Paddington four-level house offers luxury living

Paddington four-level house offers luxury living

IT IS difficult to believe this Paddington house once had purple walls and maroon carpet.

But this was the reality of the 29 Upper Cairns Tce home when it was bought by Richard and Josie Harrison five years ago.

“It was purple and maroon carpet, and it had staircases running everywhere,” Mrs Harrison said.

It was Mrs Harrison’s vision to create a space that was functional on each of its four levels, and pay homage to its Queensland history while adding some creative flair.

“It took us pretty much two years on and off … because we had to change all of the plumbing and electrical,” Mrs Harrison said.

“I wanted to embellish the bones of the property and create a really functional flow.”

Embellish she did, with the house now a mixture of French provincial and hamptons styles.

Dark timber floorboards flow through the home, juxtaposed with neutral coloured VJ walls.

With this renovation being the “sixth or seventh” on the couple’s resume, Mrs Harrison said her past experiences had allowed her to create the beautiful property.

“With every project there are always things you might change or learn,” she said.

“For example, texture is something people forget, and texture is just as important as colour.”

A fine example of this is the herringbone tiled splashback in the kitchen, which begs for a hand to run over its surface.

On the home’s lowest level is a double lockup garage, a bedroom, kitchenette and toilet.

Living, dining and kitchen spaces occupy ground level.

The master bedroom, which has an ensuite, and another bedroom are on level two. The loft also has a bedroom and ensuite.

Three of the four levels also have washing machines.

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