From Flourish Interior Design. Go inside one of Cooks Hill's most iconic buildings
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However, in the case of the stunning 59 Bull St property in Cooks Hill, there’s a whole lot of wow going on inside too.
Owned by Interior Designer Morag Argiris, the 1925 brick beauty is a bit of an icon and certainly catches the eye when driving along the very leafy Bull St. Very kindly, albeit a little reluctantly at first, Morag opened her doors to show us just how she has transformed the space using her killer interior style.
“Everything was rotted and needed redoing, like the floor boards. What I did, because I was on a budget, was used ply and washed it with Porters Wood Wash, the whole apartment had to be painted and the large arched window needed a lot of work which wasn’t easy getting help to do.
“I also thought it would be good to have that bench along the window so you can just sit there with your coffee of a morning, or an afternoon wine, and enjoy the view.
“This place is very much like my home in Bar Beach, I don’t actually live here, it's listed on Airbnb as Flourish on Bull. I own the building and my studio is downstairs. I just love this building I always wanted to work here and I intend to move in one day. At the moment it’s a bit small with three grown up children, but for me, on my own, it will be fabulous.
“I don’t have a particular style, I like having a white palette and a lot of these things I’ve bought when I’ve travelled, particularly through South America and Asia. A lot of the artworks I’ve bought in New York and Brazil, I don’t like everything new.
“I like to collect things, but for this apartment I had to do it quite quickly so I sourced a few things and I’ve used some of my things, like the pottery which I bought from Good Grief Ceramics, it’s just stunning.
“I like wood, I like warmth, the wooden pieces I found in Zimbabwe and next to them on the wall are Kurdish antique goats bags, which I like to use as artworks, looks really effective.
“I love these blue pots, I’ve had these forever. I’ve got a lot of antiques in storage which I've collected over the years and have become quite attached to. I am waiting for my children to move out to give them pieces because I am not prepared to get rid of any of them.
"I am a real tactile and textural person, my favourite piece is the wedding blanket on the wall above the stairs. I bought this when I was in India, I nearly used it on one of the beds but it was too much, you get the effect that it has been hand embroidered much better on the wall."
With two bedrooms, a tidy little kitchen at the rear of the apartment and bathroom, it’s a cleverly laid out apartment and still feels quite spacious for what is quite a small space. Peaceful yet in the heart of the CBD it makes for an ideal place to stay when you visit Newcastle.