A Slice of America’s East Coast – Bellevue Hill by Alexandra Kidd Design
Bellevue Hill, NSW, Australia
Inspired by the heritage homes that prevail on America’s east coast, Bellevue Hill sees Alexandra Kidd Design bring a contextual appropriateness to the period home, instilling a sense of the home’s storied past through considered detailing and a classic palette.
Surrounded by its lush and enviably established landscape, Bellevue Hill is a home that feels built for purpose. Its owner’s well-travelled understanding of design saw a fascination with America’s east coast emerge. Known for its grand and expansive residential offerings, the homes that dot the east coast have a more traditional oeuvre, where clear influences from British and German styles are found throughout. The influence of the Victorian period is also well seen, and the resulting homes have a sense of provenance and permanence. Bellevue Hill is an extension of those values. Alexandra Kidd Design has approached the site with a combined sense of appropriateness through the understanding of contextual sensibilities, applying a classic palette and considered detailing.
With landscape architecture by Sticks and Stones Landscape Design and styling by Megan Morton, the resulting home emanates a sense of togetherness. Its generous size invites an audience of its own and beckons a large gathering. Within its five bedrooms over four levels, the addition of its own tennis court and pool were obvious opportunities to extend the lifestyle of the inhabitants and guests into the landscape.
Bellevue Hill sees Alexandra Kidd Design bring a contextual appropriateness to the period home.
With open plan living areas, the home is connected through these core areas, while other rooms are instilled with their own sense of grandeur. Throughout, the feeling of opulence and abundance is evident. Taking cues from the traditionally white, weatherboard and trellised homes of the Hamptons, the home references this specific method to detailing and approach to finish. The use of layers of textiles in drapery, cushions, upholstery and wallpaper add a textural curiosity to the spaces, building a stratum of interest. The home is then finished in a number of accented brass details, through select hardware and fixtures, adding a tactile engagement with the functional elements of the home.
Bellevue Hill stands proudly as an exemplar of a traditional American vernacular within its lush landscaped context. Its added elements of luxury and classic features create a sense of endurance, which contributes to the home’s timeless feel. Alexandra Kidd Design has brought a considered curation to the project, combining the client’s own style and personality to propose a home of permanence.