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Understated luxury

Achieving understated elegance inside this beachfront penthouse apartment in Newcastle was the prime objective for Coco Republic’s Senior Interior Designer Natasha Levak.

Drawing inspiration from the wild oceanscape outside, the interior design scheme features soft blues and neutral sand colours, with textures and finishes in natural wood, grass and stone.

In contrast to these cool elements, situated as the centrepiece of the sitting room, is the EcoSmart Fire 1200SS, designed to add warmth and an undeniable sense of comfort to the space.

“The apartments are situated in such an incredible location, so it was vital that the design scheme sat in harmony with the view outside,” says Natasha. “The interiors are designed to reflect the contemporary building design and to bring to life the natural colours of the beachfront vista.

“EcoSmart was chosen due to the minimal service requirements for the unit to run – no gas or flu outlet required. That particular burner, with its long and low design, was installed in order to create a feature along what was a blank empty wall prior. Creating the fireplace chimney frame in gyprock and installing the firebox meant that symmetry and balance was also introduced, allowing the lounge room furniture to sit comfortably around it.”

The natural textures of the faux timber wallpaper covering the focal wall and custom-made cabinetry are enhanced by the natural light entering the room through the floor to ceiling glass doors, opening on to a beachfront balcony.

The modern finish on the 2-PAC satin Polyurethane on the cabinetry complements the contemporary design of the EcoSmart firebox and burner and provides contrast to the rough, grainy texture of the timber wallpaper. And the soft look and feel of the furnishings speaks of ultimate comfort, while still maintaining a contemporary sophistication.

"With an emphasis on sophisticated, relaxed living, we have created understated luxury in these absolute beachfront apartments."

Natasha Levak, Coco Republic