Today’s stunning residence, Mirror Picture, showcases young inside designer Shona McElroy’s organic inclination to present day design and style with an previous-planet European edge. It’s witnessed in her Venetian plaster partitions, generous use of marble and herringbone flooring.

Acclaimed architect Madeleine Blanchfield, a judge for this year’s Australian Interior Style and design Awards, for which Mirror Graphic built the shortlist in the residential group, explained the household as “beautiful, considerate and creative.”

The operator, a residence developer, says, “In my work I see a lot of amazing properties, but this is the very first time I’ve been glad with what I have. I occur residence and assume, “There’s nowhere else I’d rather are living.”

Never we all want we could say the very same?!

The owners’ quick was “European, New York-type resort,” and they left Shona, of Smac Studio, to do her matter, acquiring worked with her prior to, loved her design and how uncomplicated she was to perform with. The finish final result is so refined and layered, it is hard to think it’s a new construct.

The exquisite Elba marble curved staircase at the entrance sets the scene, with the flooring in this room a reliable slab of Verde Antigua marble. The entrepreneurs really a lot wanted a defined entry to the home, relatively than stepping straight into an open system spot.

It is one particular of lots of placing functions in this unique 4-mattress duplex in Sydney’s Dover Heights, which capabilities a moody powder space less than the stairs with a curved ceiling.

In the kitchen, four can sit comfortably going through every other at the cantilevered island bench in Esmeralda quartzite, and the loved ones like that they never have to all sit in a line. Personalized timber cabinetry with glass doors enables the owners to showcase artwork and photos, when complementing the herringbone ground.

Various structural adjustments experienced to be designed to produce this eyesight. To accommodate the curved staircase the upstairs spot was reconfigured and a void among the stair and skylight was extra. House was also borrowed from the entrance and the powder space thanks to the home’s tight overall width of less than five metres.

The kitchen area was flipped to the shared-wall aspect of the duplex so a floor-to-ceiling, a few-metre-extensive window could be put in for pure gentle and a back garden aspect.

A playful skinny brass pendant light-weight by Gervasoni in excess of the eating table ripples in the breeze and the strong burnished brass rangehood and television cupboard deliver the shiny normal stone back down to earth.

In the residing area, the metallic tones keep on with a 3D artwork commissioned from Anna Pesce.

The entrance and open up plan kitchen area and dwelling regions downstairs ended up separated with mirrored white shaker cabinetry that displays mild and features as a mini butler’s pantry (great for mess management specified the pair have three youthful young ones and several appliances).

The powder room less than the stairs ended up becoming tough but finally, a single of Shona’s favorite areas of the layout. “We definitely didn’t want it to truly feel like it experienced been trapped beneath the staircase, but inevitably which is where by we had to put it. It’s like you are encapsulated in this major darkish inexperienced Venetian plaster cave.”

The entry was also a serious triumph. “I assume that to build an entrance in a residence that slim, to develop these types of a formalised entrance, and separate community areas from the private areas, and to have it pretty grand and just a feeling of entrance, I think that was quite outstanding,” she states. “A good deal of the semis we’d labored on right before experienced a staircase that reduce via the kitchen or another aspect of the household and was nearly like an afterthought. I like the strategy that this breaks up and divides the house. I discover it quite magnificent that you walk from your entertaining areas, that major kitchen area, dwelling dining, external area as a result of this marble forecourt.”

28 calendar year old inside designer Shona McElroy of Smac Studio

Shona, who graduated with an architecture diploma from UTS in 2017, started off her individual studio when she realised she was much more drawn to interiors. But she thinks her architecture schooling provides her a pretty valuable holistic solution. She was thrilled to be shortlisted in the Australian Interior Design and style Awards amongst men and women she has seemed up to for years.

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Photography: Anson Good | Image styling: Claire Delmar | Construction: Airth Developing | Architecture: Van Rooijen Meyers Architects | Landscape architecture: Dangar Basin Smith