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A coastal cottage makeover

Tuesday, July 17th 2018

Return to the Powder Room

This week, we’re headed to Noosa, where a well-loved 1980s house has been renovated into a breezy, light and effortlessly modern beachside retreat. In the bathrooms: a refreshing mix of black, white, timber and coastal touches.

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This 1980s beach-side cottage renovation is a house of dreams. Given a sophisticated new look by the talented Maria Baron of Black and White Projects, the cottage bathroom has an effortless palette of smart black, white, timber and mint.

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With a focus on black and white throughout the cottage’s interior, it was only natural that Maria went for the beautiful matte black products from the Milli and Mizu ranges to keep the home consistent. Maria wanted the ensuite to have a ‘minimalist high-end feel’, so she chose the Milli Pure Progressive Wall Basin Mixer.

“The clean lines of Milli Pure go so well with the white herringbone tiles”, Maria said. “It is the perfect accent for our monochromatic, coastal theme.”

Making the most of Parakeet Cottage’s location (just a stone’s throw from Noosa National Park), Maria chose a custom floating Australian hardwood shelf as a vanity, topped with a Roca Inspira Soft Vessel Basin made with FINECERAMIC® for a tranquil day spa look. A striking Mizu Drift Twin Waterrail Shower completes the ensuite – the perfect addition to wash away the sea and sand.

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Parakeet Cottage was designed as a holiday home (find it on AirBnB), and as such, the main bathroom had to be both attractive and highly durable. Following on from the bold statement look of the ensuite, In the main bathroom Maria chose a white hexagon tile for the floor, with white subway tiles for the wall. 

“I chose black grout to give it design interest while also keeping it airy, clean, crisp and spacious”, Maria said. “This is perfect for a family bathroom setting, and also as a high traffic main bathroom.”

The Mizu range (tapware and robe hooks) in matte black was chosen for its stylishness and durability, along with the beautiful Posh Solus Freestanding Bath and a round wood framed mirror (try the ISSY Z1 Round Mirror for a similar look). The antique console Maria found while vintage shopping was re-purposed into a vanity, set expertly with the Roca Inspira Soft Vessel Basin and decorated with greenery and natural accents.

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“We wanted to give Parakeet Cottage a real personality; something bold and timeless”, Maria said. 

Sharing her top tips for a bathroom renovation project, she said:

Create a mood board: Having a clear direction, keeping things simple and sticking to a style is paramount to keeping your project on track. A mood board (and one style!) is important because you can show it to your contractors to ensure that everyone is on the same page.

Get your floorplan right: If you’re planning a major layout shape up, get your plumber in early to see what is easy to move and what isn’t. Also, make sure your bathroom layout suits your lifestyle.

Use tiles for interest: When it comes to colours and patterns, tiling is the best way to achieve high impact in a bathroom renovation. Our top tiling tip is to use a floor tile and run that up your feature wall. This makes the room feel a lot bigger than what it actually is. 

Parakeet Cottage is now on AirBNB, so why not whip away for a cosy retreat and find your zen are see the bathrooms in real life!

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See more images of the Main Bathroom and Ensuite or to plan starting planning your own bathroom renovation, check out our handy Bathroom Renovation Guide and 3D Planner.

Image credits: Black and White Projects with photography by Rikki Lancaster


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