Beach scenes brought inside this Bronte home

The living area’s statement piece is a generous bespoke sofa upholstered with a robust, wipe-down yellow fabric. Photo: domain杭州夜网 Take the floor, with a hand-woven wool Baker rug, 160 x 230cm, $485 from completepad杭州夜网m. Photo: domain杭州夜网

Capture a real retro feel with a macrame pot plant hanger made from knotted cord decorated with wooden beads, 700mm long, $24.95 fromblock5store.etsy杭州夜网m. Photo: domain杭州夜网

3,16 Pacific St, Bronte This simple, yet highly detailed Hagia indoor/outdoor coffee table designed by Kenneth Cobonpue, is made from nylon with a frosted glass top. Sized at 95cm in diameter x 40cm high, it’s $1921 from kezu杭州夜网 Photo: domain杭州夜网

The China Seas collection New Batik wallpaper from boutique US wallpaper and fabric brand Quadrille is high-impact, with its bold colourway of chocolate brown and navy on a creamy white background. Just perfect for a feature wall. From ascraft杭州夜网 TBC Photo: domain杭州夜网

Thonet No.18 barstools, custom-painted, complement the state-of-the art kitchen with its Corian benchtops at 3/16 Pacific St, Bronte. Photo: domain杭州夜网

The striking apartment block. Photo: domain杭州夜网

The charming courtyard at 3/16 Pacific St, Bronte. Photo: domain杭州夜网

A favourite artwork is Guan Wei’s acrylic-on-canvas painting from Martin Browne Contemporary. Photo: domain杭州夜网


3/16 Pacific Street

$4.5 million +

Bedrooms 3, bathrooms 2.5, parking 2

Built 2010

Inspect Thu and Sat, 10-10.30am

Auction August 15

Agent Phillips Pantzer Donnelley 0418 404337

A carefree, Palm Springs-cool vibe rocks the interiors of Amelia Hill and Andrew Salter’s two-level, sub-penthouse apartment.

Located in a minimalist building consisting of four apartments, the design by Smart Design Studio masterfully maximises the site’s panoramic views across Bronte Beach to Ben Buckler.

“Our new apartment was essentially a blank canvas and, with two young children, we wanted to introduce a bright, happy colour palette to complement the beachside setting,” Hill says.

“The open-plan living space has sliding glass ‘walls’ that transition the indoors with an outdoor terrace that we felt was reminiscent of the modernist architectural style of Palm Springs.”

Enter their friend, interior designer Bronwyn Poole of Touch Interiors who understood the glam, Palm Springs aesthetic from visits to the Californian desert city beloved of legendary Hollywood celebs. By working closely with the couple, she helped realise their vision.

The Dulux Whisper White (half-strength) walls were overlaid with luxe furniture – mostly bespoke – plus boldly-patterned soft furnishings in vibrantly playful colours and accent detailing.

“The hues are saturated to blend the outside in with turquoise, sea-green and orange used in harmony. But yellow was the defining, expressive colour,” Poole says.

To take best advantage of the large living space, Poole devised four distinct zones: besides the kitchen, there’s dining and living areas, plus a reading corner.

“It’s a beautiful place to read and soak in the view,” Hill says, adding that the Guan Wei painting hung alongside perfectly reflects the relaxed feel of Bronte Beach, just 150 metres away. “We love the whimsical beach scenes in his Play on the Beach series.”

Mirrors installed on the back dining room wall reflect the outlook, adding to the sophisticated, upbeat energy.

“It’s always summer in this apartment. The sun from the perfect north-east aspect combined with the limestone tiled floors, creates a beautiful natural warmth.”