The week Veronica and Mark moved into their home was life-changing in every way. “Two days later I gave birth to our baby girls,” recalls Veronica. “We came home with a new family to a brand new house – albeit with no kitchen sink! It was overwhelming, but really special.”
Eighteen months earlier, the couple had purchased a sizeable block of land (1030 square metres) in a quiet suburb in south-west Sydney.
As the founders and owners of King Homes NSW, Veronica and Mark had designed and built countless custom homes for clients, but this was their first opportunity to create their own abode from the ground up. “It was a different experience – we got to really think about how we live and what would work for us,” explains Veronica.
The pair’s vision was simple but considered: a liveable family home that made good use of the land and boasted eco credentials.
Top of the priority list was a solar panel system and double-glazed windows on the north-facing back of the property, followed by a focus on durable materials.
“We had little ones on the way and we didn’t want to be precious, worrying about dogs or heels scratching the floor,” says Veronica, who worked with Mark, a builder, on the design.
Built over nine months, the result is a striking two-storey, five-bedroom home that balances practicality with panache. A kitchen, living and dining area is at the heart of the action, defined by monochrome hues and bountiful storage.
“The kitchen is definitely a favourite space,” comments Veronica, pointing to the “secret” butler’s pantry behind custom-made cabinetry and the marble-look Talostone benchtops.
(The couple was so committed to this material that they paused construction while it was out of stock – hence the missing kitchen sink on move day – but it was worth the wait.)
Upstairs, the bedrooms are awash with colour and softer textures – including a sweet space for the girls, Mila and Willow. Out the back, a tiled alfresco area and infinity pool is a magnet for gatherings.
Decorating, says Veronica, is a hobby she’s honed. “I love mixing timeless designer pieces with department store finds to stretch the budget,” she explains.
But above all, her philosophy centres on streamlined style. “It’s all about good, built-in storage solutions – we like living in a home where things seem organised, tidy and consistent.”
That said, the year that followed the family’s whirlwind move in December 2019 didn’t necessarily lend itself to order.
As the world went into lockdown, Veronica, Mark and their girls spent more time in their new home than they’d ever anticipated – and loved every moment.
“We’d really taken the time to create a home to perfectly suit our family and lifestyle – and it does,” reflects Veronica. “We plan to stay here for a really long time.”
“Everyone told me not to choose this dark wall colour, but it adds a lot of depth.” ~ Veronica
“A palette of black, white and grey needn’t be boring, especially when you bring in lots of texture.” ~ Veronica
With a weakness for words and an eye for style, Kathryn spends her days writing about everything from furnishings to fashion and feminism. Her work can also be found in Home Beautiful, marie claire, InStyle, Grazia and Qantas.
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