If there was a handbook titled ‘Design and Emotion; How the Two are Interchangeable’, Smac Studio principal architect Shona McElroy would have a copy. First Blush, located in Sydney’s Dover Heights, demonstrates Shona’s knowledge of space (the client candidly refers to her as a “spacial acrobat”) and materials and how both can benefit family life.
The client, who lives with her husband and their three young girls, developed a close relationship with Shona while working on the project, ultimately achieving a result that they are both immensely proud of. She maintains that the design choices were not intended to adhere to a certain style or narrative, but rather to simply reflect her and her family. “Eclectic, glamorous, harmonious and zen; that’s how I would describe our home and us as people,” she says.