, paired with gorgeous Bemboka bedlinen to create a peaceful mood . Texture, rugs and upholstery rendered the apartment soft and comfortable in the colder seasons without being overbearing in the warmer seasons. Key to the scheme was the beautiful colour-blocked ‘Zap’ rug, by The Rug Company in New York, which achieved a bright and vibrant aesthetic and anchored the scheme as a whole.

The end result was an urban oasis for a client that revels staying in the most exciting part of the city, yet desires their personal space to be calm, comfortable and stylish.

Credits: Design by Arent&Pyke. Photography by Anson Smart.

NYC Apartment by Arent&Pyke

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In/Out - A DASH OF RED & A POP OF PINK

In/Out - A DASH OF RED & A POP OF PINK

In/Out - A DASH OF RED & A POP OF PINK

In/Out - A DASH OF RED & A POP OF PINK

In/Out - A DASH OF RED & A POP OF PINK

You might recall our earlier post about our lovely Woollahra project that appeared in House & Garden last year? Well, a year after we finished this project the client contacted Arent&Pyke to ask us to create a beautiful room for her 6 year old daughter. She had just started big school after all, and it was only fair that she had a ‘big girl’ room. The brief was for colour, great storage and a rightful place for all her precious little nick-nacks.

In response we delivered a room full of fresh colour and considered details. A custom bedhead finished in Christopher Farr fabric and complementary cushions from John Robshaw from Ascraft set the tone and the red theme red was extended to the industrial Jielde lamp, the legs on the Jardan bedside stool, and coloured panels on the custom joinery unit. A fanciful green parrot fabric from Christopher Farr was also selected to upholster the Jardan Kelly chair, which sits oh so perfectly under the gorgeous Rachel Castle artwork.

Threads of pink throughout the scheme softened the red making it feminine and playful, but avoiding any sense of fairy floss.

Credits: Woollahra House by Arent&Pyke. Image by Tom Ferguson Photography.

A DASH OF RED & A POP OF PINK by Arent&Pyke

Squad Ink - Potts Point

In/Out - Squad Ink

In/Out - Squad Ink

In/Out - Squad Ink

In/Out - Squad Ink

Earlier this year we were enlisted to help creative branding agency Squad Ink, who share our ‘hood, to make-over their newly purchased studio in Potts Point. Squad Ink is a multi-disciplinary, full-service design and branding studio led by creative directors (and twin brothers) Matthew and Terry Squadrito. Oh yes, and we should probably point out that Matthew is the other half of our own Juliette Arent!

Squad Ink is quirky, cheeky, clever and colourful – and this is clear as day in their work. And it was important that these traits were also evident in their workspace where all the magic happens, and where their clients get that all important first impression.

Blessed with loads of natural sunlight, fresh air, and a green outlook – the studio was a gorgeous space to design. An Eames table was selected for the meeting room, with a dramatic black Tolomeo floor lamp for lighting. But what really packs a punch in this scheme is the ‘Mondrian Blue’ bentwood chairs from our friends at Thonet. Definitely not backwards in coming forwards, those chairs!

The artwork, ‘Laser Eyes’ is an original screen print from ‘FriendsWithYou‘ art collaborators. It was Squad Ink’s first art purchase when they started the business. They are huge fans of colour and geometric patterns and there’s a common playful touch with all of FriendsWithYou works that they love. The Golden Bananas by Harry Allen were a gift from their copywriter, Andy Georgiou of Copy&Co and Mark Ward of Bureau Six. They suspect there might be some hidden messaging behind this gift but it is a great addition to the golden pig (see below).

A little studio ‘moment’ features an Eames LCW chair, a Prismatic table by Isamu Noguchi and a potted Strelitzia. Simple, and perfect.

Our considered custom joinery creates a functional space for both storage and shared working, in particular the large island which is perfect for creative brainstorming. The custom bookshelf finished in Dulux ‘Tingle’ is a great way to display the library, and makes a dramatic statement. The yellow stool from Mark Tuckey rounds out the colour palette.

Silver Tolomeo desk lamps provide important task lighting for the workstations, while the custom bronze Squad Ink logo signage makes a slick statement at the entrance.

Credits: Interior design by Arent&Pyke. Images courtesy of Anson Smart

SQUAD INK by Arent&Pyke

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In/Out - Balmoral Beach House by Tom Ferguson

In/Out - Balmoral Beach House by Tom Ferguson

In/Out - Balmoral Beach House by Tom Ferguson

In/Out - Balmoral Beach House by Tom Ferguson

Your interiors needn’t fight for attention with your exteriors. Embrace the views and let them complement your scheme, and become another element of your palette. The owners of the Balmoral beach house asked us to harmonise their home with the beachside location. And why would you fight ocean views? We took blue to the next level, boldly and unapologetically. Blue when paired with white and natural materials is always so successful.

Credits: Balmoral Beach House by Arent&Pyke. Images courtesy of Tom Ferguson Photography

Balmoral Beach House by Arent&Pyke

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