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Relaxation and good times

This interior design brings a sense of lightness and relaxation to a holiday bach – the new Mid-century Modern feel evoking the beachy feel the owners desired

Designed by Natalie Du Bois, Du Bois Design

From the interior designer

My homeowners had always dreamed of having a modern updated interior for their coastal 1970s New Zealand bach.

They wanted the new interior to make them instantly feel like they were on holiday, where they could relax and enjoy good times on weekend breaks and holidays.

A few challenges to work around and consider were that the existing kitchen was dark and had a very low, sloped ceiling with an even lower structural beam running across the room. As part of the project, I raised this beam and concealed it in the ceiling cavity.

Another factor was that the rear deck was only accessible through the laundry, which meant it wasn’t being used as much.


My recommendation was to open the tight, u-shaped kitchen layout into a galley island configuration, as this would encourage more flow.

Plus, with an addition of large glass doors at the rear, the galley configuration would allow light to flood into the space from both the rear and front decks.

This home has beautiful, eastern sea views, which I felt really needed to be celebrated, so I re-oriented the kitchen to ensure whoever was working in the space would still get to see these views, plus have better interaction with family or guests.

The owners also wanted a large serving area on the seaward side of the kitchen island, which I cantilevered to provide comfortable seating for two.

A round timber table close by further encourages social interactions.

The owner requested a minimalist design with a mid-century feel, so I introduced a number of subtle design elements, such as the curves to the corners of the stone-clad island.

This was a painstaking process, whereby strips of stone were fused together with absolute accuracy, so minimal joins were visible.

I also specified heavily textured, bead-blasted wood grain cabinetry, which ties in with the predominance of light-grained timber in the rest of the bach.

Furniture pieces like the round dining table, sculptural dining chairs and the L-shape sofa – covered in stain proof fabric – were all specified to work in together.

As the kitchen island is on show from all angles, I included an additional working area with a 1800mm benchtop within the wall of cabinetry running along the back wall. 

While this work area can be hidden away behind bi-fold doors, while its timber veneer shelving and drawers with a Basalt Grey Neolith backsplash and benchtop ensure it looks good open or closed.

A minimalist, no-handles look was achieved for the cabinetry by including electric Blum servo-drive.

The only handles were bespoke handles for the heavier integrated fridges and pantry doors.

Four rubbish bin pull-outs mean recycling needs are addressed.

With a focus on timber throughout, the interior is lightened by the stone clad island and wall and ceilings in Resene half Rice Cake.

The slim black strip light above the island has random cap details with an almost bird-wing shape, echoing the beachy feel of this coastal home.

The laundry room is a multi-functional space which provides extra room for pantry/crockery storage, with an extra drink’s fridge for those times when the house is full of guests.

The overall result is an easy-to-work-in, holiday home interior that oozes the feeling of relaxation and good times.

Credit list

Interior design and kitchen design
Laundry tiles
Travertine finger tiles, from Tile Depot
Light fittings
Inlite
Dining table/chairs
Artisan and Goodform
Kitchen island benchtop and finish
Taj Mahal quartzite, from CDK stone
Kitchen appliances
Gaggenau
Bins
Hideaway Bins
Awards
Trends International Design Awards (TIDA) Homes – Highly Commended
Main flooring
Forte Timber throughout – plank in main living/kitchen and herringbone in laundry
Paint
Resene – Half Rice Cake walls
Living area furniture
Vintage, Simon James and Artisan
Timber cabinetry
NZ Panels oak with grey wash and wire brushed
Laundry benchtop and concealed workspace benchtop
Neolith benchtop, from CK Stone
Power system
Schneider switchgear, from Clipsal

Designed by: Du Bois Design

Story by: Trendsideas

Photography by: Belinda Merrie

13 Feb, 2022

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