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Dated 90's Home Undergoes a Contemporary Interior Renovation

Located on the Barrenjoey peninsula in Sydney’s north, a Newport home has been awakened from its dated 1990’s design, to create a relaxed and fresh apartment which embraces the property’s sunlit marine setting.

The client brief called for a layered aesthetic that would capture the property’s expansive view and amplify the flow between the interior and exterior spaces. The 425sqm apartment comfortably accommodated three bedrooms, ensuite, bathroom, kitchen with butler’s pantry, study nook, dedicated laundry and a generous dining and living area, all of which required updating.

Centre to the design is the open plan kitchen with Blackbutt timber veneer cabinetry and porcelain benchtop by artedomus. Originally a separate room, the u-shaped kitchen was reworked and load bearing walls replaced with a steel beam,“This opened the entire space, and allowed us to achieve optimal flow from the kitchen to the outdoors,” said Angela Neylon, Interior Designer. Dedicated dining with seating for 10 guests and a relaxed living zone completed the space and was brought together with contemporary furniture and artwork by Ash Homles.

Flowing through newly installed sliding doors, sits a luxury outdoor kitchen complete with barbeque, pizza oven, sink and seating. The curves and textures played a dual part in the design with the aim to harmoniously blend with the modernised interior, but to also create intrigue and pivot one’s gaze towards the water.

Both of the home’s two bathrooms were remodelled. Light and glossy feature tiles were used in the ensuite, including in the spacious walk-in shower. Described as luxurious, soft and airy the ensuite includes a dual sink vanity with vertical u-groove panels reminiscent of gentle waves.

“In each room, the finishes were reflective of what can be seen in nature. I love how the custom vanity captured this.”

- Angela

Natural textures and neutral colours were important design elements. Tongue and groove timber wall panelling, handmade Moroccan zellige tiles, Sydney sandstone, engineered European Oak timber flooring and leather, all brought unique qualities to the design. The cantilever gas fireplace with crazy paving sandstone plinth is the hero of the room, with an open design that extends to the corner window. “Incorporating the sandstone brings a coastal feel to the space, and having it extend as it does, once again draws the eye to the outdoors,’ commented Angela. A colour palette in shades of white and warm neutrals was chosen to enhance the subtle, modern aesthetic, but to also leave room for the textures to play their part.

As briefed by the client, storage was high on the priority list and was achieved with custom made side tables, dressers and wardrobes in each of the bedrooms. In the master bedroom, a dresser finished in Porter’s Paints’ Black Cockatoo was purposefully designed as a standout piece and to anchor the room. The curves of the dresser complemented the heavily angled space, while the dark green was chosen to contrast.

Through considered design, the finished space presents a unique, comfortable and contemporary feel to the waterfront home.

“The finishes evoke a sense of coastal living, by combining a mix of natural elements which are equally modern and luxurious in their own right. I think this is what has really elevated the space and added that touch of individualism.”

- Angela


Artwork - Ash Holmes

Bathroom Sink - Villeroy & Boch

Builder - Steven bridge, Expertise Building

Carpet - Chatsworth in Sir William, 100% wool from Godfrey Hirst

Flooring - Engineered timber ‘Euro Oak’ Milano collection from Style Timber Floor

Furniture - Cosh Living

Joinery - Delta Designs

Kitchen Benchtop and Splashback - Maximum Argento porcelain panels from artedomus

Lighting - Atmosphere d'Ailleurs Kute Pendent Shades from Spence and Lyda, Potter DS Pendant by Anchor Ceramics

Paint - Porter’s Paints in Ashen

Sandstone - Gosford Quarries

Tapware - Astra Walker

Upholstery - Jade Upholstery

Window Treatments - Dew and Associates

Photography by Lucia Braham

Would you like to find out more about our interior design services? Contact Angela directly at or phone (02) 9979 5363.


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