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An apartment renovation located on one of the most beautiful beaches in Australia, Tugun QLD. A roof leak that was causing many issues for the owners was the inspiration for overhauling the interior and exterior of this beachside apartment.


Renovating this beach apartment was at times challenging and had a few issues from a building perspective that took longer to deal with than we had first anticipated.  Working with a pre-existing building that had been built with questionable building practices meant we came across a lot of errors that had to be rectified before we would continue with the original plans. A water leak that had caused many issues prompted the owners to renovate the space. The brief for a light-filled holiday apartment for the family to enjoy that accommodated young and old was achieved through staying true to the environment in which it resides.


Throughout the home, each area was designed to offer a connection to the generous outlook provided by the large windows and sliding glass doors as well as to the broader spatial planning that emphasises the view.


In order to soften the kitchen, which features a large amount of black granite, we used a warm colour palette. I wanted to be able to combine the original kitchen features with the furnishings I was bringing into the house. By connecting renovated parts of the home to original parts, I was able to create a seamless flow and understated connection. By painting the walls white with a warm undertone, we were able to match the existing tiles that also had a warm undertone, making the entire apartment feel inviting.

We introduced different shades of muted green and added texture through the raw organic feel of raw timber through furniture and decor. In addition, the existing black design features help anchor the space. Allowing the interior colour palette and interior design to be pared back, calm and quiet allowed for the views of the ocean to speak to the space and draw your eye out.  A magical place to rest and restore.


Our custom designed walk-in robe was crafted with a soft matte salt wash veneer to complement the coastal palette. A shoe tower was incorporated and soft closing draws were of course installed as well. In order to ensure there was an abundance of hanging, we made sure there was a his and hers side, with long hangings on hers.


The muted green used in the lounge and dining was used in the bedroom as well as a darker green in plants and linen to create a calm, relaxing atmosphere. The white washed timber bedframe and side tables add to the beach holiday feeling.

Pillows and Linen : Pillow talk & Temple and Webster


Upon entering the home you are greeted with an impressive custom-designed set of timber stairs that lead you to the private Master Suite. Alongside these stairs and their sheer height, a void is created which fills the entry with beautiful natural light. 


Replacing the outdoor tiles with all-weather rectified travertine tiles that feel wonderful underfoot and provide excellent anti-slip properties. Also addeing in lourvered shutters to the outdoor entertaining area for privacy and protection against the elements of beach weather. The lourvers are custom built for the space and are made specifially for the harsh coastal weather.

Shutters : Queensland Blinds and Shutters


Renovating a holiday apartment was such a fun project, since I was able to draw inspiration from what I could see outside, making it feel very organic and authentic when selecting the interior palette. By drawing from nature, a calming, tranquil, but inviting space was created. For this apartment to function effectively, design elements had to be hardwearing, easy to maintain, and unobtrusive because it is a private holiday apartment.

Hayley Kilmister

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