AN INNER-CITY TERRACE house in Sydney’s Potts Point received an elegant makeover from Alexandra Kidd which rethinks and refines the vertical connections of the five-storey home.

To create a more functional This terrace is split over five levels and we had to think in terms of vertical space. Instead of connecting rooms left and right, we set out to improve the connections upwards and downwards. Classic. It is a timeless space that will look as chic and tailored in 15 years’ time. A favourite element is the perforated metal balcony with spiral staircase. It is an extension of the dining area where the sun floods in through the new steel windows. There are many beautiful bespoke details and clever uses of space. The kitchen epitomises these elements as the heart of the home, with the living area on one side and dining on the other. The narrow, central island encourages gatherings and is the perfect proportion for an intimate dinner party or a lively cocktail party. The owners moved to the area for the vibe and desired a sophisticated home. For the fixed elements, we used a minimal palette of crisp black and white. Layers of luxurious yet organic materials, such as the island bench in Champagne-coloured stainless steel, Calacatta marble, near-black oak flooring and pure linen drapes, were added throughout. We injected colour and vibrancy via the furnishings, using ochre and earthy tones in unexpected textures. The master bedroom features suede wallpaper with gilt flecks, and the lounge is adorned with crushed-velvet cushions in delicious tones of topaz and crimson.

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