Interior designer does clever partial-reno on her own family home

When interior designer Liz Hayward purchased this Sydney home five years ago, she had a long-term plan in mind. “This is our forever home but we’ve only done a partial renovation so far. We’ve been making changes in bite-sized chunks,” says Liz of the circa 1921 Roseville home that she shares with her husband and two children.

BEFORE dining
AFTER lounge and dining. Interior designer Liz Hayward in her refreshed home.

First up, Liz upgraded the bathroom which was replete with dated tiles and shower over a tiny bathtub as well as a low ceiling. “Being six foot tall I couldn’t even get my head under the shower rose,” says Liz who presumes the previous owners reduced the ceiling height as an energy saving measure.

Completely gutted, the room now features fresh white tiles, a much higher ceiling and skylight, double vanity, and v-groove panelling on the walls. “The new 12- foot ceilings and a skylight made a huge difference to the look and feel in the space,” says Liz.

BEFORE bathroom
AFTER bathroom
AFTER bathroom. The cupboards are painted in Dulux Tranquil Retreat and the mirrors are from Middle of Nowhere.

With a larger renovation planned for several years’ time, Liz decided to carry out a partial update on the kitchen to tide the family over. She started by knocking down a dividing wall (between the kitchen and lounge room) to make the spaces flow and so that she could keep an eye on her children while cooking. “We kept the kitchen cabinetry the same – used the carcasses but replaced the fronts and benchtop. Making the kitchen all-white, people think it’s all brand new.”

AFTER kitchen
BEFORE kitchen
AFTER kitchen

Nearby, a variety of family-friendly selections make the lounge room a very comfortable place to be. The sofas feature washable slipcovers, the rug is an indoor/outdoor design from Dash & Albert, the white occasional chairs are upholstered in wipeable, vegan leather and the marble coffee table can be easily wiped down. “Clever choices with the finishes make the lounge room really family-friendly,” says Liz. 

BEFORE lounge
BEFORE lounge room
AFTER lounge
AFTER lounge room
AFTER master bedroom
AFTER master bedroom

Outside, the home’s Greek inspired columns were replaced with timber banisters and the front door’s brown 70s era glass was replaced with beautiful leadlight. “I love the front door and veranda and bringing back the heritage style to it. I try and highlight heritage features in all the projects I work on. Some try to modernise them but I like to focus on them and make them a feature.”

Front door
AFTER Hallway and front door
AFTER child's room
AFTER Liz’ daughter’s room features a bedhead and wallpaper from Etsy

Photography: Rachael Tagg

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