Real Living (Australia) - - WANDER -

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.

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