When stylist Kerrie-Ann Jones and her family moved into their Darlinghurst home, they lived in the home for several years before renovation, in order to really get a feel for the place. She explains ‘I didn’t want any elements of the house to be driven by fast trends… we wanted to love the look and feel for years to come.’
The result is a timeless and minimal aesthetic, that balances classical refinement with a grounded family space. Kerrie-Ann explains that due to her professional role, she ‘has interior inspiration on tap’ so she honed in on key elements in the home to inform the overall design. The black steel frame doors and balustrade, marble herringbone floors and brushed brass fixtures set the tone for residence.
From her styling work, Kerrie-Ann realised that she was drawn to interiors that have a monochromatic palette, ‘that are elegant and uncomplicated.’ But this isn’t to suggest that this home is bland in ANY way! The wall that runs through the downstairs living, dining and kitchen zones dances with the family’s vibrant art collection – a neutral colour palette in the surrounding scheme grounds the busyness of the art wall.’
The downstairs area of the home is the bustling family zone, and upstairs Kerrie-Ann has created a ‘calm and serene environment.’ She explains ‘down stairs is where all the action happens’ with kids playing, and ‘I really love sneaking upstairs to the top floor bedroom and reading a magazine curled up on the bench-seat with sun streaming in.’ This clever zoning means there is a space for everyone – for play, sun naps, winter cosy nights and bright spring afternoons.
The expertly styled home of Kerri Ann Jones, formers style editor of Real Living magazine. Photo – Maree Homer.
The kitchen. Stools from Coco Republic. Photo – Maree Homer.
That staircase! Kerrie Ann wanted the balustrade to match the steel frame doors, so had a grid-like grill designed, sprayed in a matt black finish. To keep costs low, instead of having a new kitchen installed Kerrie Ann kept the existing framing and had new drawer fronts made and with brushed brass handles from Made Measure. The cupboards under the stairs were kept the same, painted with a neutral sand colour. Photo – Maree Homer.
Lamp by Moda Pierra. Ceramics by Marloe Marloe. Brass sculpture by ACV Studios. Rust sculpture by Kenya. Photo – Maree Homer.
Lamp by Moda Pierra. Ceramics by Marloe Marloe. Brass sculpture by ACV Studios. Rust sculpture by Kenya. Rug from Pampa. Elton John photography by Terry O’Neill.Vintage black leather Falcon chair. Side board from Ikea. Photo – Maree Homer.
How about that shelving unit! Ceramics by various artists including Gretel Corrie, Marloe Marloe, Vintage glassware, Greg Natale, artwork by Giorgia Annabel, Dinosaur Designs. Rug from Pampa. Custom made green sofa. Artwork by Jai Vasicek. Photo – Maree Homer.
Artwork by Inès Longevial. Photo – Maree Homer.
Kids bedroom. Worn Store chair. Rainbow rug from Etsy. Photo – Maree Homer.
The master bedroom. Artwork above bed by Sylvia McEwan. Wall pendants by Buster & Punch from Living Edge. Bedside table from Curious Grace. Flowers by Hermetica flowers. Bedlinen from Bed Threads. Bench from IKEA. Rug from Armadillo & Co Photo – Maree Homer.
Kerrie-Ann wanted a bathroom that could be classic and not date, so she used marble herringbone tiles on the floor, a white freestanding bath and the vanity was custom made with a marble top and splash back and oak veneer. I wanted simple uncomplicated lines. Photo – Maree Homer.
Towels from H&M. Soap and brass soap holder from DEA Store. Flowers by Hermetica. Mirrors bought overseas. Photo – Maree Homer.