SHOW US YOUR NEST... PRUE CROOKES
We are lucky enough to have had a sticky beak through some pretty incredible homes, but this one may well take the cake. Prue Crooke's house on Sydney’s lower north shore is jaw droppingly amazing. It combines the character of a beautiful heritage home with an architecturally impeccable renovation, stylish finishes and every bell and whistle imaginable! The original c1910 federation home is both grand and understated, a quality that has been carried through the more modern extensions overseen by Howard Tanner from Tanner Kibble Denton. A floating timber box and a contemporary pavilion have been cleverly added to the original house. Seamlessly integrated to create a family home that is both elegant and luxurious but also welcoming and unassuming. What immediately hits you when you walk into this home is the sense of space and light. The ceilings are high, the rooms are oversized and beautifully connected both internally and with the outdoor spaces. The clever use of skylights means the house is flooded with natural light and the whole rear of the house opens up via huge sliding doors. Once inside, the old and new blend seamlessly sitting comfortably side by side, each complimenting and 'respecting' the other. The interiors, overseen by Meryl Hare from Hare + Klein are impeccable. Clean lines and minimalistic but with eclectic touches and incredible feature pieces. Nothing feels fussy … It’s stylish but down to earth a lot like Prue herself. A country girl who traded in a career in marketing to raise her three gorgeous boys, who for the record may never leave home! This house is kids nirvana. Pool, basketball court, gym, steam room, games room (complete with billiards and ping pong), cinema room and multiple party areas … we’re thinking that this will be the ‘go to’ house for many years to come. And as if the house wasn’t perfect enough already, the sprawling gardens designed by Will Dangar are equally ‘drool worthy’ and compliment the house perfectly. This is truly a spectacular house, but equally a beautiful family home … and If reincarnation is a thing, then we’re just putting it out there that we dibs coming back as one of the Crooke's kids.
How would you describe yourself in 3 words … outgoing, friendly and family orientated
I can’t start my day without … a coffee
If my house came to life it would it be … WWF (World Wrestling Federation)
If I could only save 3 ‘things’ from my house they would be … my sons, husband and dog Harvey
My fave online store is … Barney's
My decorating style is … casual and relaxed
When no-one is home but me, I … cook
If I were a cocktail I would be …. a Moscow Mule
If money were no object I would buy … Art
My favourite piece of furniture is … my Hans Wegner 1950’s Papa Bear Chair
My guilty pleasure is … ice cream
My dream dinner party guests are … Chris Hemsworth, Prince Harry, Bruce Springsteen and Jamie Crookes
My signature dish is … Coq au vin
Entertaining tip to wow your guests? an open fire and candles
5 ingredients always on my shopping list … carrots, cucumbers, milk, dinner and strawberry freddos
Favourite place for …
A drink with the girls? The Public Dining Room
Breakfast? 2108 (Palm Beach)
Coffee? Bacino and Penny Royal
A cheap and cheerful meal? The Buena Vista
A special occasion dinner? Catalina, Rose Bay
You will never see me … on time!
I save on … “ Not much!” quote my husband!
I splurge on …. clothes
When it comes to fashion .., I feel most comfortable in … jeans
Best fashion advice my mum gave me was … stand tall and carry yourself well.
My signature Scent is … CK One