Recently, I posted about Hamptons House, the gorgeous homewares store devoted to all things Hamptons.
This week I’m posting about the ultimate real-life Hamptons inspired house, in Sydney. You’ll all be familiar with this beautiful home in Bellevue Hill, that I have shown before, in particular when I’ve written about interior designer Lynda Kerry who helped with the interior design. You can see the posts here and here. The images from the H&G article a few years ago have featured on blogs around the world and are constantly repinned on Pinterest.
So, I was thrilled to be given a tour of this breathtaking home in person, by the lovely owner Ange. It is every bit as gorgeous as it looks, even more so in real life. A heart stopping kind of gorgeousness that makes you stop and sigh. But apart from all this, it is a warm, welcoming and very functional family home. If ever there was a real-life “Something’s Gotta Give” house in Australia, surely this is it! It exudes a relaxed elegance that is synonymous with that part of the American east coast.
The exciting news is that home is now on the market! I know, I know, how you could they bear to part with this magnificent home, but it made me feel better about leaving mine when I saw this – believe me.
So if you always wondered what the rest of the house looks like – here’s the tour.
The house is painted a fresh white (Antique White USA used throughout house for interior and exterior), with gloss black shutters and front door. When you walk in the front gate this elegant courtyard is on the right. The beautiful vibrant pink bougainvillea looks stunning against the white walls and black roof.
The rear of the house shows the three storeys. The bottom floor which leads onto the rear garden and pool features an expansive kids’ playroom, underground climate controlled cellar, home theatre room, a fully equipped music studio and bathroom. The middle floor has all the living space, kitchen, laundry etc, and the top floor all the bedrooms. The little dormers you can see at the very top in the photo below are in the kids’ secret loft playroom which is accessed by drop-down ladder.
The original 1930s Georgian house was reinvented and expanded by architects Lawton Hurley with elegant parterre gardens and landscaping by William Dangar.
No doubt you’re familiar with this image of the pool house and made the cover of H&G and which was designed to mirror the architecture and style of the house , complete with matching dormer windows. The pool house has its own bathroom and can double as a guest suite. This was the inspiration for our pool cabana, although I never got around to the making the interior quite as stylish as this. The striped rug is from West Elm.
The kitchen is perfection. Honed black granite benchtops contrast with the beautiful hand-painted white shaker style cabinets, with black butt hinges and pull handles. The blacksplash features a small white subway tile and there is a generous ceramic butler’s sink. The Windsor chairs around the dining table and at the island were custom made. The bamboo blinds add a typical classic American touch, along with those striking nickel pendant lights from Restoration Hardware. The kitchen tapware is El Capitan from Nicolazzi. All other tapware from Albert Adams.
The family room below adjoins the kitchen area and is part of the main open plan living space. It is a sea of soft blues, creams, with dark timber and black accents. The pretty blue floral linen on the armchairs and cushions is called Matisse from Bennison Fabrics.. The sofas and dining nook cushions are upholstered in Linara Duck Egg by Romo. The stunning kitchen pendants are from Restoration Hardware. All other lights were imported from Limehouse Lighting. The custom timber floors are American Oak with a bevelled edge to accentuate the wide boards, and stained in a dark chocolate custom mix.
The gorgeous blue striped rug (remember the Something’s Gotta Give! living room rug) was sourced by Ange from Graham Geddes Antiques in Melbourne, after a year long search. The cabinetry either side of the double fronted fireplace has timber paneling on the back and echoes the design of the kitchen. It’s artfully filled with books, woven baskets, blue and white ginger jars, shells and coral.
The family uses the dining nook off the kitchen in cooler inclement weather, but mostly use the outdoor room (below). This space features its own smaller kitchen space and built-in BBQ, with cafe heaters mounted to the ceiling, and sturdy automated clear plastic shade and roller door that keep the elements out. The room can be closed off with sliding doors that fold behind the cream curtains of the family room. I love all the transom windows in this house. The architectural details are so well considered.
The library and sitting room adjoin the family room. The fireplace is utilised by both rooms, although this one features the beautiful textural stonework. The cabinetry in the home is such an asset, both for function and aesthetics. There are lots of generous sisal rugs throughout the house.
The red floral fabric on the armchairs in the library is Eversfield Toile by Stroheim with an antique red linen ticking on the armchairs in the sitting room.
This amazing travertine lined ensuite bathroom has two distinct areas – a wet and a dry room. There are 8 bathrooms in the house, all similarly designed and using similar materials and finishes.
The home theatre is a great space for all the family to relax and watch TV in air-conditioned comfort. The kids’ playroom on the ground floor features a purpose-built mini stage for the kids’ to put on shows, a giant table built at kid-friendly height for craft and games complete with miniature wicker armchairs. The pink panels on the back wall are the very handy and stylish Chat Board, a Danish design. The boards are made of magnetic glass which can be drawn on like a whiteboard, but is magnetic as well. Great idea for keeping families organised too.
The family includes three young girls, who all have beautiful girly bedrooms, with lots of white timber wall paneling, stunning raked ceilings, bay windows, the prettiest wallpaper, soft furnishings and decorative accessories. Each with their own ensuite.
And of course the master bedroom is a beautifully serene sea of blue and white, the walls painted the most heavenly shade with matching striped and floral upholstery fabric.
Isn’t it just perfection and wonderful inspiration. Such a lovely, warm and inviting family home, with a casual elegance and classically American. Ticks all the right boxes for me.
The house is open by appointment only through Sotheby’s Realty Sydney here.
Images courtesy of Sotheby’s and House & Garden.