A sandstone treasure reimagined by YSG Studio

A sandstone treasure reimagined by YSG Studio

  • July 25, 2023

Soft Serve by YSG Studio

The award-winning reinvention of one of Rozelle’s historic treasures, references the old while bringing a playful contemporary narrative to the interiors with an inspired fusion of colour, texture and materiality that achieves a soul-soothing family sanctuary in the heart of the village. Built c1860, the former Victorian Georgian corner shop has undergone a bespoke revival by YSG Studio that injects a sense of light, lift and vitality into the home, inspired by the delicacy of Art Nouveau flourishes and the restrained elegance of Japanese design.

A reimagined 19th century sandstone treasure

Capturing views to the city’s iconic skyline from the upper levels, the three-storey residence is set on a sunny corner block between the village heart and the harbour foreshore. Windows on the north side bring in beautiful natural light while a landscaped secret garden at the rear creates a tranquil entertainer’s haven. An 8m wide deck off the main bedroom is a perfect spot for enjoying magic sunsets over the city.

Every detail has been carefully considered and crafted by artisans, from the custom joinery and exotic marble finishes to the luminous Marmorino plaster wall finishes and window dressings to create a home of enduring style: but it’s the restored convict-cut sandstone walls that are the hero of the interiors. Peachy tones blend with sage accents for an upbeat feel, while windows on three sides frame tranquil vignettes and leafy outlooks through the treetops.

Romancing the stone

The entry level is devoted to living and entertaining, with Chambon travertine natural stone floors a perfect complement to the historic stone walls. A sunken lounge with 4m high ceilings engages with the streetscape, with moulded Marmorino plaster seating anchoring the space, while a custom pendant light of Australian Red cedar with Poplar burl cups hangs from the void in the dining room. Designed to be both beautiful and functional, a state-of-the-art Black Fantasy Quartzite kitchen features Cortona Quartzite benchtops and Poplar burl cabinetry, with a 900cm dual fuel Ilve oven, Miele dishwasher and integrated French door fridge.

This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is 6ee5aa083461ac7adab44520c723fd321a9ce5c4-1024x682.jpeg Designed to integrate with the garden through floor-to-ceiling steel-framed doors, the private living spaces at the rear include a casual living room, music salon (with room for a baby grand!) and home office bathed in sunshine. A sheltered entertainer’s terrace has been conceived as an alfresco room with sandstone steps up to a private lawn framed by a pair of Magnolia trees. Upstairs a family room engages with the garden via French doors to a charming balcony while leadlight windows achieve a jewel-box effect.

Sanctuary like bedrooms

Four bedrooms are conceived as private sanctuaries with the palatial 60sqm master bedroom featuring a Jetmaster gas fireplace, dressing room and a dreamy ensuite with Corteccia quartzite vanity with Mother of Pearl mosaic tiles from Surface Gallery that sparkle in the sunlight. The top floor retreat features a blue ensuite and wide views over the heritage rooftops to the city skyline from a Juliet balcony that are beautiful by day and magic by night. Formerly a bedroom, the main bathroom features beautiful sandstone walls and a peach-hued vaulted ceiling with a Water Monopoly Rockwell bath as centrepiece, and a honed Pietra Verde natural stone vanity with brass tapware by Astra Walker.

A dreamy interplay of colour, texture and light

Careful preservation of original features and the introduction of contemporary detailing and materiality has created a home that surprises and delights at every turn. Hemp rendered walls, American Oak joinery and frayed silk and seagrass, create a highly resolved yet wonderfully liveable family haven that has featured extensively in high-end design journals and won a string of prestigious awards including the Interior Design Excellence Award 2021. The design is inspirational with every detail carefully considered and beautifully crafted to deliver a dreamy interplay of colour, texture and light that achieves a rich, sensual feeling with subtle curves and artisan finishes. Fireplaces have been restored and original Kauri boards painted in a mellow shade of eucalyptus green while lighting from Akoya, Studio Alm, Castorina & Co and Volker Haug set an ambient mood.

“Just as all monumental stars need a great supporting act, tactile finishes play to the splendour of the stone walls.” Yasmine Ghoniem, YSG Studio
Historic grandeur meets cutting-edge design As you would expect with a property of this calibre, features are extensive and include internal access to a 30sqm garage with storage loft, Daikin ducted air, underfloor heating, guest powder room, custom curtains by Simple Studio, solid Oak handrail designed by YSG and made by Jonathon West, custom walnut joinery and European appointments. Surrounded by cafes just 250m to the heart of Rozelle village, this one-of-a-kind property is an easy 3km trip to the CBD offering the best of city convenience and cosmopolitan village living.
Awards 2021 Winner Idea Interior Design Excellence Awards The Design Files Awards 2021 Commendation Belle Fanuli Interior Design Awards Shortlist Design Journals Belle October 2021 Elle Decor October 2021 Vogue Living Local Project Archipro The Design Files Arch Daily Est Living

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