How do you transform a large historic home into a youthful contemporary family home without compromising the grandeur of its architectural heritage? This was the challenge Claire Driscoll Delmar faced and she managed to get it right, reflecting her passion for art, travel and fashion. Claire provided a completely blank canvas and boldly complemented the historic features of the home with contemporary furniture, sculptural lighting, textured fabrics, playful wallpaper and pops of color, as well as the clients’ playful art collection of paintings, photographs and sculptures, the house project got its name.
From the formal paneling and parquet flooring, to the ornate ceiling cornices and roses, to the sculpted marble paneling and arched openings, the renovated decor not only speaks of the building’s history, but also reflects the clients’ love of European architecture. Wrapped in a muted palette of white, light and dark gray tones, the renovated building fabric has been transformed into an austere canvas on which the designer unleashed her creativity, adding playful touches of vibrant colour, lush textures and playful shapes that define the spaces pervade sense of humor as well as elegance.
A range of bespoke furniture by Sydney designer Jonathan West, such as the hallway sideboard, kitchen stool and bedroom headboard and bedside tables, are interwoven with contemporary and modernist pieces. Each space has been carefully curated to balance old and new, muted tones with colorful accents and polished finishes with soft textures as part of an interplay between male and female psyches.