Madelin Tomelty

Interior designer Simone Delaney of Public/Private transforms a dark and uninviting interior into a breezy Hamptons-style home with an unexpected, raw edge

There is something special about a white and blue interior. The combination of these two heavenly hues has a way of bringing the freshness of the surf and sand indoors, creating a sense of calm and peace in any space. For the owner of this North Narrabeen property, years of living with a dark and heavy interior had her desperate for a change that would better reflect her northern beaches locale. She called on interior designer, Simone Delaney from Public/ Private with a brief to overhaul her kitchen in the classic and elegant Hamptons style. What neither party knew at the time, was that what was meant to be a single-room renovation would turn into a full-blown residential resuscitation.

After Simone took the kitchen from dim and drab to fresh and open, the homeowner saw the light… literally. With its blue wooden panels and white cabinetry, the sun-filled space would become the style reference for the rest of the house, gradually transformed room by room. The finished product is a home in which its uplifting energy is as palpable as its fresh palette, and this was no accident, according to Simone. “The homeowner wanted the house to feel open and full of light again after the passing of a loved one,” explains Simone. “Now, she can open up the large French doors onto the surrounding verandah, and let the light and breeze flow through the whole home.”


Just Add Nature

With its two-toned interior, the house is quintessentially Hamptons – until it’s not. Because in as much as each room echoes the effortless and laid back glamour of the famous American holiday spot, it also transports you just down the road, to the natural, raw beauty of the Australian coast.

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