Up and coming interior designer’s call for calm and escape in homes

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Scott and Philippa Creelman of Freshwater with their three sons. Philippa loves the Australian Coastal style and homes with spaces of calm.

Up and coming interior designer Philippa Creelman believes that in our fast-paced and digital world our homes need to be calm places of escape.

“We need spaces to relax and I believe in textures and natural elements to create calm and allow people to escape from the pace,” she said.

Mrs Creelman is about to launch her interior design business after several house projects renovating for family and friends.

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Interior designer Philippa Creelman.

Her latest project however is also her own family home on Sydney’s northern beaches.

Mrs Creelman took a solid red-textured brick home in Freshwater, owned for quarter of a century by an Italian family, and has improved the flow of the home, open up the back and better connected it to outside and created space for unwinding.

“Spatial planning is key,” she said.

“The floorplan and the flow of the home is important and I ask myself how are we going to spend time in the home.”

Good flow and links between indoor and out are important.

Looking from the kitchen island bench back through the house.

Freshwater is one of the most heavily searched beach suburbs of Sydney. The Creelman family spend plenty of time at the beach, on Pittwater and in nature observing the beauty of nature.

“The style I like to incorporate in our homes is Australian Coastal .. I like to reference the textures and colours along with objects we find in nature in our place — to bring a sense of calm and grounding to the space,” she said.

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The clever barn door that opens the family room right up to the open-plan living and dining areas.

The dining area.

Their five-bedroom, four bathroom house at 171 Wyndora Ave, Freshwater has multiple areas for relaxing inside including a large family room and open-plan lounge, kitchen and dining areas. Mrs Creelman is especially proud of the white barn door with black trim she has added to close off the family room at the front but which also can be opened up to create vast living space the length of the property.

There are three bedrooms on entry level and two upstairs including the main bedroom with a walk-in wardrobe, ensuite and 10m long balcony looking north over the back garden and swimming pool.

A north-facing deck.

Soid and refreshed for a new generation.

Wide oak flooring has been laid throughout the home, a sandstone fireplace installed in the family room and the kitchen has stone benchtops and gas cook plus a view of the rear yard.

This rendered home is on 613sqm of land within walking distance of schools, express buses to the city and close to Freshwater Beach and the village. The property goes to auction on April 13 and has a guide of $2.55 million.

“I can see this home suiting a family of teenagers, where they can invite over their friends playing inside on the pool table or outside in the swimming pool,” she said.

Meanwhile the interior designer is renovating a cruiser on Pittwater adding wallpaper, fresh upholstery and a tiled splashback in the galley.

“Why can’t a boat have a bit more personality?” she said.

And be another place of escape.

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