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Galleria Sanctum Design Process

Galleria Sanctum was designed around our client’s love of the Antarctic, classical music, and her treasured personal indigenous art collection. The once bland beige apartment was to be transformed into an immersive experience of colour, music and fine art that created a sanctuary to come home to.  Working in detail with our client we worked collaboratively through the design concept, established mood boards, a materials and finishes colour palette, space planning, 3D modelling and design documentation prior to taking the project into construction. Colour was a pivotal part of the design process as is provided the conceptual tool to celebrate the art collection and identify the public and private spaces within the apartment.

All public spaces, lounge dining and wine bar and custom made joinery were in St James Whitting Igneous and Resene Alabaster providing a classic analogous palette and also referencing her love of penguins in the Antarctic, whilst simultaneously providing the perfect gallery like wall to frame her indigenous art collection. The hallway was painted in rich Resene Lusty the exact background palette found in her original indigenous painting, from her private art collection and also provides the perfect warm and edible tones adjacent to the kitchen.

The master bedroom and ensuite were to be representative of ‘Yves Klein Blue’ in colour –inspired by her personal photography of icebergs in the Antarctic. Resene Kudos perfectly complementing the Ezzari mosaic tiles on the floor and walls of the ensuite and in a flat finish also makes the alabaster painted shutters and her colourful indigenous artworks and limited edition St James Whitting print “ Drift on” pop off the wall The guest bedroom and bathroom celebrate her love of teal in Resene Atomic. The colour , coordinates perfectly with the Tuscan Sunset wallpaper and was also inspired by her personal photography of seals amongst icebergs in the Antarctic and contemporary European architecture.


Galleria Sanctum Design Concept:

An avid art collector and world traveller the clients brief was simple: “I would like my apartment to embrace quality and sustainability, and reflect my love of contemporary colour, my art collection and my travels to the deep blue and transformative waters of the Antarctic. I want a space to totally relax in and to immerse and lose myself in colour.”

The colour curation of the interior was derived primarily from the owner’s art collection. The interior walls were specially painted to enhance and celebrate each individual painting from her art collection. The colour curation of the Resene paints and art collection actually became the concept for the entire interior design process and provided a palette for all material and product specification. All public spaces were in St James Whitting Igneous and Resene Alabaster and each private area of the home invites you into an immersion of brave colour, rich lusty red near the kitchen, timekeeper teal in the study, atomic and kudos in the master and guest bedrooms. Our colour palette was selected to complement our client’s extensive collection of original artworks along with her love of the colours of the Antarctic. It was important to define each area of her home with an individual colour

Interior and rug design: St James Whitting – Kate St James & Catherine Whitting
Alcatraz Custom coloured rug: Designer Rugs
Joinery construction: Zarrella Kitchens
Electrical: Fix Electrical Contractors
Plumbing: Sydney Metro Plumbing
Tiling: Five Dock Tiling and Bathrooms
Paint:  St James Whitting coloured by Resene
TilesMy Tiles & Bathrooms
Original ArtworksClient’s Collection
Window Treatments:  Design Curtains


Galleria Sanctum - Testimonial

  • Resene Total Colour Residential Interior Award Winner 2021

    The judges said “colour purposefully defines each space to embue it with its own mood and personality. Careful consideration of sightlines from one room to the next takes you on a curated colour journey. The artwork and the colourways play off each other, providing a perfect environment in which the beauty of the artwork flourishes.” Resene Total Colour Residential Interior Award Winner Galleria Sanctum by Kate St James and Catherine Whitting, St James Whitting



Galleria Sanctum - Awards