“Your home should be an inviting sanctuary that reflects your personality and passions. With the right design, you never want to leave – and friends always want to visit.”
Elegant, livable luxury. Classic with a modern twist. I thought it was time for some traditional interior design. Not that I mean stuck in a time warp or old fashioned. No I mean attention to detail, flawless execution, never trendy but always stylish and elegant. Abigail Rizor & Hattie Wolfe, the design duo behind Wolfe Rizor Interiors.
Today I’m stalking interior design history. High atop The Princeton building in Double Bay, Sydney is the penthouse apartment home of one of the most recognisable figures in Australian interior design Leslie Walford AM. Occupying the entire top floor of the 1939 Art Deco building, the 500sqm penthouse sanctuary commands uninterrupted northerly harbour views to Manly. Walford, who died this year, set the taste and style of Sydney’s eastern suburbs through the ’60s and ’70s. If Florence Broadhurst was the style maven of the beau monde decorating scene then Walforde was interior design doyen of the establishment. His was an eclectic mix of antique furniture, Australian art, rich oriental rugs and objet sourced from around the world. His penthouse home is a time capsule of a life well lived, of style and grace and another time. If you have the rumored $4.5+ million it is for sale here. The contents are being auctioned at Mossgreen on November 18.
Hands up who hasn’t seen Sisley cosmetics Christine d’Ornano’s London home. Hands up who hasn’t drooled over the blue velvet doors and yellow chairs of “that” dining room/library. Hands up those who missed the m,any interiors magazine features including Elle Decor. The paintings, the OTT 70s floral fabric bedroom walls, the overstuffed sofas and modernist chairs. I love that house. So I was overjoyed to see Joanna Henderson‘s interpretation of the rooms. I think this talented British photographer’s images truly capture the everyday beauty, the family style, the livability of this fabulous home. Relaxed and casual but very, very special.
In keeping with the traditional theme I started earlier today, let me introduce you to Charleston, South Carolina interior designer Amelia Handegan. She has had the pleasure of working on several of Charleston’s nationally recognized historic homes. Her mostly traditional decor is elegant yet comfortable and liveable, and I am smitten with the rustic cabins she designed. Really simple and really soothing. Lovely spaces.
A cottage remodel in Mill Valley, California. Casually elegant with open plan living, a kitchen to die for and an entrance that welcomes and impresses. Colour brings the spaces to life. A wonderful transformation of a humble house into a welcoming family home. Residential Design by Heydt Designs, Interior Design by Benjamin Dhong and Matthew MacCaul Turner. Photography by David Duncan Livingston.