SHOW US YOUR NEST…AMANDA NEVILLE
Amanda Neville’s incredible nest ticks all the right boxes. Quiet, tree-lined street – check. Walking distance to beach and shops – check. Backs on to oval – check. And as if that’s not enough, it’s looks like it’s straight off the pages of Vogue Living. (note to self : jealousy is a very unattractive trait). The Neville’s moved in nine years ago and undertook a major reno in 2011 under the guiding hand of interior designer Cameron Kimber. The end result is quite spectacular, not only because the bones of this period home are fabulous, but because it flows so beautifully and incorporates some quirky inclusions that are a bit left of centre … and right up our alley. One such inclusion is the bold wallpaper choices like the padded, French linen paper in the main bedroom and the moody, black design in the formal lounge. Both gutsy choices that have paid off in spades. Art also plays a big part in this home which is hardly surprising given Amanda herself is an artist. Beautiful art adorns most walls and even the incredible butler’s pantry is home to a piece of art. Amanda’s incredible Philip Wofhagen painting was easily our fave and definitely worth the two-year wait. There’s no denying that this is a big ‘grown up’ house. Five bedrooms in the main house plus a two bedroom ‘cottage’ out the back, but Amanda has managed to make it feel calm and sophisticated without being ‘stuffy’. All the spaces get used and it has that intangible ‘lived in’ feel. This may have something to do with the stream of teenage ‘friends’ that “gather” at the Neville’s. But who can blame them though when you’re mate has a pad like this! The house seamlessly opens out to the Peter Fudge designed gardens which have a slightly French parterre feel to them and work perfectly with the style of the home. With two (almost) grown up kids, the Neville’s are open minded about what’s next, but one thing’s for sure, if they ever choose to downsize it would be very hard to leave this home.