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An Un-Beachy Beach House On The NSW Central Coast

Interiors

Decus Interiors are a design studio known for their luxurious yet liveable approach to design – a signature that has been wholly embraced in this new home.

Located in Killcare on the NSW Central Coast, the house embraces its spectacular views of the beach and Bouddi National Park, but in a luxe style not typical of Australian coastal projects.

18th December, 2020

Stunning ocean views from the Killcare House by Decus Interiors and Square Design. Photo – Anson Smart. Styling – Alexandra Gordon

Domo sofa. Cosh Living coffee table. MCM House table. Dedece chair. Photo – Anson Smart. Styling – Alexandra Gordon

The view of Killcare Beach and Bouddi National Park. Photo – Anson Smart. Styling – Alexandra Gordon

The free-flowing, indoor-outdoor area. Photo – Anson Smart. Styling – Alexandra Gordon

Dedece chair, footstool and sofa. Orient House stool. Custom coffee table. Robyn Cosgrove rug. Photo – Anson Smart. Styling – Alexandra Gordon

Dedece chair and footstool. Custom coffee table. Robyn Cosgrove rug. Ondene throw. Photo – Anson Smart. Styling – Alexandra Gordon

Artwork on left, Marisa Purcell ‘#18872 ’ via Olsen Gallery. Artwork on right, Tim Summerton ‘Dark Wood’, 2010 via Olsen Gallery. Dedece chairs and sofa. Cushions by Seneca, South Pacific Fabrics + Marco Fabrics. Orient House stool. Custom coffee table. Robyn Cosgrove rug. Lindsey Adelman pendant. Photo – Anson Smart. Styling – Alexandra Gordon

Custom coffee table by Decus.  Dedece sofa. Photo – Anson Smart. Styling – Alexandra Gordon

HG Furniture stools. Lindsey Adelman pendant. Photo – Anson Smart. Styling – Alexandra Gordon

Dedece chairs. Artwork by Tim Summerton ‘Dark Wood’, 2010 via Olsen Gallery. Simple Studio curtains. Photo – Anson Smart. Styling – Alexandra Gordon

Photo – Anson Smart. Styling – Alexandra Gordon

Simple Studio curtains. Vintage chairs. Loom Rugs rug. Photo – Anson Smart. Styling – Alexandra Gordon

Artwork by Alan Jones ‘Painting 188 (Moonee Beach)’ 2016 via Olsen Gallery. Mark Tuckey bedside table. Domo chair. Anibou table. Ondene bedding. Simple Studio curtains. Photo – Anson Smart. Styling – Alexandra Gordon

Domo chair. Anibou table. Ondene bedding. Photo – Anson Smart. Styling – Alexandra Gordon

Grazia & Co Chair. Cosh Living daybed. Ondene bedding. Anibou table. Photo – Anson Smart. Styling – Alexandra Gordon

Ondene bedding. Grazia & Co chair. Artwork on right Bartolomeo Celestino ‘Natural Order’ via Olsen Gallery. Photo – Anson Smart. Styling – Alexandra Gordon

Ochre pendant. Simple Studio curtains. Bathtub and floor tile supplied by client. Cult Design side table. Door and vanity made by Corelli Joinery. Photo – Anson Smart. Styling – Alexandra Gordon

Photo – Anson Smart. Styling – Alexandra Gordon

Ondene bedding. Great Dane Furniture bench. Bedhead made by Corelli Joinery. Cult Design wall lamp. Custom side table. Photo – Anson Smart. Styling – Alexandra Gordon

Cult Design stool. Ochre pendant. ‘Calacatta Vagli’ honed stone by SNB Stone. Tiles sourced by client. Photo – Anson Smart. Styling – Alexandra Gordon

Kelly Wearstler wall light. Nicholas & Alistair mirror. Corelli Joinery in Artdemous ‘Breccia Nera’ stone. Photo – Anson Smart. Styling – Alexandra Gordon

Living Edge pendant. Photo – Anson Smart. Styling – Alexandra Gordon

Mirror, vanity, and shelving by Corelli Joinery. Criteria Collection wall light. Photo – Anson Smart. Styling – Alexandra Gordon

Client’s own bocce balls on the wall! Corelli Joinery table, and joinery with Marco Fabrics velvet. Domo chair. Criteria Collection wall light. Photo – Anson Smart. Styling – Alexandra Gordon

Corelli Joinery table, and joinery with Marco Fabrics velvet. Dedece accessories on table. Photo – Anson Smart. Styling – Alexandra Gordon

Enoteca Sileno wine rack. Corelli Joinery joinery. Photo – Anson Smart. Styling – Alexandra Gordon

The new contemporary facade. Photo – Anson Smart. Styling – Alexandra Gordon

The projects mixes materials inside and out. Photo – Anson Smart. Styling – Alexandra Gordon

The landscaped entrance. Photo – Anson Smart. Styling – Alexandra Gordon

Cosh Living daybed. MCM House side table. Photo – Anson Smart. Styling – Alexandra Gordon

Amelia Barnes
Friday 18th December 2020

‘It was important for our clients to feel like their home had been there for years, rather than feeling overly new or polished.’ – Alexandra Donohoe Church

How to do justice to an incredible site overlooking Killcare Beach and Bouddi National Park? Design an equally spectacular home. 

Drawing on the location and design of the new house by Square Design, Decus Interiors have created a special interior scheme more than worthy of the home’s prized position. 

The brief was for a home suitable for regular entertaining, adopting a textured yet practical style referencing the clients’ love of travel.

Initially brought in to curate the decoration only, Decus were eventually engaged to imagine the entire interior fit out, including floor and wall finishes, hardware, and window treatments. 

The resulting home contains free-flowing spaces, each with their own distinct aesthetic facilitated by textured materials and vibrant art. 

‘We took references directly from our clients’ love for travel – each year venturing to the Italian Alps – as well as their love for France,’ says Alexandra Donohoe Church, founder and managing director at Decus Interiors. ‘While it technically is a beach house, we wanted to make it as un-beachy as possible.’

The use of rich, layered materials not only plays into this aesthetic, but provides more of a lived-in feel not always found in new builds. ‘It was important for our clients to feel like their home had been there for years, rather than feeling overly new or polished’ says Alexandra.

These materials range from contemporary finishes like polished concrete and stacked stone, to steel framed windows, bronze mesh joinery, and reclaimed timber flooring and bathroom tiles. 

‘At the time of this build we experimented a lot with stone, in particular the Concordia stone from Artedomus in the kitchen, and this enabled us to create a unique space for each room,’ says Alexandra. ‘We also worked with textured wall coverings, such as the deep blue Phillip Jeffries hemp wallpaper.’ 

In contrast to the materiality, the colour palette, furniture, and soft furnishings directly respond to the home’s vistas of Bouddi National Park and the coast beyond.

‘As a studio, we love experimenting with opposing elements for a sense of polarity,’ says Alexandra of this juxtaposition. ‘There’s something intangible but powerful about injecting a little tension and the unexpected into every design.’

What takes this home to the next level is the addition of unexpected moments throughout, including a wine cellar hidden behind an invisible joinery panel, and en suite entrance concealed within the library joinery. 

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