Laura. Home Ideas. October 04th , 2017.
"I'm not a modern house person. I couldn't cope with the slick clean lines and that cold look." - Julie O'Neill -
Two‐year‐old Harry was wobbling down the corridor followed closely by a window cleaner armed with a long brush and an irritated expression. Apparently, Harry had taken off with his squeegee. “I‘m sure he didn’t take it,“ Julie O′Neill was pleading hopefully, ”he would‵ve given it straight back to me.”
Forget about being lulled into a sense of security by the serene water views and the calming butter yellow color scheme. When you have a pair of eight–year–old twin boys and a two‐year‐old son, combatting chaos is a daily chore.
″I constantly thought I‘d like a single storey dwelling than 2 floor house, but now I think you’d always be running each other somewhere. Thou can constantly get away from each other somewhere. Thou can always escape from each other in this house!″
The O‘Neills bought the 2½–storey four—bedroom Federation‐style house on Sydney’s North Shore eighteen months ago and knew immediately it would suit their hectic family lifestyle. Bedrooms have sensibly been banished to the bottom floor, while the living and dining areas, sitting room and kitchen have all been allocated the second storey making the most of the view. It’s really cool second floor house design.
The heart of the house, an informal living area, is bathed in a clear Dulux ′Yellow Daisy′ which harmonizes with soft sofas dressed with plenty of cushions. The room occupies almost half of the second storey and opens up onto an enormous terracotta‐tiled veranda where the family gathers in warm weather. While the sitting room blossoms with bold florals and more expanses of sunny yellow.
“When I saw the yellow ′Fiore′ curtain fabric, I had my heart set on it immediately. I know it‵s French, but I loved its Australian botanical look ― it‘s not too cabbage‐rosey, and the fabric determined the paint color for the walls in the sitting room.“ Working closely with her painter, mixing one yellow after another, Jullie finally decided upon Dulux ’Honey Sweet’, ”mixed with just a bit of black to take the zing out of it.” And surveying her handwork adds thoughtfully: ″I′m surely not a modern house person. I couldn‵t cope with all those slick clean lines.″
The O‘Neill’s is a sociable house, in the living room the sofa′s cushions invite you to settle in fast and deep. But when you do, don‵t be surprised if you unexpectedly discover a window cleaner‘s squeegee.
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