Inside A Former Financial institution, Turned Stately Household House!

Inside designer Sheila Smith’s dwelling in Hay, New South Wales, has a wealthy historical past. 

The 1891 constructing was initially commissioned by The London Chartered Financial institution, but additionally held residency for the London Financial institution of Australia and the English-Scottish Financial institution Firm earlier than being offered to Australian agricultural enterprise Goldsborough Mort in 1942.

In 1973 the constructing was bought by Sheila’s grandmother Noreen Smith and her sister Marjorie Houston. The sisters renovated the previous financial institution to make it their dwelling and in 1990 offered it to Sheila’s mother and father Kyle and Sally Smith, who continued to rejuvenate the historic constructing, including a conservatory and open-plan dwelling space. 

In 2020 the constructing grew to become Sheila and husband Grant Volz’s dwelling, who, with the arrival of their son Oscar, mark the third and fourth era of Smiths to name the previous financial institution dwelling.

‘I really like the historical past of this constructing,’ says Sheila. ‘The integrity of the home nonetheless stands robust, however we’ve purchased her into the twenty first century.’

Sheila and Grant have a 3 stage renovation deliberate for the in depth 15 room dwelling. Stage one is full, and noticed them change the unique balcony ground; repair the roof, fascia, scotia and gutters; paint the outside; restore the entrance doorways; and replace the inside with new window furnishings, new carpet, paint and wallpaper. 

Stage two, which is presently underway, will see the loos up to date and the backyard prolonged. Then, in 5 or so years, stage three will see an entire overhaul of the laundry and kitchen. 

‘We have been adamant we didn’t need to change any of the historic options of the constructing,’ explains Sheila. ‘However we wished the house to mirror us.’ 

Discovering a steadiness of previous and new contained in the 131-old constructing was a problem, however one which Sheila – who owns an inside design enterprise referred to as Miss Smith Interiors – was properly outfitted to deal with. 

‘The ceiling heights on this constructing vary from 13 toes to 19 toes, so scale and proportion have been crucial,’ she says. ‘The eating room might be my favorite as it’s fairly surprising and never too severe.’ 

The room in query options excessive drama with Porter’s Evergreen gloss paneling beneath a basic Grisaille wallpaper mural. ‘We love that we will have dinner within the forest, in the midst of the Hay Plains!’, she says.

Slowly however certainly, Sheila has reworked the 5 bedrooms, three loos, powder room, drawing room, eating room, conservatory and open plan kitchen, dwelling and eating into areas swathed in color and texture.

Components of the constructing’s previous stay, but have been tailored for contemporary use; the previous banking chamber has develop into Sheila’s inside design studio; and the unique robust room/financial institution secure is now the wine cellar.

‘Our dwelling embraces the concepts and particulars of a basic inside, while maintaining issues recent and joyous,’ says Sheila. ‘Each room has character and reveals a little bit character.’