• Interior Designer
    Alwill Inte­ri­ors
  • Photographer
    Chris Warnes

California Dreamin'

A Palms Springs inspired lifestyle sets the tone for this desert-inspired gar­den which fea­tures an array of cac­ti, agaves and succulents.

Sit­u­at­ed on a 700 sq m block in Syd­ney’s east­ern sub­urbs, the home, pre­vi­ous­ly occu­pied as the Cam­bo­di­an embassy and trans­formed by Inte­ri­or Design­er Romy Alwill, takes its cues from mid-cen­tu­ry Cal­i­forn­ian design. True to this epoch and by work­ing col­lab­o­ra­tive­ly, both Alwill Inte­ri­ors and Wyer & Co. have suc­cess­ful­ly inte­grat­ed the gar­den as an exten­sion of the home­’s inter­nal liv­ing spaces.

To achieve this, mature palms that once sep­a­rat­ed the house from the gar­den were trans­plant­ed and reused as accent plants through­out, allow­ing the space to open up, effort­less­ly onto the exist­ing enter­tain­ing area. Updates to the adja­cent pool include a can­tilever deck, clad in New Guinea Rose­wood. A care­ful selec­tion of cac­ti and suc­cu­lents add to the laid­back Cal­i­forn­ian ambience.

Cac­ti and suc­cu­lents add to the mid-cen­tu­ry feel
The can­tilever deck allows access to the pool