Sydney Home of Nellie Tilley
The Sydney home of interior designer Nellie Tilley is featured in the current edition of Australian Vogue Living (March/April 2012). It’s a glamorous renovation of a 1890s terrace house which is home to Nellie and her three sons, aged 9, 8 and 6. There are plenty of casual spaces for the family to relax and, at the same time for the boys to be boys. The coffee table, for example, is an old metal boiler table which not only looks great but is indestructible. I love that it is a true liveable home, filled with mirrors, chandeliers, art, antiques and bespoke furniture. Family homes these days so often lack soul and beauty and instead opt for practicality and function when, in fact, these can co-exist.
My favourite shot is, without a doubt, the dining room with its 19th century hand-painted table, diamond-buttoned lilac chairs, the Empire table in the corner, the huge antique-style mirror and 19th century Genovese chandelier.