This traditional 1950’s Californian bungalow located in Sydney’s eastern beachside suburb of Maroubra, is the home of interior designer Hellen Pappas and her young family. Having taken on the project with the added pressure of a tight deadline to adhere to, in true professional style Pappas finished the project just in time for the birth of her new born son.
“Designing and building the house whilst pregnant was lots of fun,” explains the unflappable designer. Refreshingly, the mere mortals amongst you may be glad to hear that it was not all beers and skittles for even this accomplished designer. “For me the most challenging aspect was deciding on which tile, stone, or dining chair to choose due to the endless options available!” assures Pappas.
The complete redesign of the entire interior space, together with the furniture selection drew design references from the surrounding beachside location. The resulting colour palette successfully captures the light and shade of the ocean together with the mixed textures of both sand and rock to create an aesthetic that is as laid back and relaxed as it is moody..
Having worked with renown interior design firms, Bates Smart, and more recently, Hare Klein, Pappas took the courageous step of starting her very own design studio earlier this year with the launch of H Interior Design.
Finding a niche in designing for the high-end residential market, H Interior Design sees the designer combine her years of industry experience to create a ‘timeless, relaxed, natural and lived in interior’ with an emphasis on functionality for modern day living.
Flynn dining table from Jardan, Gervasoni Gray 23 chair, frame in natural lacquered American Walnut from Anibou, Potter pendant lights above bench from Anchor Ceramics, Scraplights by Graypants pendant from ECC Lighting, About A Stool by Hay at Cult.
“Cotton Fluff” by Conchita Carambano from Graphis Gallery
Above: Hands #2 by Sophia Szialagyi from Otomys.
PHOTOGRAPHER: Francoise Baudet
As the daughter of two architects, Sydney based architecture and interiors photographer, Francoise Baudet has naturally developed a strong appreciation for design and the way in which it interplays with both nature and lifestyle. Working along side leading Sydney stylists and up-and-coming designers, Baudet’s work has gone on to feature in some of Australia’s leading design and lifestyle magazines.