Nyria King was the interior designer who undertook this particular project in 2016 while working under John Croft of the eponymous design company – before the renowned designer’s retirement. She now heads up her own design studio, Palm Interiors, with interior designer Kylie Mann. However, this home remains a stunning point of difference in her portfolio.
“The client already had great taste, and the home had a great architectural base to work with,” Nyria says. “They just needed help pulling it all together to get the proportions right and have someone with confidence introduce colour and pattern at a level that they felt comfortable living with.”
The house’s stunning position helped dictate the new design. “The home is located on a canal which is always a lovely backdrop to any interior,” Nyria explains. “Funnily enough, it was this very location that prompted the client to decide she wanted the opposite of the typical Noosa style.”
Working with several items of furniture that the clients already owned meant that Nyria had a definitive style guide when designing the home’s new interior spaces. “That said, there were still some existing furniture pieces that I had to ask to be removed completely. When something is holding the design back, it is not worth forcing it to be there. Fortunately, none of these pieces was of any sentimental value to them!”
The process of removing the existing white floor tiles and skirting boards in preparation for the oak timber flooring on the lower level was a massive undertaking, but what a difference it has made – creating a chic blank canvas for the stylish new revamp. There’s a subtle tribal luxe appeal to the design, which starts with a striking entry featuring a soaring six-metre high void lined with navy striped grass-weave wallpaper. Additional items were supplied by Nyria, including the art, rugs, cushions, lighting, furniture, wallpaper, mirrors, and accessories. “All of these were carefully selected and layered to enhance what was existing.”
The result is a relaxed yet utterly chic waterfront retreat, with an artful interior design by Palm Interiors that is perfect for luxe living.
Photography: Jason Smith