Penny Hanan’s Paddington terrace is without a doubt one of the most fabulous homes we’ve had the good fortune of visiting … in fact we’d go so far as to say that it ticks all our boxes and then some. From the street it looks relatively unassuming, (which we love) … one of a row of beautiful terrace houses in an uber cool part of town. But on stepping inside, we were quick to realize that there is absolutely nothing ordinary about this home. Built in 1856 by the Lord Mayor of Sydney and spanning five levels, Penny’s home oozes style from every corner. In many ways it’s a study in contradictions. Grand but cosy, stylish but not sterile and traditional yet contemporary. Penny and her husband Campbell, bought “Mimosa” (named after the tree not the cocktail) four years ago, having lived on the same block for the past fifteen years. The house had been in the same family for the past 70 years and was in need of a complete reno, which they undertook in two stages. The rear part of the ground level was designed around the most incredible Boffi Kitchen… think tempered glass, dark cabinetry and bifold windows that open out onto an amazing Annie Wilkes designed garden featuring river birch trees. As self confessed “country people” Penny’s home has an authenticity that reflects this but at the same time is exquisitely furnished and styled in a truly eclectic and original way. This same sense of style resonates through her fashion and homewares label 1803 that uses the hides and antlers from their family deer farm in Orange to create the most incredible collection of homewares, knives and bags (read more about 1803 here). Words do not do Penny’s home justice … it seamlessly blends history and character with contemporary style in the most beautiful way.



How would you describe yourself in 3 words... Enthusiastic, Gregarious, Emotional

I can’t start my day without … A big glass of lemon water and a strong flat white

If my house came to life it would it be … This is an interesting concept … .our home is a grand old dame with good energy and a rich history… I think perhaps Dame Joan Sutherland. Strong, sophisticated, unique and yet still down-to-earth.

My decorating style is … Relaxed, tranquil and a real mix of city/country, which is who Campbell and I are. We both love mixing old and new to create spaces that are enjoyable to live in with ease and comfort. 

When no-one is home but me, I … Love to have a bath on the deck in the sun with a good book and music – it is rare, but it is so good!

If I were a cocktail I would be …. An Iceberg’s No 8 – also called “The Fuzzy”. Campari, vodka, fresh ruby red grapefruit juice & sparkling water. 

My favourite piece of furniture is … Our dining room table – it is elegant simplicity & so beautifully crafted with a smooth patchwork marble top resting on bold steel frame. A perfect masculine|feminine balance.

My guilty pleasure is … A long lunch with friends on the deck at Catalina.

My signature dish is … A great friend always says I do a good platter – I will platter anything! Filling plates and boards with beautiful fresh food to share with people brings me great pleasure – antipasti, mains, desserts – anything!

My entertaining tip to wow your guests … Just keep their glasses full & music playing. Everyone will always have a good time

5 ingredients always on my shopping list …Garlic, Lemons, Onion, Toby’s Estate Woolloomooloo Coffee Beans, Tomatoes

Favourite place for … 

A drink with the girls? 10 William St in Paddington or at home in the garden 

Breakfast? A BLT and coffee at the Tamarama Beach Café – it is fabulous!

Coffee? At home in my garden or Jackie’s at The Intersection

A cheap and cheerful meal? Nino’s Italian on Ocean Street

A special occasion dinner? Catalina or Icebergs

I save on …Undies – I just love Bonds

I splurge on …. Art, lunches with friends and too many pairs of sunglasses

When it comes to fashion, I feel most comfortable in … Understated, languid clothes – my favourite designer is Alistair Trung, he is unique, focuses on a simple palette of blacks, whites & greys, he is perfectly cross-cultural and every piece is flexible. 

Best fashion advice my mum gave me was … Don’t wear white shoes (they never a good look on size 42 feet)

My signature Scent is … I am not really into florals so I was thrilled to accidentally choose Issey Miyake’s NUIT D’ISSEY a few years ago as I ran through duty free to jump a plane – I didn’t realize at the time that it is a men’s fragrance, but I love it!