Harbourside Entertainer

Harbourside Entertainer

A perfect spot to sit back and unplug

  • Architectural elements
  • Drama and scale
  • Contrasting forms

We were asked to collaborate on this exciting project by GL friend and design guru Tina Engelen who was commissioned to make a comprehensive renovation on this Sydney home overlooking Middle Harbour.

Key to the success of the living areas is the central courtyard, visible from all areas of the ground floor.  We explored playing softly here with gentle shapes to create a peaceful vibe and layered various textural contrasts together like a tapestry.  Three HUGE planters give a strong vertical look that balances the shapes on the horizontal plane.

Clipped Buxus balls, soft native violets and tufts of asparagus fern form a carpet of greenery around the organic shaped granite steppers.  Uber chic furniture by Paola Lenti is a delight to look at and sits effortlessly in the space – we love how the lime green looks out here with the other hues.

Down in the garden, we created a huge level lawn and used hand finished sandstone for the defining structure.

The planting palette is a combination of contrasting forms – architectural sword-shaped leaves of furcreaea and softer mounding coastal rosemary, box and Indian hawthorn.  Sedums and other succulents play in the gravel.  Big playful ceramic boulders sit on the lawn.

Advanced dwarf date palms create an instant dreamy canopy above more sexy furniture – a perfect spot to sit back, unplug and take in the beautiful view.