A fresh take on coastal interior design

A full-scale renovation and interior design saw a tired coastal house completely transformed into a contemporary Hamptons-style home, with plenty of character for a growing family with three children and a dog.

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With uninterrupted ocean views, the interior design of the house by Kate Connors from Connors and Co. naturally took on a nautical theme with a bold use of indigo blue that was softened by a complimentary neutral colour palette. Layers of confident pattern and subtle texture mix masculine and feminine elements and natural materials offset the clean lines of the show-stopping custom joinery in the living room.

This white wall-to-wall shelving with a Resene Celestial Blue background is a focal point in the home, drawing the eye to the clean lines yet artistic configuration of the shelving while housing the family’s collection of art and coffee table books. The clever installation of a sliding door conceals the TV when not in use, keeping the open-plan design minimal and uncluttered. 

The family’s existing dining setting – a Mark Tuckey table with light blue Hans J Wegner wishbone chairs – inspired the colour palette in the living room. Layers of blues, charcoal and natural linens were added to marry oak flooring, cement tiles, grass cloth and hand-printed wallpapers.

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In the bathrooms, handmade cement tiles mingle playfully with bespoke wooden elements, sleek matte black fixtures and aged brass finishes in unexpected yet impactful combinations.

Designed for the young family’s lifestyle, an additional segment added to the kitchen bench gives the children a place to play and do homework while parents prepare meals. Similarly, a window seat at the end of the kitchen with integrated storage keeps the family together while giving everyone the ability to undertake their own activities.

The thoughtful interior design by Connors and Co. ties together understated colours and unique elements that add intrigue to give the family a functional yet beautiful home.