Beach Apartment Before and After

I’m really excited to share these before and after photos with you today of a design job I recently completed for a friend of ours. He wanted a minimalist approach with fresh, crisp colours and an injection of character. I hope you love these Beach Apartment Before and After photos!

This apartment was always lovely simply because of where it is situated – high up on the Santorini cliffs in Ballito, with 180° views of the ocean below.

(I have since completed another sea view apartment for this client, take a look at Infinity Blue Beach Apartment)

A true whale and dolphin watching deck if ever I saw one!

Not to mention the perfect place to scout for waves if you’re the surfer type.

Here are the BEFORE photos to give you an idea of our jumping off point:

A little dated and a little bland – in need of a “face-lift” for sure!

But BOAT-LOADS of potential.

You will also love my House Update Series that I posted on our home build, go check it out!

For now though, back to the Beach Apartment Before and After interior decor:

After our first few consultations it was clear that Ryan wanted to keep things uncluttered, light and bright, with a few bursts of fresh colour that would compliment the magnificent sea views out of pretty much Every.Single.Window.

First stop – PAINT – my favourite.


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Just look at that morning light pouring in!

A fresh coat of white paint throughout the flat made an immediate impact.

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Then we added some colour to one feature wall in the sunroom, master bedroom and study in various shades of pale green and turquoise. Which served to link all the rooms together and create immediate cohesion.

We also painted a lot of his existing furniture, picture and mirror frames white to bring it back to life and avoid spending too much on new items – this was a “face-lift” after all, and not a total re-do.

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We also decided to paint all the interior doors white and replace the old door handles with contemporary black handles.

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To roll on from that idea…

We chose new black and antique-gold light fittings for the sunroom and very cute gold sconces for the guest bedroom. 

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As well as matt black fans for the master bedroom and study.

It was plain sailing from there for this Beach Apartment’s decor… 


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I adore choosing fabrics for soft furnishings and we had fun mixing and matching patterns and colours to give this apartment a fun yet very cohesive look and a relaxed beach-house feel.

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In the dining room and sunroom we chose white sheers to frame and soften the huge picture windows and glass sliding doors.


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How much do you love this GIANT cushion I had made for the master bed? It’s ideal for a holiday home, or for those who take exception to throwing on and off a million cushions morning and night. In other words – every man alive.

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Just one cushion on, one cushion off. No mess, no fuss. Thumbs UP.

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The final touches were the plants and accessories, bed-side lamps, wall art, towels and bath mats which pull the whole space together and make it feel that much more comfortable and inviting.


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Guest Bedroom 1: I found these beautiful vibrant orange cushions at last years Christmas Fair in Ballito.

They add so much pizazz to this quirky guest bedroom which was a bit dark, long and thin and maybe a tad awkward, but I think we managed to brighten it up and make it funky and fun!

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Guest Bedroom 2 was originally going to double as an office with a pull-out couch. When my client decided to holiday rent the apartment, we quickly re-purposed the headboard from Guest Bedroom 1, added some simple side tables, lamps, and attractive scatters with a striped textured throw.

The aim was to keep it simple and more masculine in case it ever needs to be turned into an office again.

If you scroll back to the top and take a look at the before pic of the guest shower room, it’s barely recognisable! I just love how it came together – it’s a small space but it packs a pretty punch now with its black, white and grey colour scheme.

I would totally have this guest bathroom in my own home! Love, love.


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The balcony was re-tiled, furniture stripped down (from faded black) and re-painted crisp white with new all-weather cushions made to fit the chairs nice and snug – it can get pretty windy out there some days!

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I’m thrilled with how this sea-side apartment turned out, and I can’t wait to do another project like this one!

Thanks for reading my Beach Apartment Before and After interior decor post!

Would you take on a fixer-upper beach apartment, how would you style it?

Let me know in the comments, I love hearing from you 🙂


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