The Chapel has the feel of a New York loft with its 100-year old exposed bricks, timber beams, concrete floors and raw steel staircase. The mix of old and new furnishings, the vaulted ceiling and dramatic draped curtains, the hand-woven carpets and fine linens all work together to create a truly memorable space. The beautiful hand-made gold tiles used as a kitchen splashback add a delightful touch of luxe and metallic patina to an otherwise muted colour palette. The Chapel pays homage to beautiful things from times gone by and creates an authenticity with delicious layering of old and new. It’s about sussing out ways to blend beautiful pieces of contemporary furniture such as a sleek, linen covered sofa with vintage pieces such as an antique French industrial locker now used as wardrobe and storage space.
It’s where imposing reclaimed timber beams from a Billabong store in QLD are juxtaposed with statement bespoke wrought iron balustrades and exposed brickwork adorned with delicate vintage mirrors reflecting trails of devils ivy creeping along the walls. Vintage artwork, a thick piece of marine rope tied artfully to make wall art and collections of baskets or hats, plump cushions and soft squishy linens are all a reflection of Taliah’s commitment to sophisticated and understated luxury and a celebration of the value in the old as well as the new. Light-filled, airy spaces and the melding of beautiful interiors with lush greenery is also part of her signature design aesthetic. Outside, Taliah separated the main house and The Chapel with a vintage brick wall for privacy, creating an enclosed courtyard, encircled by lush greenery to sit in and soak up Byron’s abundant sunshine. Such a small space. Such a massive impact.