A Sweet Sydney Holiday Home, Refreshed With Pastel Pink Interiors

The floorplan was tweaked to extend the main bathroom and bedroom, as the ‘heavy brown slate’ in the entrance and curved staircase was replaced with a ‘lovely soft terrazzo’.

The light-and-bright entrance.

‘My client loves pink,’ Josie says. ‘In her main home — as she has boys and her husband and no other females in the house — we were very restrained with pink, so in the holiday house she really wanted to have more pink (tones) and softness.

The two-storey beach house has been completely refreshed inside.

Artworks by Jane Sankey.

A Sweet Sydney Holiday Home, Refreshed With Pastel Pink Interiors


by Christina Karras

Built in about 1970s or 1980s, the brick property hides a self-contained apartment downstairs where the owners’ elderly parents live, while the upper level is used as a holiday house for the family of four.

‘We needed something durable and hard wearing yet providing a sense of lightness and a big welcoming hug,’ Josie adds. ‘The entrance sets the tone for the house, and we wanted to carry that feeling throughout.’

Natural textures bring a beachy feel to the interiors.

The owner had already worked with interior designer Josie Simpson of Altus Design Studio on her permanent residence, and decided to engage her once again for a more playful refresh of their Bundeena getaway.

‘The embroidery was originally the centre of a timber antique fireplace stand, so we removed the embroidery and had it framed,’ Josie says. ‘I love the mix of old and new.’

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New terrazzo tiles turn the original curved stair case into one of the home’s best features.

Rugs and soft furnishings bring in colours of pink — the owner’s favourite colour.

Arwork by Vicki Bosworth.

Textured tiles and light-toned timber feature throughout.

A sliding door reveals playful tiling in one of the ensuite bathroom.

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But this didn’t mean they had to sacrifice the essence of a classic beach house either. The structural renovations were kept to a minimum to keep the costs down, instead focusing the budget on textural materials that could bring a summery aesthetic to the dated home.

The main bedroom.

This sweet, light-filled beach house is located in Bundeena, a seaside village on the outskirts of Sydney.

Swapping the tiled flooring upstairs for floating light-toned floorboards and re-tiling the bathroom also helped bring a lighter feel to the interiors. Seaside-inspired details like a framed embroidery of a ship in the bedroom, rattan furniture, and patterned upholstery on the bedheads nod to the home’s peaceful location — just one street back from the beach!

The bathroom was extended in the renovations.

‘We consciously avoided the coastal cliché of white, blues and greens.’

The light colours contrast against the home’s retro brick exterior.