Smoke and Mirrors – Mixing business and pleasure

27 Mar

The Front Room - Images sourced from

Debra Cronin is an interior designer with vision beyond most.  Upon retuning Sydney to after many years living abroad she set out to find herself a run down derelict Victorian house to show case her very unique signature style.

Whilst many seek perfection in their decoration.  Rather than covering up the marks on the walls and removing the old wallpaper remnants,  Debra embraces the history that each mark, paint layer or wallpaper shard holds. She allows them to continue to tell the stories of the history that they have seen pass through the doors over the years.

Not content with keeping the vision all to herself,  Debra has collaborated with ex Otto chef David Speck to showcase the eclectic space to create the Bite Club, where dinner parties are held for singles nights and private functions.

Debra describes the Bite Club house design “as a mixture of Alice in Wonderland meets The Addams Family.”

The Bite Club is referred to as an “underground venue”, with the address only being given out once you book on the website….. so I  feel very fortunate to have been able to visit for no other reason than to have a good old sticky beak!! Certainly from the outside you would not even know it is there, looking perhaps a little more fight club than Bite club, but once you are inside you are transported into a bygone era.  Hopefully one day I will score an invite for dinner!!!!

The Dining Area

The Dining Area - Images sourced from

Old decanters have been adapted to create the lighting above the dinner table.

The Front Room

Front Room

Taxidermy and up-cycling are present throughout giving a vintage grandeur. It is hard not to feel nostalgic as you sit on the sofa.  You are just waiting for your great aunt to walk in with a home baked cake and a fresh cuppa.

The Front Room - Taxidermy

With its uneven over loved keys the Grand Piano sits as a talking piece, you can only wonder at the many tunes played and the conversations held.

The Grand Piano

The Bathroom

No shortage of storage in the bathroom


The all important (Herb) Garden

The Garden - Sourced

The Kitchen

The all important kitchen for pulling together the Bite Club Menu’s.

The All Important Kitchen - Sourced

Shhhh…. it is a secret. Although…….. the first rule of the Bite Club is that you must talk about the Bite Club – so I thought it best to do as I was told!!!!!

Let the colourful journey continue………….


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7 responses to “Smoke and Mirrors – Mixing business and pleasure

  1. Elisa

    March 27, 2012 at 11:35 pm

    I love the feel of this style of decorating. A true example of surrounding yourself with the things that you love.

    • birdcagedesign

      March 28, 2012 at 7:04 am

      Very much so, it was like walking back in time. All of the modern sleek symmetrical interiors that you see in todays magazines seem very cold in comparison.

  2. This Sydney Life

    March 28, 2012 at 7:44 am

    This is fabulous! Perhaps we should organise a Sydney Bloggers dining night at the Bite Club… (just a thought!)

    • birdcagedesign

      March 28, 2012 at 7:59 am

      I am up for that, although we may need to find a rich sugar daddy to pay…..maybe we should put out an advert!!!…… ” Creative Sydney bloggers group seeks very generous sponsor with GSH to help satisfy their creative culinary curiosity!!”

  3. mareelouise

    March 28, 2012 at 2:01 pm

    What a beautiful place!


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