THE REMAKING OF AN ICON
BETWEEN THE BACKPACKERS AND BOHO VIBES OF BYRON BAY, Rae’s on Wategos has always been a beacon of elegance. Perched on an idyllic beachfront, she was renowned for her unique ’60s architecture and innate sense of charm, until early this year when the time came for this iconic beauty to have a modern-day makeover. For the nine-month refurbishment, the Rae’s team engaged Sydney-based interior designer Tamsin Johnson, who created a space that is both glamorous and relaxed, beachy yet elegant, and above all else, makes you feel like you’re a million miles away from city life.
“The building has been constantly added to since the 1970s, and though extremely charming, it had become tired and rundown,” says managing director Jordy Catalano. The idea was to step away from the Balinese influence, and embrace the features and environment that make Rae’s unique. “We wanted the space to feel like a beach house while still having a contemporary element,” adds general manager Francesca Webster. And that it does, permeating coastal vibes with its muted palette and natural fabrics. No two rooms are the same, but all of them share the same pared-back, considered design.