Tours don’t get much happier, brighter or more lush and green than it did in the Smack Bang studio tour. The historical building paired with approachable, modern design felt alive and inspiring. Smack Bang’s owner, Tess Robinson, hasn’t just created a stunning work environment for herself and her team — her remarkable house has also been outfitted with beautiful furniture, artwork and minimal obstructions to the immaculate views.
Tess Robinson and her partner, Byron Smith, Founder of Urban Growers, moved into this 1950s bungalow eight months ago. This seaside home in Sydney, Australia’s Bronte is a dream come true. Everything from the location, to the light, to the detached guesthouse makes this house the gem that it is and it has changed the way Tess and Byron live. “The location was quite honestly too good to be true. Our home is situated right on the Bronte cliffs overlooking Sydney’s magical Eastern coastline. Waking up with the Pacific Ocean at our doorstep every morning has changed my life and the way I begin my day,” Tess says. The home was only enhanced by the careful selection of furniture and decorative items brought in by Tess and Byron.
While they’ve only been in their rental for eight months, the couple has thoughtfully decorated and designed each room of their home. “We wanted to create a relaxed, welcoming and liveable space while staying true to the home’s 50s-retro heritage. Our home is full of an eclectic mix of treasures we have collected on our travels along the way,” Tess says. “It is also jam-packed with beautiful plants and an abundance of foliage.” Tess and Byron’s designers’ eyes have gone a long way in this home. The original character of the house has been sweetly honored while reflecting the chill, modern aesthetic Tess and Byron share. This home has it all — including a cute family to love it well. –Lauren
Photography by Ashley Natasha Jones