ABOUT THIS PROJECT
This spacious Manly home boasts idyllic ocean views and a relaxed lifestyle. But while the location was great, the double story home was dated and lacking in style. The owners wanted to make it their own with a personalised interior. They knew the styles they liked and disliked. And they had a vision of a light-filled, modern farmhouse-style home in their new coastal location.
But they weren’t confident they could pull off a renovation of this size without help from interior designers in Brisbane. And that’s when the clients reached out to us. The project was a little more difficult because it commenced while the clients were still living interstate. They gave us some house interior ideas to work with and we began the design and decoration process to create a beautiful ‘coastal farmhouse’ aesthetic for them.
WHAT WE WERE WORKING WITH
The coastal home had four bedrooms, three bathrooms, two living areas and a multi-purpose room. The layout offered plenty of space for this young family to enjoy the Brisbane lifestyle. And they made the most of Queensland’s warm weather by having a pool installed in the rear back yard.
Due to the large size of the home, our interior designers in Brisbane maintained the internal layout. This was vital to managing the overall project cost. The existing spotted gum flooring was retained upstairs. And the downstairs terracotta tiling was replaced with matching timber flooring. Beautiful textured carpet replaced the outdated cream carpet in the bedrooms. Functionality was key to improving daily living and keeping the home neat and tidy.
KITCHEN INTERIOR DESIGN
A complete redesign of the kitchen was undertaken to help modernise the space. The focus of the kitchen interior design was to improve day-to-day tasks for the clients. The design centred around a large kitchen island where family and friends could eat and enjoy time together.
Our design included beautiful, large glass feature pendants. However, the real hero in the kitchen interior design is the stunning glossy sea green tile covering most of the wall. It reflects light around the room, opening the space and adding depth to the design.
Cabinetry throughout is light and neutral white with a subtle green undertone. This pairs beautifully with the soft green VJs on the island bench and Polytec natural oak shelving. The fresh colour scheme elevated the whole kitchen interior design.
The butler’s pantry was redesigned to incorporate adequate bench space for small kitchen appliances. It also ensured that pantry items were within easy reach for day-to-day convenience. Breakfast and coffee prep now take place out of sight. This means the kitchen always looks neat and tidy, even after the dash to get kids ready for school.
DINING ROOM INTERIOR DESIGN
An extension to the end of the pantry space allowed us to incorporate valuable storage and display space. This added functionality to the dining room. Arches were incorporated to bring softness and character and as a nod to the shape of the exterior roofline. The neutral kitchen colours were carried through to this area.
LIVING ROOM INTERIOR DESIGN
For those looking for interior design ideas for a living room, this house is the perfect inspiration.
The open plan living room is the space that the family uses together every day. So, it had to be suitable for growing children to sit and share time with their parents, watch TV, read books and play games. This was the impetus for our choosing the large rustic coffee table as it could store these items in close reach.
The large off-white sofa has removable covers making it the perfect choice for family living. And it creates a neutral coastal aesthetic. The Sarah Ellison armchair features oversize arm cushions and a black steel frame that suit the modern farmhouse aesthetic. And we can’t forget to mention the custom sisal floor rug by International Floor Coverings Queensland. It provides a durable and stylish flooring option for this frequently-used space.
Soft furnishings include decorative cushions with pattern and texture. This enhances the relaxed, contemporary coastal aspect of the interior decoration. Plus, who doesn’t love a pop of colour?
HALL INTERIOR DESIGN
An often-forgotten room when it comes to house interior ideas. However, it can be a useful and beautiful space if designed with care.
An adult drop zone was integrated into the space that was previously an unsightly hall cupboard. The design is cohesive with the kitchen and dining room cabinetry. It provides the perfect space to showcase much-loved photos, artwork and décor.
MUDROOM INTERIOR DESIGN
Under-utilised stair storage was transformed into a mudroom as part of the interior design of this home. A mudroom provides valuable functionality for a family with school-age children. And it can be used as a place for guests to hang their bags and jackets. The mudroom incorporates green VJ panelling with natural oak and off-white custom cabinetry.
COMBINATION LAUNDRY BATHROOM INTERIOR DESIGN
One of the highlights of this home is the laundry and bathroom combination. The owners needed a laundry room, but wanted it to be a dual space as well. So they incorporate a bathroom that the kids could run to from the pool and that overnight guests could use.
Because it was a dual space, they didn’t want it to feel like a typical laundry. So we added Dulux White Duck Half cabinetry with lots of storage space for laundry items. White hand-cut subway tiles cover the walls. And there’s an attractive stacked washing machine and dryer.
The space meets the requirement of a functional laundry (and a stylish one at that). And there’s real beauty in this room with the butler’s sink and ADP matt black hanging mirror. These elements instantly elevate the space beyond the mundane task of laundry.
MAIN BATHROOM INTERIOR DESIGN
The main bathroom doubles as the children’s bathroom and the place for guests to wash their hands. Prior to the home renovation, this space was awkward to enter, dark and unappealing. To overcome these two key issues, we increased the size of the room. This was done by using space from an adjoining cupboard and adding a skylight.
The colour palette for this bathroom incorporates an earthy green, marble and off white. These colours are punctuated with black tapware and shower frame. Incorporating a Fienza freestanding corner bath allowed us to gain more space by removing the large bath hob.
MASTER BEDROOM INTERIOR DESIGN
The master bedroom was given a modern farmhouse makeover as part of the interior decoration service provided. If you are searching for bedroom interior design ideas, then you’re in luck. The space features a buttoned fabric bedhead, paired with large timber bedside tables with louvre doors. A timber and woven seagrass rope bed end bench seat extends across the foot of the bed. Full height sheer white curtains allow the light to flood into the room while retaining privacy.
MASTER ENSUITE INTERIOR DESIGN
Blending modern farmhouse with light and airy coastal features, the master ensuite presents soft green walls and a white penny round tiled floor. And we can’t forget the custom vanity of Polytec natural oak and Caesarstone Organic white. Black tapware and trims provide depth in this otherwise, clean minimalist space.
Hiring our Brisbane interior designer team allowed this family to realise their vision. They now get to enjoy a beautiful, personalised and functional family home with a ‘coastal farmhouse’ style.
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