With views across Northbourne Oval and close proximity to all the action of Bunda Street,…
This week on Home Stories we step inside the opulent Kingston Foreshore apartment of Debbie and Peter Ring.
When you read the names of our hosts, did they sound familiar? They very well may—either from the high-profile work Peter and Debbie do around Canberra (Peter is a veteran branding specialist and Debbie provides study support for students at CIT)—or from my recent profile of their daughter Alana, who happens to live around the corner from her parents’ new home on the Kingston Foreshore.
Until recently, Peter and Debbie lived in Gleneagles Estate in Canberra’s south surrounded by a verdant golf course. I didn’t ask them if they were keen golfers, but I do know they are keen nature enthusiasts and loved the bush setting.
In fact, they loved it so much that they moved from one home to another in the same location as their family expanded from just the two of them to include two daughters and two fluffy white cats.
About two years ago, their home became a little emptier when the daughters spread their wings, so Peter and Debbie decided it was time to downsize.
They were pretty set on moving into a small home until Alana conveniently suggested that they explore ‘Sapphire’—a brand spanking new Kingston Foreshore development right on the edge of the lake.
Her parents fell in love with the apartment the moment they saw the stunning vista of Lake Burley Griffin from the living room.
“It’s one thing to be close to a lake and another to be on it—we moved in six months ago, we love this intimate view of the lake as the first thing we see in the morning and the last thing we see at night.”
The apartment’s layout, finishes and style were very different to Peter and Debbie’s Gleneagles home, so they took the opportunity to redefine their style.
Aside from the chesterfields, the Bromleys, the Dolce & Gabbana SMEG set and a few furniture pieces, everything else went up on onto Facebook Marketplace. They ended up getting a queue down the street for all their things—hardly surprising, as the pair definitely have an eye for design.
As you can see from Cass’ pics, the couple went for a what Debbie describes as “a classic New York apartment with a slightly eclectic feel”.
Lots of leather and wood, plenty of art and books, heaps of textures and intricacies to keep your eyes busy—though not so much as to feel cluttered or steal attention from that amazing view.
The apartment has a unique fan-like design, which means the walls are angled to spread out towards the balcony (again making the most of the view). The wood panelling was an addition from the couple to add a bit of interest and vintage style to the otherwise neutral walls, which now beautifully complement the art.
There’s also the private lift to the residence which doubles as the front door. Just like in fancy places in New York, there’s even a concierge at ground level that keeps the riff-raff at bay (luckily for Cass and I, Peter whisked us straight up, bypassing that barrier).
While some elements may be Manhattan-esque, the apartment is distinctly Canberran—a warm, inviting, visually rich and classic apartment that belongs right here over our lake.
And although their Sapphire digs are far from Peter and Debbie’s original vision of their forever home, it’s hard to imagine anything could top the endless water views and enviable inner south location.
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Photography: Cass Atkinson