Inside a Designer’s Home – The River House

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Designers spend each day creating beautiful spaces for their clients. But have you ever wondered how an interior designer would design their own home? Today is the first of a series, featuring beautiful homes of designers.

Last year, interior designer Vivian Panagos and her husband David Ryder took on the renovation of this fabulous Riverside Home, ready for their family to move in and enjoy life by the peaceful Georges River in Sydney.

Due to the location, one of the biggest challenges for the project was getting building materials on site. Everything needed to arrive either via an inclinator lift or via boat and then carried by hand. The challenge did not stop them and the end results are definitely worth it. Having grown up in the area, Vivian was thrilled to see her dream of raising her own children amongst nature realised. A simpler way of life amongst nature. Where food can grow straight from the garden and the kids encouraged to venture out onto the water or explore the neighbouring bush.

The home itself consists of two levels, built against sandstone rock and nestled in amongst the trees. The ground floor has been transformed into a master bedroom retreat for Vivian and David. While upstairs is the main living spaces, a bedroom for each of their sons Robert and Christopher and a third bedroom for a play or guest room.

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Throughout the home, Vivian has opted for a pared-back white on white approach, with touches of navy, antique brass and timber accents. From the floorboards to the walls and wet rooms, the interior has been decorated in a Hamptons, colonial style. The relaxed, fuss-free interior beautifully complementing its surroundings with plenty of greenery both inside and out

The kitchen features white shaker cabinets with marble and brass knobs, handles and brass tapware. Completing the island feel, blue and white rattan stools contrast against the white. Inviting friends and family to gather around the kitchen.

During the renovation, the main bathroom’s update still allowed the charm of the original home to shine through. Featuring white penny tiles and white finger tiles and brass finishes, incorporated with stunning tapware.

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Amazingly Vivian admitted that they haven’t added a television. Yet. But, in a stunning location like this, with an equally lovely interior, the only sounds to hear are those of the surrounding bushland and river. So, why would you need one?

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