Bondi Apartment

Bondi cool meets Art Deco

This Bondi beachside pad underwent a major renovation over the course of 12 months. Built during the Art Deco period, it always had good bones – lovely high ceilings, cornice details and great proportions – but it desperately needed a 21st Century update. My client wanted a space that felt light and bright and that had a sense of fun, femininity and colour. It was also important that the new design complemented the apartment’s period features.

We started with a new kitchen as the existing facilities were completely outdated. First we removed a wall to open up the space to the living room, maximising the natural light. The hexagonal white tiled splashback is the hero piece in the room and the shape pops through the use of grey grout work. A soft, speckled grey stone benchtop provides depth and white satin-finish cabinetry gives the room a streamlined look.

Next on the makeover list was the new open plan living room. A low-line sofa in a stone grey linen blend provides a comfy spot to relax by the window and we paired it with touches of marble and copper in the side tables. A specially commissioned Kristen Jackson artwork delivers the dose of colour my client was looking for – pink, blue, aqua and yellow to name just a few hues! Hardwood Blackbutt timber flooring completed the look throughout and helps tie the kitchen and living room together.

The bathroom was the final piece in this renovation puzzle. Measuring a very petite 1.7m x 2.2m, this space required a considered design to ensure it met the brief on both form and function. The palette was kept fresh and light to create a sense of space. Simple white wall tiles were used in combination with a sandy grey concrete-style floor tile, while an Oak timber vanity helped to soften the space. Styling was kept to a minimum with just a touch of copper and some greenery to provide a further natural touch to the room.

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