House Tour: This NSW Coastal Home Is The Ultimate Sanctuary

<em>Photography by Mitch Fong</em>
Photography by Mitch Fong

Drawing on inspirations from the Bahamas, Singaporean style and Balinease villas, this Australian coastal home exemplifies the ultimate getaway sanctuary. 

Spearheaded by interior designer Simone Mathews of SOUL Home, ‘The Pause’ home on the New South Wales Coast blurs the lines between holiday home and hotel.

Photography by The Palm Co

When it came to creating the atmosphere of luxury, Mathews says the choice of styling and building materials were key.

“I try to stick to a specific 70/20/10 rule. For The Pause, it was based on a style that revolved around 70% organic, 20% minimal with a final 10% classic layer to bring it all together,” she says.

Photography by The Palm Co

Fusing organic, minimalist and classic style, Mathews went for a mix of materials with a natural and understated finish. “You’ll notice there is a mix of timbers, and concrete with a neutral palette. I wanted the home to have a feeling of space and a sense of calm,” she explains.

Photography by Mitch Fong

A warm white interior is paired with brass accents to create a sleek, clean and understated look.

The kitchen and living, with its oversized concrete island and open-plan design is a flexible space, allowing for guests to commune, with an outdoor dining area that can be enclosed and turned into an extension of the indoor space.

Photography by The Palm Co

Natural curves find their way into the home, with architectural arches featured in each of the guest bedrooms.

“The arches were the hero of the guest bedrooms,” says Mathews. “They were made to create different zones such as the bedroom, the wardrobe area and the ensuite while also giving the sense of space. Using Gyropock Superchek made the job really easy as you can just cut the plasterboard to the shape.”

Photography by The Palm Co

The antique timber doors overlooking the hallway are one of the designer’s favourite elements. “We’ve really tried to adapt a simple approach as the design of the build and the styling is enough to give it that ‘wow’ factor,” says Mathews.

Photography by The Palm Co



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