THE PRINCIPAL OF TEXTILES, wallpaper and lighting emporium Boyac, Susanna de Vienne, sought to inject her Sydney terrace with verve and colour without losing its heritage charm.

The starting point was Working within the original space and adapting to a more modern lifestyle proved challenging. We fitted two bathrooms into the existing layout and added storage without impacting classic features, cornices and ceiling roses. Classic and comfortable as well as versatile. It works well in both summer and winter – there is a cosy fireplace for winter months while the house is open to the garden during summer. Having been in the design industry for more than 30 years, I loved being able to use wall coverings and textiles to add a further dimension to the space, both in colour and texture. The bi-fold doors and open-plan kitchen/dining area create a sense of space in a relatively narrow zone. The furniture and artworks are elements we already owned. The paint colour was inspired by my grandfather Charles Lloyd Jones’ paintings, which hang in the main living room, and the bedroom with blush-pink grasscloth wallpaper and printed curtains. The pieces of furniture, large Watteau painting and Du Passage bronzes are from my late husband Count Patrick de Vienne’s collection. Living in the heart of Woollahra with so much at my doorstep. We love being able to enjoy the total calm and green of our back garden like a secret sanctuary of our own.

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