Modern Living Room Redo | Apartment Therapy

It’s hard to feel comfortable and cozy in a living space that’s seen better days. At Sarah Clark and her girlfriend’s place, the worn-out living room was definitely ready for an upgrade—and the couple was definitely ready to be able to relax in a more modern space. “This home was built in 1918 and retrofit with one bad patch job after another ever since,” Sarah says. “The walls are made of plaster and had dozens of holes, cracks, and dings covered by paint that was at least 25 years old, according to the landlord.” 

Because of the coronavirus pandemic, the pair found themselves spending a lot of extra time in the space—so it felt like the right time to finally make it as warm and inviting as possible. The couple aren’t exactly new to DIY, thanks to a unique arrangement with their landlord. “I have an agreement with my landlord

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An 1850s Horse Stable Turned Stunning Guest House

There aren’t many guest houses with the architectural pedigree of this project by Renato D’Ettorre Architects!

This two-storey building is just one element of a larger Surry Hills property (you can see the main house here) with origins dating back to the mid 19th century. 

Heritage records reveal the 1850s structure was originally a horse stables owned by a cab proprietor. It later became a boarding house in 1894, then in 1993 was converted into a commercial office. 

When Renato D’Ettorre Architects were engaged to renovate the building, they found the original character of the former stables had been lost over its many lives. Their aim was to rebuild and restore the stone structure with respect to its history, while implementing a completely contemporary design. Unnecessary details and ornamentation were removed to honour the original building and promote a simple way of living. 

New materials introduced into the guest

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