Collect pieces from your travels to give your home a worldly feel
Time spent working in Beijing allowed this couple to build a collection of Asian art and artefacts that gives their sleek, modern renovation an exotic edge.
A Federation bungalow in Randwick in Sydney’s east.
Who lives here
Journalist Stephen Hutcheon, his wife Kate Wakeman, sons Lewis, 17, Angus, 12, and dog Archie.
What we did
“When we bought the house 18 years ago, we did a small renovation, but as the kids grew up the space wasn’t what we needed,” says Kate. “We were pretty much living in our bedroom, which had the nicest light. We brought in Jon and Katie King of Design King Company architects.” Now, curved walls sweep from the hallway up to the new open plan living room/dining room/ kitchen, where the couple’s bedroom once was. And from there a staircase leads up to a new and spacious master suite. “People say they wouldn’t know it was the same house,” says Kate.
“The living room – it’s the space where everyone hangs out.”
“It’s a nice street with nice people. It’s close to city and the beach – each morning I take Archie for a walk and I can see the water.”
Future home plans
“More de-cluttering!” says Kate, laughing.
“Use an architect and designer who think the way you do. There are so many choices when you’re renovating, so they can help you narrow them down.”
This article originally appeared in The Sydney Morning Herald
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