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April 15, 2013













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


  1. Engracia says:

    Hi Juliette & Sarah-Jane
    I love your style and of all the houses I have seen of yours, this is most definitely my favourite, a great example of relaxed family living with a sophisticated edge and I just love how you use colour. We have just bought a house which is also federation (Sydney Upper North Shore) and I would love to know the colours you used in the living areas (formal and informal). Currently our house is painted throughout in Hog Bristle which I really don’t like and I like the palette you have used in this house.
    Thanks in advance

    • arentpyke says:

      Hi Engracia,
      Thank you ! That is so nice to hear. We used Resene paints throughout the house and the lower floor is a combination of “Tea” in the living room, and “Quarter Thorndon Cream” in the kitchen and casual dining. Good luck with your home!

  2. Engracia says:

    Hi Sarah-Jane,
    Many thanks for your reply, appreciate the time you took from your busy work, many thanks for the colour names. I’m off to Resene.

  3. Tamara says:

    What is the name of the artist whose work hangs above the dark marble fireplace in the sitting room?

    • AP says:

      Hello there Tamara and thank you for your question. The artwork over the fireplace is by Michael Muir. Michael is represented by Sophie Gannon Gallery in Melbourne and Jan Murphy Gallery in Brisbane.


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