A Sweet Sydney Holiday Home, Refreshed With Pastel Pink Interiors

When creating a new colour palette for this dated Sydney beach house, the owner deliberately decided to stray from the ‘coastal cliches’ of white, blues and greens.

Instead, the Bundeena family home has been refreshed to reveal a serene palette of pink throughout the warm new interiors by Altus Design Studio — without losing the summery vibes of a classic beachside getaway.

Christina Karras

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

Arwork by Vicki Bosworth.

Textured tiles and light-toned timber feature throughout.

Left to right: Mermaid artwork by Jai Vasicek. Pair artworks by Jane Sankey. Large canvas by Pamela Honeyfield.

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

Artworks by Jane Sankey.

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

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

The light-and-bright entrance.

The bathroom was extended in the renovations.

Natural textures bring a beachy feel to the interiors.

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

The main bedroom.

A framed embroidery of a ship was salvaged from an antique fireplace stand.

Artworks by Mariola Smarzak.

Christina Karras
22nd of September 2023
Interior Design

VT Building Construction


Bundeena, NSW/Dharawal Country

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

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.

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.

‘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.

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

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 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’.

‘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.’

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 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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