The Australian

Photographed by Chris Court Elana Castle.

Overlooking Neutral Bay in Sydney, this darkly romantic home can strike as gaudy, ornate, and slightly disturbing, at first glance. But when you really look, it is fantastical.

Original and challenging, it fills an almost industrial space with ornate and sparkling antiques. The shimmer of the rococo mirrors and the chandelier hanging from the concrete ceiling, next to an exposed pipe, softens both. The designer was clever and fearless.

Jo Walker, the owner, and designer Bruce Stafford were audacious, to say the least, but they created a spectacular, personal, and artistic environment.

We have never seen such a complete and modern approach to using antiques.

The take-aways are the rough walls, the subtle use of color with the flash of the gilt and silks. Forcing the two disparate styles to agree, they ended up with a masterpiece, while in lesser hands, it could have been a disaster.

We love, love, love, the modern, dark kitchen with the aged, chevron wood floor and the unfinished concrete ceilings.

We also love the concrete stairs, etched with sayings that almost force one to slow their journey as they descend.

This place is nothing short of amazing.

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eclectic, master, gray, wood floors, dinin, french, skylights, bathroom, antiques, Neutral Bay, chandaliers, view, rococco, Australian, modern, kitchen, glass, living, bedroom, industrial, Sydney