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Lisa Sutton Gardner

Step inside Lisa from Enigma's inner city abode

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A stunning renovation created with a contemporary and stylish eye
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House PervToday we take you inside the Newcastle home of Lisa Sutton Gardner, her husband Phil and their son Marshall. Perched atop of The Hill this inner city home offers seclusion and privacy from the street yet commanding views of Newcastle Harbour, Stockton Beach and beyond.

After purchasing the home eight years ago, Lisa and Phil underwent major renovations to transform what was a lavish 1980s home complete with pink and blue shag and mirrored baths into a modern open plan design. This involved gutting the entire home and stripping it back to just a concrete shell, so that they could reconfigure the floor plan and open up the interior and exterior spaces to best suit their family’s lifestyle.
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Today, the home is inviting warm and oh so stylish! Thanks to Lisa’s passion for interior design and amazing skills to balance colour and composition. Skills she has honed as Managing Director and Founder of Enigma, a full-service creative advertising agency with offices in both Newcastle and Surry Hills. With a lifelong career in advertising, Lisa has a knack for knowing what looks good, this knack has translated impeccably to her family’s home.
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From the street, we enter a large open plan living, dining and kitchen area, showcasing Lisa’s bold use of art, furniture and light fittings, which are brave but work oh so well within this home. The stunning Aaron Kinnane artwork hanging on the wall, Red Lady is a favourite of Lisa’s as she explained, “She was only partially painted when I was in his workshop, about 10 years ago and I loved her. There was something mysterious and haunting about her. I just had to have her”.
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Upstairs are the bedrooms and study, which all have a different but cohesive style to them, from a fun cowboy styled kids room to the luxe peacock and velvet clad master bedroom. “In some ways I think I have made it look like a big hotel” Lisa admits, and we couldn’t agree more. Through her extensive travel, Lisa has picked up lots of ideas which she has utilised throughout this home.

House PervDownstairs is the fun-zone, complete with pool, rumpus room and outdoor entertaining area where the “Kids can run wild". 

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Although it’s not a large home, it’s the clever use of the space which makes it work so well, “We have lived in it for a while so we have worked out how to use the space well…It’s a really easy house to live in” Lisa laughed.
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Her attention to detail throughout the home is astonishing, such as the recessed carpet in the living areas where it meets the oak floor boards, the amazing hidden cabinetry, luxurious wallpaper and the statement light fittings in nearly every room (including the bathrooms!).
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“I won’t buy anything unless I love it. So it took me ages to decorate this house.” One of Lisa’s favourite haunts is Salt and Stone in Merewether, she loves their unique earthy pieces so much so that she finds it hard to leave empty handed. We know that feeling all too well.
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House PervLisa has created an amazing family home from the outside in. Her impeccable style and eye for detail has created a home that can best be described as hotel luxury within a secluded family hideaway.
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