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anting a house full of tex­ture and rich­ness led the clients to De­cus for the in­te­rior de­sign of their new build at Kill­care on the NSW Cen­tral Coast. How did you be­come in­volved with this project and what was the brief? The clients were re­ferred by a family mem­ber who works in de­sign. The project, de­signed by Dan Clift from Square De­sign, was in the early stages of con­struc­tion. The clients wanted to in­clude ref­er­ences to beau­ti­ful Euro­pean farm­houses and chateaux which they had vis­ited dur­ing their trav­els. What were the challenges of the site? Be­cause we were brought in af­ter con­struc­tion started, it was a case of be­ing ag­ile with our de­sign ap­proach – keep­ing har­mony with Square De­sign’s vi­sion, but also tak­ing on more of the de­sign scope as the project evolved. What do you con­sider when de­sign­ing for a coastal set­ting? We had to con­sider the ef­fects of sea/salt cor­ro­sion on cer­tain ma­te­ri­als. The huge amount of sun­light and in­evitable fad­ing on some ma­te­ri­als. Min­imis­ing glare is also an is­sue so we in­tro­duced dark, rich colours and tex­tures. De­scribe the com­pleted home and favourite de­sign el­e­ments? Love the pow­der room, the brass mesh de­tail­ing to the liv­ing room and li­brary join­ery, the hid­den ‘speakeasy’ wine cel­lar, the tex­ture of the pal­ette. How does the project re­spond to its coastal con­text? It is an un­con­ven­tional beach house, it doesn’t scream ‘coastal’. But it is in­cred­i­bly com­fort­able and serene. Square De­sign re­ally con­sid­ered the vol­umes of the spa­ces and how light en­ters the home through high­light win­dows. The colours were cho­sen as a di­rect re­sponse to the vis­tas of Bouddi Na­tional Park and the coast be­yond. What in­formed the se­lec­tion of fur­ni­ture, fit­tings and fin­ishes? Ex­cel­lent col­lab­o­ra­tion with the clients who are very dis­cern­ing. Were the own­ers happy with the ex­e­cu­tion? How do they use the space? Yes we think so! It has been a true labour of love for them over three and a half years. They are very sociable and love to en­ter­tain in this space. What is the ap­peal of coastal liv­ing and par­tic­u­larly this lo­ca­tion? It is so close to Syd­ney and has a mag­nif­i­cent north-fac­ing view, al­most un­in­ter­rupted, along the beach and across the na­tional park. de­cus.com.au

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