3 The location of this home (opposite), right on the water in Sydney’s Double Bay, inspired the unique urban-beach-cottage-meetssophisticated-boathouse look of this family room. Having completed several projects for close relatives of the client, the pressure was on interior designer Thomas Hamel to deliver on the brief. Beadboard was installed on the side wall and ceiling and painted Resene White Pointer Quarter. It’s matched with a sandy-coloured silk and aloe rug and mix of timber, cane, linen and leather pieces. The mahogany-stained vintage armchairs “avoid the beach-house cliché” while the artworks hold childhood memories.