Hidden Oasis Apartment

The Objective:

This two bedroom, two bathroom apartment was looking very tired in beige tones and worn surfaces. A small enclosed courtyard at the rear of the apartment was an under-utilised treasure waiting to be discovered. The brief was to transform the apartment into an attractive modern light filled space that could accommodate two people as a couple or sharing occupants.

The Approach:

The apartment initially appeared small and dark with flat cream coloured walls and old carpet flooring. Fresh white paint was applied to three of the four living room walls and light coloured polished porcelain tiles replaced the carpet. This significantly increased the feeling of space as light. The feeling of contrast, interest and movement was created by adding striking diagonal black lines in the hanging light and rug. The fourth wall was painted a warmer beige and brought an element of warmth and calmness to the striking room. A narrow bench was placed along the back of the lounge seat. This created a discrete workspace by adding two smal stools which have diagonal legs to compliment the other diagonal elements. The internal bathrooms were completely rebuilt with full height porcelain tiles and granite bench top cabinetry creating a luxurious finish and additional storage.

The rear external courtyard was completely enclosed with high large overgrown garden beds. The centre garden bed was transformed into a deep daybed/bench seat with bright primary coloured cushions and mats creating a private, comfortable retreat. The modern industrial feel furniture adds a young resort feel to the significantly increased space, perfect for a casual dining and entertaining.