In this exclusive extract from the Belle book Beautiful Australian Homes: Volume II, we select eight Instagram-worthy homes from the country’s leading architects and interior designers.
1. SYDNEY HOME BY ARENT & PYKE.
Clever joinery with beautifully styled shelves will always garner Instagram attention. In this elegant, light-filled home by Arent & Pyke, bookshelves offer a chance to display treasured objects that mix provenance and textures. Tongue and groove details give a nod to the home’s Victorian heritage, while a playful palette is introduced via contemporary furniture – including the dusty pink Vitra armchair and Moroso ‘Fishbone’ coffee table – to update the space for modern family life.
2. SYDNEY HOME BY SIOBHAN ROTHWELL.
Redolent with old-world grandeur while still feeling fresh and modern, this drawing room in an 1850s sandstone residence is anchored by an oversized hall table flanked with Thonet bentwood chairs by Le Corbusier. It’s a decadent but visually effective use of the space – replete with a Phalaenopsis orchid installation by Poho – making it thoroughly ‘Instagramable’.
3. MELBOURNE HOME BY ROB MILLS ARCHITECTURE & INTERIORS.
For architects, a staircase is an opportunity to really push the boundaries – both aesthetically and as a feat of engineering – and the spiral has become a signature for Rob Mills. This daring, ribbon-like example spans three storeys, a moment of lyrical flourish that juxtaposes dynamically with the home’s otherwise rectilinear, modernist lines.
4. SYDNEY HOME BY TOBIAS PARTNERS.
With lashings of Norwegian Rose marble from Artedomus, this bathroom’s electrifying palette owes to the highly personal approach taken by Nick Tobias of Tobias Partners when it came to designing his own home in collaboration with his writer partner, Miranda Darling. “It came from the heart and continues to evolve each day,” says the architect.
5. MELBOURNE HOME BY GREG NATALE DESIGN.
Serving a slice of Los Angeles poolside glamour in Melbourne’s Toorak, Greg Natale brought modern touches to this 1930s Georgian revival home while retaining its stately impact. Contemporary pieces have been deployed throughout the home, yet always with sense of formality and symmetry, while deep purple upholstery, dark stained timber and jet black walls enhance the noirish vibe.
6. SYDNEY HOME BY THOMAS HAMEL & ASSOCIATES.
When it comes to an Instagram-worthy home, it’s all about exquisite details. This penthouse by Thomas Hamel & Associates successfully distils the acclaimed designer’s trademarks into sublime smaller moments – clusters of artworks, flowers, textiles, artefacts and treasured objects – that reflect his personality and travels while introducing a beautifully layered sensibility.
7. SYDNEY HOME BY ROLF OCKERT ARCHITECT.
What could be more Instagram-worthy than uninterrupted Pacific Ocean views? Perched above Bronte Beach in Sydney’s east, this home by Rolf Ockert matches its extraordinary position with an equally impressive design, clad in cool, off-form concrete, limestone and tactile walnut.
8. SYDNEY HOME BY KATE BELL DESIGN.
An Instagramable home understands the art of creating vignettes and this luxe coastal home offers boundless inspiration. Interior designer Kate Bell swathed the spaces in soft, pastel hues that evoke the feeling of a seaside sanctuary while eschewing overtly ‘beachy’ clichés. The result is a soothing and sophisticated canvas punctuated with moments of decorative flair.