Skye by Crown penthouse apartment in North Sydney
Earlier this year a client who had just purchased a sub-penthouse in the brand new Skye tower North Sydney by Crown Group got in touch with the brief to fit out the whole apartment.
The gorgeous 3 bedroom 2 bedroom apartment features an expansive open plan living, dining and kitchen with a beautiful curved timber wall and water views out over Sydney Harbour. The apartment is perfect for entertaining with the whole side of the unit opening out to a balcony and even an upper level rooftop garden with BBQ room.
The brief was clear, the apartment needed to be fitted out in a matter of weeks, the fit out needed to include everything, from furniture to décor to linen, and it needed to be styled. The owner is a frequent traveller and he wanted this apartment as a Sydney base where he could entertain business associates, host international guests and host parties and events. The furniture selection needed to be flexible to accommodate these needs, and of course we needed to make the most of the beautiful finishes and layout that were already included in the apartment.
Bianca Szekely, Interior Designer from our Crows Nest store took on the job, working quickly to come up with a concept that was sent to the client over email whilst he was travelling, with a few minor tweaks the concept was finalised and the install began, allowing the client to return home to a fully furnished apartment.
In the living room Bianca opted for clean lines, functional integrated storage and loads of texture. The palette was neutral with greys and blues, allowing the adjacent timber feature wall to shine along with the sublime views outside. The furniture layout is homely and inviting for one, yet completely adaptable for entertaining. The Carmo sofa can be re-arranged to open the space out, or the ottoman can be pulled up to make a chaise style lounge. The striking Imola chair forms a focal point and breaks up all the straight lines. The wall mounted Lugano units are clean and streamlined for a modern look that works well with kitchen – they also offer loads of concealed storage allowing the apartment to maintain its modern aesthetic at all times. The functional Chiva coffee table looks terrific and again features concealed storage to keep things like the newspapers and remote controls tucked out of site. The pop up tops are handy in that they create an impromptu work space of dining space for a quick dinner in front of the TV.
The dining room sits directly adjacent to the stunning curved timber wall, so Bianca opted for white and modern to let the wall shine. The extendable Milano dining table is glass, and suitably grand for the space. The option to expand the table is ideal for entertaining. The white Adelaide chairs look terrific with the table, the oak legs tying in with the soft timber tone on the wall. These Adelaide chairs also match the outdoor Adelaide chairs – allowing the owner to grab extra chairs from outside as needed or vice versa, offering versatility for entertaining without over furnishing the space.
The beautiful kitchen features loads of built in storage in a very soft timber; the mirrored splash back reflects the living room and the views, whilst the generous waterfall bench steals the show. This is where guests will gather around so Bianca placed bar stools along the bench for easy perching and chatting, or for the owner to do some work or have a morning coffee.
The living area flows easily to the downstairs balcony, the incredible views enticing everyone who walks through the doors outside. This is a long and narrow space, but Bianca made the most of it with a compact dining space directly outside the living room, and a lounge area further down the balcony adjacent to the master bedroom. By using all furniture from the Adelaide outdoor range, the furniture can be moved around as needed, and it ties back in with the Adelaide dining chairs used inside.
In the master bedroom, a bed head wasn’t needed thanks to the grand upholstered wall. Bianca opted for a Lugano storage bed in all the bedrooms, creating loads of hidden storage for extra linen – perfect for hosting overseas guests. In the Master bedroom the bed was dressed in a luxe velvet bedspread in a gorgeous navy, layered with velvet cushions, a goat skin cushion and a cable throw for loads of texture.
The master ensuite is a heavenly space with a huge freestanding bath, double vanity, walk in shower and separate loo. Metallic penny tiles behind the bath lend the bathroom a spectacular luxe hotel feel. Bianca didn’t need to do much in here aside from luxurious oversized towels; however our wire stool in white was a functional addition for next to the bath tub, serving as a little side table or stool as needed.
The guest bedrooms each featured the same beautiful timber bulk heads, so Bianca again opted for a simple palette of grey and white with loads of texture. Once again the beds are storage beds, with storage under the mattress for extra linen. The bedheads are upholstered in grey fabric, they help to define the bed within the room and offer somewhere soft to lean against. Linen in grey tones was used with the addition of a sheepskin and goatskin cushion offering the all-important texture.
The second guest bedroom was a little smaller and darker, so whilst the bed used is the same, Bianca used a white bedspread, then added natural, cosy tones to suit the lighting in the space. A feature artwork and some baskets were used to bring the texture in and create a different feel in the room.
Photos by Jacqui Turk
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