Fashion photographer Georges Antoni, his model wife Phoebe Golayeb and their three young children live in this luxurious family home, nestled in the picturesque suburb of Bilgola Plateau on Sydney’s Northern Beaches, overlooking the Pacific Ocean. and the lush Garigal National Park.
The couple left Bondi Beach in search of a more free life for their children. We certainly found it after renovating an existing 1960’s home. This house is designed to sleep not only the main family of five, but also an extended family of up to 18 people for important occasions.
“Above all, this house was designed and built to be a home that our children would want to return to and a home that our family would want to visit. I wanted a house to sleep in and a great reason for my family to keep coming from Europe,” says Phoebe.
The renovation and addition spans three floors and features four bedrooms, a guest bedroom, a living room, a guest living room, a laundry, an office, and a TV room. And the beauty doesn’t stop at the outside. As well as beautiful gardens, the house features a stunning Mediterranean-inspired swimming pool, lounge and barbecue area.
Inspired by the existing soft circular staircase that connects the ground floor to the granny flat on the lower floor, the curves are a prominent feature. The couple worked closely with Rama Architects to design a home that incorporates curvilinear structural elements that bring femininity to the home’s existing, more masculine linear features.
“Curves and soft lines play a big role in the overall design to give the modernist home an even more feminine feel. We wanted the home to be both masculine and feminine at the same time. We wanted to do that and we achieved that by maintaining a modernist feel while simultaneously celebrating and replicating the juxtaposed curved staircase,” says Phoebe.
From the beginning, the couple made a conscious decision to maintain the mid-’60s modern feel of the house, which sits directly above the Bilgola Plateau. By replicating the original floor-to-ceiling window structure, you can now ensure you take advantage of the magical views. “Two of the most important features of our home are the 15-foot ceilings and large windows in the living area, and the wall-to-wall windows in all bedrooms,” he says, adding that to emphasize the ceilings, says Phoebe, who used Luxaflex sheer curtains. height.
“The sheer linen material provides plenty of privacy when closed, but also allows you to capture the twinkle of a sunset or the silhouette of a bird, allowing you to stay connected to the great outdoors. “It’s like looking at nature through a unique filter,” says Phoebe. .
As for other materials, microcement is used on the floors and ceilings alongside render, stone, travertine, wood and linen, all finished in creamy vanilla tones. Interior stylist Lara Hutton added the finishing touches with fine furniture, artwork, and appliances.
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