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A stylish haven in Sydney

This elegant Sydney home, offering the very best in relaxed living, has been skilfully adapted to suit its new owners

By Karen Cotton
Added 11:10 | May 10, 2016
  • Fabulous views of Sydney Harbour can be enjoyed from the terrace and manicured garden.

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  • The shady terrace has a Mediterranean feel, thanks to the pergola with its abundance of wisteria, and the soft plaster tones of the wall.

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  • A pair of antique arched mirrors on the wall provides an extra dimension to this delightful al fresco dining space.

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  • A central courtyard with its oversized planters and original water feature connects the different areas of the home.

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  • This light and airy entrance hall is furnished with classic pieces and finished with a dramatic crystal chandelier.

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  • The downstairs rooms feature a comfortable blend ofclassic furniture – much of it bespoke – and antique pieces.

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  • The kitchen and dining area are divided by a classic island. The trio of lanterns creates an arresting finishing touch.

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  • This hallway has been given interest with a grasscloth wallcovering above classic panelling, and a neatly hung display of artwork.

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  • The spacious, uncluttered bathroom has hotel-luxe appeal.

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  • Soft taupe, grey and white set a restful tone in the master suite.

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  • Marco Meneguzzi.

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Marco Meneguzzi is more than familiar with this particular Sydney property that, perched on a rock hundreds of metres above street level, overlooks the city’s iconic harbour. The designer has now been involved with this home’s decoration and design not once, but twice, and for two very different sets of owners.

‘It was a compliment to be asked by the present owners to work on a redesign of the house,’ he says. ‘This was based solely on the fact that they liked what I had created for the former occupants. It was a case of keeping those design aesthetics in mind, but personalising the home to suit the new owners’ tastes and needs.’

The first task was to reconfigure the layout, and Marco worked closely with architect Michael Suttor on the project. ‘The house consisted of five bedrooms, which didn’t really work for the present owners,’ says Marco. ‘We decided to take it to three, which then meant we were able to increase the floor space of the master bedroom and incorporate an en suite bathroom and dressing room.’ With grandchildren an important consideration, the owners were also keen to add a purpose-built nursery as well as
a guest suite. Finally, a state-of-the-art gymnasium and an internal lift were installed into the impressive new footprint.

When it came to the decor, Marco explains, ‘I wanted to give the house a comfortable and relaxed feel inside and out.
 I introduced lots of textures, such as the grass cloth wallcovering that lines the hallway and the Belgian linen used on the walls in the bedroom and study. The intricate wall mouldings were also installed to add interest.’


The designer Marco Meneguzzi is a Sydney-based interior designer. Specialising in relaxed, contemporary interiors that flow seamlessly into exterior spaces, Marco takes inspiration from his frequent travels around the globe.

The home The property is spread over two levels with three bedrooms, a nursery, guest suite, open-plan kitchen and dining room, living room and study positioned around a central courtyard. An internal garage and gym are located on the lower ground floor.

Chocolate-brown herringbone parquet floors and off-white walls form the perfect neutral backdrop for a collection of classic furniture, many of which were custom-designed by Marco to complement the owner’s antique pieces, such as the exquisite gate-leg occasional table that sits in the hall. A custom-made dining table with a parquetry inlaid top was made by a master craftsman to Marco’s careful design and teamed with a set of dining chairs upholstered in an elegant Venetian damask.

‘The owners love to entertain, so the kitchen is a very important area – we actually equipped it with two of everything!’ explains Marco. The generous island was finished with dramatic Calacatta marble that was used extensively throughout the space. Three treasured Hundi lanterns bought on holiday in South Africa hang overhead, while a butler’s pantry extends the work area and creates essential storage space. Fresh blue and white patterned fabrics give the soft furnishings a crisp, contemporary look
and have been used both inside and outside on the terrace – a favourite area for entertaining and relaxing.

A central courtyard framed with French doors links the home’s many areas and allows natural light to flood into the interiors. Landscape designer Annie Wilkes was responsible for the garden and added a distinctly European feel with oversized planters in dusty green, as well as olive trees and sculptural succulents.
A water feature made from a French urn is a soothing focal point.

Marco admits this has been a very enjoyable and special project for him and one that he hopes will continue as the home – and its owners – naturally evolve over time. 

By Karen Cotton

By Karen Cotton