Double Bay romance

When the owners of this Sydney penthouse apartment stepped into the property as interested buyers for the very first time they were instantly swept off their feet. Occupying the entire top floor of a Spanish Mission style house in the well heeled suburb of Double Bay, the apartment is gifted with unobstructed views of Sydney Harbour, generous amounts of natural light, vaulted ceilings, exquisite Art Deco plasterwork and fluted archways. The “love at first sight” sensation that the owners experienced became the starting point for local design practice Arent&Pyke’s interior design, which was conceived as a gesture of endearment to the property’s architectural heritage and scenic beauty.
From the elective selection of art and furniture to the flowing layout and refined finishes, the apartment conveys a romantic sensibility that transcends styles and eras in order to establish a liveable home.
Crowned by an elegant vaulted ceiling and decorated by a subtle plasterwork frieze, the living room’s uplifting grandeur is matched by the expansive vistas of Sydney Harbour out of the dining room which are framed by an elegant fluted archway. The all-white palette of the plaster walls and ceilings is complemented by the warm hues of the oak parquet flooring whose chevron pattern creates a dynamic geometry that counterbalances the supple flourishes of the plasterwork garlands and the black & white sumptuousness of the Calcutta marble.

Photo by Anson Smart

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