Asked how many homes she has ‘Dinniganed’ in the past two decades, she pauses before answering: “Twelve – maybe fifteen?” The uniting thread might be an abiding passion for white walls, yet her décor rarely resembles the Romanticism of her fashion designs.
This was a totally unique property that had four blocks of land that needed upgrading from an outdated renovation. I wanted to make it feel contemporary while keeping its classical elegance.
A sandstone heritage house in the heart of Paddington that needed a total renovation
This was one of the original dairy farms on the south coast. I kept the old butter shed turning it into a magical bedroom sweetly located a few metres from the main house.
This was a run down 1970s beach shack that had good bones and an incredible view across Pittwater. The challenge was to retain its charm while upgrading. The external walls were painted a pale New England grey and the window frames painted in goose white.
An iconic site in Sydney’s CBD overlooking Central Railway Station Golf House’s urban location demanded a modern treatment.
This was the first barn I renovated.
The top floor of a 200-year-old building in the centro historico in Rome, with ancient wooden beams and terracotta handmade roof tiles was a dream to renovate.
I fell in love with the whitewashed truillis and the masserias in Puglia, and the olive groves. Inspired by this we were on a crusade to find a property such as Casa Olivetta that could be lovingly and sympathetically restored.
This was a former 1920s Masonic lodge that had been renovated in the 1990s. I worked with the scale of the property but also added an intimacy to balance the vast rooms.