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“I never look for things, they seem to gravitate to me,” says Wendy Paterson. “I believe in plenty of optimism and white paint” wrote American decorator Elsie de Wolfe in the 1920’s which is exactly how Wendy feels. Her Sydney home consists of white washed walls, simple optimism, and a lot of white paint. The inveterate collector says ” I love the idea of visual silence of luxurious austerity and restraint.”

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The living room colored with white walls, limed oak floorboards and solid white shutters to control the light in the two front connecting sitting rooms create a simple gallery space for Paterson’s curated collection. The antique bench and spiral twist candle sticks blend naturally in with the ambience of the room.

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England circa 1890 bench in iron and wood (AZ47B), England circa 1900 bench (AY56)

AY190 England circa 1860 pair of twisted candlesticks (AY190)Screen Shot 2013-04-13 at 7.57.17 AM

Paterson’s central love is her home. After moving to Sydney in the late 1980’s she studied Interior design with Mary Nilsson and has continued to throw herself into every imaginable decorative milieu in all her houses, many and varied.

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England circa 1880 winged back 2 seater sofa (AY239), England circa 1860 upholstered foot stool in mahogany (AZ139)

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On the ground floor the kitchen and dining are filled with light from the courtyard. The open gallery kitchen hosts antique china dishes while a large farm table serves as the main eating area in the dining room.


Italy circa 1880 set of 10 porcelain dishes (AN156)


England circa 1880 rail way table in Mahogany with low brass rails. (AO108)

You can read the entire article in the April edition of Vogue Living.

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