The spaces inside the home of an interior designer naturally reflects not only their lifestyle but their design interests and imperatives. For Cushla McFadden of Sydney interior design studio Tom Mark Henry, working on the interiors for her own family home presented its own unique set of challenges. As she notes, when it comes to design “you’re never really finished.”
The original house on Young Street was a single storey terrace, with one bedroom and one bathroom. As an interior designer, Cushla could immediately see the home’s potential. A second storey was installed, with an additional two bedrooms and a second bathroom. The boundary was widened to create a larger living space and the front living room was converted into a spare bedroom.
Tom Mark Henry’s minimalistic interior design aesthetic offers a calming space for the family to grow within. The family home’s finishes are pared back, with a neutral colour palette, allowing the inhabitants to add their own layers as they continue to grow over the years.
Being smaller in size, the terrace cleverly utilises every opportunity for storage. The same premise was used for light, where skylights provide most of the natural light in the home. This helped to maximise the feeling of space within the smaller-scaled structure.
The stairs are an important design feature inside the home of an interior designer, as they act as the focal point of the house, connecting the two levels. Cushla worked with a local Sydney steel manufacturer to fabricate the stairs, with the steel balustrade needing to be craned over the small site’s carport to be installed.
Inside the home of an interior designer, comfort, refinement and detail all come together.
Young Street is a curated and contemporary family home that not only projects an understated elegance but represents the evolution of Tom Mark Henry’s approach to interiors.
Interior Design by Polly Tom Mark Henry.
Build by Woodhouse Projects.
Photography by Damian Bennett.
Styling by Montana Valich.
Filmed and Edited by Cheer Squad Film Co.
Production by The Local Project.
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