Architecture + Interior Design — Decus
Styling — Atelier Lab
Photography — Dave Wheeler
Courtesy of a remarkable renovation that pays homage to its classical roots, the Monsieur G home by Decus showcases the power of restoration, tailored design, and the seamless integration of old and new.
Stripped back to its traditional core, this residence in Sydney’s Bellevue Hill has undergone a series of incremental renovations over the last 80 years, each time shedding ill-fitting additions and embracing a warm, rich palette that marries open, contemporary design with historic character. With an eye on the present and the future, the design team at Decus skilfully tailored the home to reflect the personalities of its custodians, incorporating separate eastern and western wings to provide a sense of separation while cultivating an air of community and togetherness in the living spaces. The result? A home with a rich history that now feels relevant and ready to evolve alongside its young family.
“By balancing the integration of old and new, Decus has achieved a timeless elegance that ensures longevity for this magnificent home; the sleek and expansive spiral staircase is a perfect example of this. ”
Throughout the residence, pale oak floors create a soft, muted tone, allowing newly introduced elements to play into the overarching aesthetic of understated but luxurious elegance. The kitchen is commanding thanks to the unique, monochromatic speckled marble that anchors the space and custom timber joinery that gives it warmth and nods to its historic roots.
Around the rest of the home details like curved natural stone, burnished brass fixtures and pops of colour (in particular, a subtle palette of green tones) bring depth and animation to each room, which, while adhering to the overarching aesthetic flow of the home, feel personalised and expressive. Each is decorated with its own, idiosyncratic touches — a piece of sculptural art here, or an eye-catching wallpaper there. The living room, for instance, is a serene space of muted tones which is given a more interesting, design-led bent thanks to the pair of iconic Cassina Utrecht chairs, which frame a large, custom artwork that the clients wanted to integrate into the space.
“Around the rest of the home details like curved natural stone, burnished brass fixtures and pops of colour (in particular, a subtle palette of green tones) bring depth and animation to each room…”
The Monsieur G house masterfully redefines the rules of classical contemporary design, presenting a refreshing perspective through a muted, tonal lens. By balancing the integration of old and new, Decus has achieved a timeless elegance that ensures longevity for this magnificent home; the sleek and expansive spiral staircase is a perfect example of this. From the restoration of its traditional roots to the tailored design approach, and thoughtful blending of past and present, Monsieur G stands as a true example of considered architectural excellence.
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