Julia and Will Dangar are Bondi locals through and through—a fact that’s clear the minute you enter Bismarck House. Once a dilapidated federation property in South Bondi, the home is now a seamless blur of easy indoor and outdoor living.
This relaxed and modern oasis feels ready-made for Sydney coastal living with its semi-industrial vibe, white washed walls and beach proximity. Full length windows and a north-east facing aspect let the sun and garden spill into every corner of the home.
A celebrated landscape gardener, Will worked around the large Bismarck Palm (the home’s namesake) with unusual, low-maintenance planting combos. While Julia styled the interiors to layered perfection with designer and vintage furniture, mid century ceramics and soft and tonal C+G linens.
We recently had the privilege to explore Bismarck and see our linen in situ (stunning!). While there, we sat down with Julia at the home’s iconic window seat to chat about how it all came together.
Linen Tea-Towel Set in Natural, Linen Tea-Towel Set in Navy
Read on for the full story of this unique home below.
C+G: What was the inspiration behind Bismarck House?
JD: Will and I have considered moving out of Sydney at some stage and so the planning around this project was that it would be for short term stays. Our brief to our Architect, Andrew Burges Architects, was to do something that hasn’t been done before and to experiment with materials.
C+G: Your husband, Will Dangar is a fantastic landscape designer - how was it working together to create this masterpiece of a home?
JD: Will has a wonderful eye for detail and really liked the idea of this property as it is located on a corner and runs the length of the laneway. I always have complete faith in his vision. We also worked collaboratively with Andrew Burges Architects, David Harrison from Design Daily and Karen McCartney—the dream team.
C+G: In terms of the interiors, what is your style?
JD: We wanted our interiors to be relaxed and reflect the way we like to live. Bismarck House is a wonderful mix of contemporary pieces and elements such as steel, glass, concrete and recycled materials. Layered with rugs from Morocco, 1970s ceramics, selected art pieces and vintage furniture. We like the raw nature of materials with layered textures.
C+G: The house has won many awards, tell us more about the initial process creating it and then living through all the renovations?
JD: We actually didn’t live through the renovations, however did spend 18 months living at Bismarck House through the first COVID lockdown. We absolutely loved living there and being part of the vibrant South Bondi community. The large sliding timber window opens out onto the laneway allowing for social interaction with our neighbours and I enjoyed sitting in the sun on the window seat taking in the urban nature of the surroundings and locals passing by. The low maintenance garden spills out onto the laneway and runs along the length of the property allowing for the indoors to flow to the outdoors. The location is idyllic. Close to both Tamarama and Bondi Beaches as well as being close to so many great restaurants and shops.
C+G: It is such a peaceful and special property, who have been the main clients staying there? We heard there are now quite a few international guests booking the house?
JD: We get lots of lovely interesting guests from all over Australia and more recently international guests. We have had couples getting ready for weddings , book launch events and a number of architects and design industry guests who want to be immersed in the beautiful surroundings that Bismarck house has to offer.