Contemporary House with Stars: Lurline Bay by Denai Kulcsar Interiors

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In a splendid mix of whimsical nature-themed motifs, contemporary art, and red, white, and blue stars, this Lurline Bay house at the south end of Sydney, Australia, shines with the unique touch of Denai Kulcsar Interiors. From its terraces to its open-air living space, the feeling is light, airy, and unfussy; with predominantly white walls as a gallery-like backdrop, the elegance of antique dark wood furnishings, basketry, ceramics, and a gorgeous patterned rug in the dining room all work together in harmony, with no element overshadowing the other. There’s a larger-than-life feel to this space, but it’s easygoing as well: check out the almost-invisible kitchen that still holds plenty of storage and work space. A view through large sliding glass doors reveals a cozy courtyard, with white privacy fencing covered in greenery, that seamlessly extends the indoors.

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Not that the indoors isn’t worth a second look: bright blue-and-white patterned pillows grace a plump upholstered couch and loveseat in the living room, fronting an inviting fireplace; in another space, a striped couch is home to pillows with blue and yellow butterflies, and the master bedroom with a pale blue tufted headboard is pure opulence. “Bugs” also have their say in another bedroom, with yellow and red ladybugs playing nicely with pink butterflies, and a bed dressed in pink, green, and white stripes. A bathroom holds both a traditional chandelier and sleek, pure white modern fixtures glowing in natural light from high windows. And we mustn’t forget that last bedroom, with its bold stars and stripes! High style “down under” is a mark of Denai Kulcsar, and this dwelling bears out her touch with its own comfortable flair.

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Written by Janet Butler

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Janet W. Butler is a freelance writer, editor, and editorial consultant by day and a “small soprano” by night. An RWA Golden Heart Winner, she is the author of the inspirational romance From the Ashes (“the best little book no one’s ever heard of”), published by SANDS Publishing in 2001; and a romantic suspense, Voice of Innocence, from Desert Breeze Publishing. She is a Chicago native transplanted to northeast Indiana, where she lives with her husband, daughter, and Cassandra “Trouble” Butler, S.R.C. (Spoiled Rotten Cat).