Sitchu Living

HOME TOUR “WahroongaHouse is an example of midcenturymodern designwith thewarmth and playfulness of PalmSprings.” – Cushla McFadden ‘‘ W 3 here some homes look like they’ve been plucked straight from a fairytale picture book with lush gardens at every turn, Wahroonga House is an ode toAustralianmid-century architecture on Sydney’sUpperNorth Shore. Accentuating its garden outlook and surrounding bushland, this 1950s home has received a sophisticated yet playful makeover by Tom Mark Henry and Quantum Built to better reflect the taste and lifestyle of design-savvy owners, Liana and James Shaw- Taylor, and their young family. The design brief given to Cushla McFadden, one half of interior design powerhouse Tom Mark Henry, was to “pay homage to the home’s 1950s structure with an eclectic twist while drawing on the site’s architectural period. To have a sense of fun with unexpected design elements yet remain cohesive and rational.” And this is precisely what Cushla set about achieving. “Wahroonga House is an example of mid-century modern design, referencing the warmth and playfulness of Palm Springs balanced with a laid-back sense of sophistication,” says Cushla. “The home evokes a strong connection to the Rose Seidler House designed by Harry Seidler in 1950, as well as the mid-century residential architecture of Palm Springs.” Inspired by the surrounding bushland, the home’s earthy palette and materiality unify the interiors and exteriors while setting the mood of the laid-back yet sophisticated family home that holds the promise of joy. “The house is a fabulous entertaining space for kids and adults. The colour palette brings joy to all who visit and adds a sense of fun to the overall space,” says Cushla. “The connection to the surrounding bushland through the use of rich, deep colours and varying textures has created a house that is reflective of the site’s context, and as a result, has created a playfully sophisticated family home.” Theopen-plan livingarea–dining, kitchenand lounge–hasastunning cohesiveness with earth-inspired colours, textures and materiality, balanced by sinuous shapes that nod to mid-century design. In the kitchen, a rich golden-brown mosaic-tiled kitchen island sits against deep forest-green joinery. Underfoot, terracotta tiling flows through to other living spaces, while above, white painted timberlined ceilings with triangular structural beams reference the strong, clean lines of modernist design. “The inviting Valley Sofa by Jardan takes centre stage with its curved form, perfectly sitting on the rich and luxurious Egyptian rug by Armadillo in the russet colourway. The custom designed curved joinery unit with inset rattan panels provides storage space, as well as a place to display art and objects fromCuratorial+Co. and Hay.”

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