For this project the clients were a family was moving up from rural Victoria to make the Gold Coast their new home. The couple has 2 teenage boys so from the outset the brief was that the interior design of their house had to be as liveable, comfortable and practical as it was beautiful. It wanted to look like a show home but perform like a real home! The family had recently taken a trip to Bali and wee inspired by the resorts there so we settled on a Modern Balinese feel without taking it too literally. We focused on interesting textures, masculine shapes, lots of timber and a natural colour palette with pops of copper and burnt sienna.
The souring double height ceiling gave us ample scope for drama, we a warmed it up and improved the acoustics with as hand knotted rug in custom colours. We selected a large original painting for the wall with grass cloth wallpaper. The owner has a great collection tribal artefacts from their travels, so we added a sideboard for showcasing them and a few mismatched chairs to add character. The finishing touch was the copper forged pendant lights…the owner loved them so much when they saw them that they just laid on the carpet and stared up at them.
This area was to be a fun and casual destination for the boys to hang out with their friends, BUT the interior designer in me still had to make it look great as you walk by it on the way to the front door. We opted for a vintage camel leather sofa and a chunky wood block coffee table. The over scaled chair swivels and the zebra rug was just a touch of whimsy.
A large modular King sofa was the perfect solution to maximise the use of space and the whole family stretching out to watch movies. Just in case there were a few extra people, we made up some bean bags in a custom fabric. The back of the sofa provided display space for beautiful decor from Eco Chic and kept the room interesting when walking in, as it is never nice to just walk into the back of a sofa. I think te piece de résistance is the two framed pieces of African Kuba cloth, wow!
This large space had a stunning view of the canal, but the owner wanted it to feel intimate and inviting, not showy. To define the space we got a very large custom rug made inspired by a Navaho Indian pattern. The sofas were done in a beautiful weave that had flecks of charcoal and copper and feather wrapped cushions for maximum comfort. The coffee table had to be big so we did it in glass to ensure the space didn’t feel to heavy. Two lounge chairs were hand carved in Bali in a beautiful mahogany and sit next to a fossilised timber log table. The fireplace was just an ugly mirror when they first saw the house so we clad it in copper sheeting to add texture and drama.
The owners love to entertain so we not only had to fit 8 chairs, they had to be comfortable …a 1.8 metre square table was the perfect solution. It was custom made right here on the gold coast in a beautiful crown oak stained dark walnut . The armchairs are upholstered in a subtle tribal tone on tone pattern and the setting if finished off by a woven disc pendant light that adds texture without blocking the view.
While this room was large and spectacular, it was a difficult shape. We a started by putting a gorgeous ikat wallpaper on the double height side and adding a four poster bed to help fill the lofty space. The niche off to one side provided the perfect space for a sofa, chair and some bronze rain drums as tables. The colour scheme is softer that the rest of the house in charcoal, linen, ivory and touched of citron.
When doing Gold Coast Interior design, one has to prepare for the environment! We chose polypeel woven furniture to stand up to the harsh sun and sea salt but also to add some texture and depth. We accented them with bold tribal prints in black and white and let the landscape be the colour. There are several outdoor areas so we defined each one for a different purpose…dining, lounging, or cocktails!