Step Inside This Fashion Designer's Tranquil Avalon Abode
Yasmin Goldsmith’s northern beaches home is stylish, practical, and timeless, just like her fashion label Yasmin Raquel, which is renowned for its highly wearable, classic pieces that make it every fashion girl's go-to for everyday dressing.
Nestled down a tree-lined cul-de-sac within the picturesque surrounds of Avalon in Sydney’s north, the light-filled home is a tranquil escape from the hustle and bustle of the city. The fashion designer purchased the four-bedroom, three-bathroom property four years ago after falling in love with its calm energy and leafy alfresco offering, which is often home to native birds, sunset drinks, and giggling children bouncing on the trampoline.
Inspired by the surrounding nature and the sound of the crashing ocean, Goldsmith has designed the home with natural materials teamed with an array of indoor plants. Scroll on and tour this laidback abode—this really is living.
MyDomaine Australia: What is the street like?
Yasmin Goldsmith: We live in a quite, leafy street, tucked away at the end of a cul-de-sac.
MD: What do you love about the area?
YG: The closeness to the water, both the beach and Pittwater. The nature that surrounds us, trees, birds, wildlife. Also, the people—they are relaxed and super friendly.
MD: How many years have you lived here?
YG: Four years.
MD: What attracted you to the house and ultimately made you fall in love with it and buy it?
YG: The energy of the house, the natural light, and the alfresco layout.
MD: How would you describe the style of the home?
YG: A relaxed style, warm, airy, and peaceful.
MD: Did you buy the home as is, or have you done renovations since you moved in? If so, what was it like before and what renovations have you done?
YG: We purchased the house as is. We have mainly added our touch to the internal aesthetics of the house. The house was previously owned by a horticulturalist, so the gardens were already perfect.
MD: What sort of home is yours? For example, is it an entertaining type of house, where you have friends over for dinner parties, or is it more of your sanctuary where you get away?
YG: It is both a sanctuary and an entertainer. The summer months is when the house really shines. We open the bi-fold doors to a large balcony at the front of the house as well as the doors at the back of the house which opens up to a small garden and entertaining deck. The summer breeze gently flows through the house. We like to entertain in the early afternoon with close friends and family. We have some music playing in the background, the kids are jumping on the trampoline and the adults are enjoying a sunset drink on the entertaining deck.
MD: When you walk into your house what feelings does it evoke?
YG: When I walk into our home, I feel like I have escaped the 'outside' world. I'm surrounded by natural light beaming in from all angles, there are cockatoos, king parrots and lorikeets waiting on the balcony for some seed every morning and afternoon. We can hear the sound of the ocean in the early mornings and when I’m outside and look up I am surrounded by blue skies and shades of green. The house has a lovely way of making you feel at peace.
MD: How many rooms are there?
YG: Four bedrooms, two bathrooms, a study, and a entertaining deck which flows onto a small lawn.
MD: Do you have a favourite room in the house? And why?
YG: The heart of the house is my favourite space. It's where the kitchen, living, and dining all meet in an opened plan layout. The bi-fold doors open the room up to the outside. We spend a lot of time as a family in this space and we have shared some precious moments.
MD: What has influenced the design style and decorating of the house? Or what is the inspiration behind it?
YG: The style of the house is made up of natural materials—wood, glass, ceramics, plants. I think I have just taken my inspiration from my surrounds—why wouldn't you! I am drawn to beautiful, hand-crafted things. I suppose that's how I have come to decorate my house over the years, with things I love.
MD: What do you love most about this house?
YG: The alfresco layout, the use of floor to ceiling glass all through the house which allows for amazing aspects, the natural light, and most of all the feeling of happiness when I’m here.
MD: What is your favourite item in the home?
YG: A TV cabinet that my father made by hand, using hundreds of layers of ply board. It has a beautiful colour and pattern and it's a one off, hand crafted by my dad which I just adore.
MD: What is the outlook you have from your house?
YG: Trees, ocean glimpses, the roof tops of some houses nestled among the trees.