When tasked with transforming a tired rental for sale, interior designer and stylist Laura Downie, of Studio 1 Interiors, used a combination of black accents, soft timbers and fresh linens to create a relaxed, contemporary coastal feel.
“The brief was all about getting the house market-ready for sale following the departure of the rental tenants. While renovated fairly recently, it was looking a little tired and worn in places,” says Laura who referenced the home’s Bondi locale by mounting a beautiful wooden surfboard on the wall. “The surfboard and several framed prints by a local photographer will help sell the lifestyle to the lucky new owners,” says Laura.
Of particular note, is the bold dark paint colour that was applied to the home’s exterior – a move that greatly increased the home’s kerb-side appeal. “Following a colour consultation with the client, we agreed to paint the exterior of the home in a bold but contemporary colour to create impact. Importantly, the colour matched the adjoining neighbours’ house and it really made those cedar slats a feature!” says Laura, whose advice paid off. “The owner had people knocking on the door making offers before the paint was even dry! So many people in the local area commented on it and the real estate agent feels the colour alone will add significant value to the sale price.”
The home was furnished with items from a range of suppliers including many local ones. “Sourcing locally is super important to me and I used several Sydney suppliers for the creation of a couple of bespoke furniture pieces and photography for this project. It created a unique, styled space that embraces the Bondi lifestyle.”
As for the sale of the home – prospective buyers will have to wait a while before snapping it up. “The owner loved the transformation so much that he has decided to live in the home for a while before selling,” says Laura.
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