Sophie Trippe-Smithand her family have lived in this 1880s Balmain terrace home since 2013.
After a few years in the house, they decided to enhance the good bones of the property with a fresh lick of paint inside and out, and some structural renovations. The family bravely decided to live in the home throughout the renovation, which Sophie admits was challenging, but says, ‘We overcame this by having a positive happy, attitude and a “light at the end of the tunnel” feeling!’
Sophie is a born and bred Balmain enthusiast, and describes ‘walking up and down this street since I was a little girl, thinking that one day I would like to live here.’ The family initially lived just around the corner, but outgrew their small property. When this terrace came on the market, Sophie walked inside and instantly fell in love.
索菲说，她最初被改造过程略微嘲笑，但发现在室内设计师的有能力的手中找到了安慰凯特钟楼and landscape designerAdam Robinson。
一个自我描述的“艺术瘾君子”，索菲不能选择她最喜欢的艺术品，但她喜欢Esther Stewart.在餐厅和邻近的棋子马克豪森work. ‘They are both Melbourne artists, and seem to complement each other and just complete the house,’ she says.
自从我们的原始访问以来，索菲已经向家中添加了更多艺术，包括一个绘画的澳大利亚丛林经过梅琳达·玛斯曼， 一个abstract painting经过海伦食者那a花卉工作在纸上经过Galina Munroe.那asculpture经过Jane McKenzie， 一个d a portrait of herself byVanessa Stockard。‘My kids are still getting used to having Mum on the wall watching their every move!’ Sophie says.
The family are also currently in the middle of kitchen renovations, to open up this space and bring more of the outdoors in.
The pièce de résistance of this home is the rooftop terrace, which offers views across to the Sydney CBD. The family love dining on the roof, waving goodbye to a cruise ship, and watching the sunset. Sigh – Sydney living never looked so good!