A breath of French air

A few years ago, when their children were fast approaching their teens, Adele and Craig decided to built a house that would better suit the needs of a family with young adults. So they started looking for land in Sydney's west.

Sydney’s western districts stretch all the way from its celebrated harbour and the CBD, almost as far as the Blue Mountains, with many long-established commercial centres here and there that are cities in their own right, like Parramatta and Penrith. The area covered is so vast that the whole network of myriad suburbs is interspersed
with extensive tracts of stunning countryside complete with waterways and parklands, where people can enjoy living in picturesque natural surroundings. Adele and Criag soon found a couple of acres they couldn’t resist, which they duly snapped up – and then set about planning their dream home.

“We must have looked at every show-home in greater Sydney,” Adele laughs. “It’s such a big decision isn’t it? Then we found Bazdaric Prestige Homes, a company that specialises in the French-provincial style – and they did a really good job.” They wasted no time either as Adele says, “we started building in May of 2010, and moved into it in January 2011.”
All on one level, it has four bedrooms and a study, plus a home theatre and a media room. The spacious living area is open plan with the kitchen and dining room combined, and a formal sitting room opens off it through wide doors. Cleverly, however, the open fireplace heats both sides.
On the other side of the living area, glass doors fold back giving access to the covered terrace complete with graceful columns, as well as a superb stone table teamed with inviting Raffles Hotel-style rattan chairs. Adele attests that they are very comfortable – particularly when holding a glass of wine.

Th e understated elegance of the French-provincial style is maintained throughout the living area with subtle neutral shades against Dulux Hog Bristle on the walls and glossy white porcelain floor tiles. The curvy dark wrought-iron pieces enhance the look too, in the bar stools and the hall table – not to mention the baroque mirror mounted above
it. Th e lamp over the island bench in the kitchen also ties in nicely with these, and it’s at this point Adele reveals their ‘secret weapon’ – interior designer James Treble, who appears on Channel 10’s The Living Room.
“That lamp was James’ idea,” she admits. “He was just amazing with colours and furniture too. Even now, we give him a call for advice about prints and things – just to make sure they’ll fit in. He’s so easy going too, and if it hadn’t been for him, I dread to think what it would look like!”

Want the full story? Find it in Country Home Ideas Vol 13 No 8.
Story Gabrielle Baxter
Photography Tony Potter
Styling Greg Sukendro

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