In January this year, I completed this quick turn-around ocean view apartment makeover. We made a minor structural change, replaced the flooring, revamped the bathrooms and completely overhauled the soft furnishings. Come see how “Infinity Blue Beach Apartment” turned out…
Which is why this job was such a pleasure!
We already knew how to work together, I know his taste and what sort of vibe he likes to create for his rental apartments…
Making this Infinity Blue Beach Apartment makeover an absolute breeze.
I am in love with how it turned out!
Here are a few BEFORE PICS I snapped of the open plan lounge, kitchen, dining area and patio:
The 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms looked much the same as the pics above – walls in need of a fresh coat of paint, old carpets a bit smelly from all the humidity, and bathrooms with yellowing, outdated tiles.
Infinity Blue Beach Apartment AFTER PICS:
We decided to paint all the walls a crisp white, bringing in some accent wall colours and keeping the light fittings and handles either black or gold.
Which created continuity as well as a nice contemporary feel.
The gorgeous new vinyl flooring runs throughout the entire flat, giving it good flow and making it feel bigger.
We chose the widest planks in an off-white with a pale grey vein. Just LOVE these floors.
I would definitely choose these floors for my own home if I had a beach house. They set the mood perfectly for that relaxed yet chic and airy vibe.
I was dead set on giving my client a rich blue accent wall in the living room. He wasn’t convinced.
So I said Okay, let’s go ahead and paint it, and if you hate it, it’s just one wall and can be painted over in no time, without much extra cost.
We did just that.
He still wasn’t sold, lol, so I managed to get him to wait until the cane chairs were recovered in a beautiful off-white textured upholstery fabric.
And the fresh, airy, white linen curtains were hung, and the assorted turquoise scatter cushions were in place.
Now he loves it.
I can’t tell you how happy I am that he kept this lively blue accent wall colour. I think it adds such a punch of character and really brings some life to the space.
It also draws the colour of the ocean from outside, inside, which is always a nifty trick.
I’ve been thrilled to hear that his rental clients adore the apartment and think it’s fresh and trendy.
In the dining room we took his existing furniture and refinished the tabletop to reveal this really beautiful hardwood.
And updated the look while keeping it beachy by painting the legs of the table and the chairs a medium-dark grey.
We had upholstered dining chair cushions made in a durable oatmeal, white and pale turquoise stripe which is so classic and will stand the test of time.
The kitchen was in surprisingly good nick. All we did here was remove the wooden beam that sat as a lintel above the kitchen island.
Removing this beam really opened up the space and made it feel SO much more spacious!
We also added new black handles to all the doors and drawers, a stunning black and clear glass pendant light and a co-ordinating wall sconce.
Two white and light wood sleek kitchen stools finish off the space and create a practical seating area for breakfasts and quick lunches.
These stools are also awesome when someone wants to sit and chat with the cook, glass of vino in hand. I find this to be when our kitchen stools are used the very most!
Moving on to the master bedroom. This room smelled of damp when we first started this job. It was kind of dark and depressing.
Now it’s fresh, comforting and luxurious.
I adore the wall sconces we chose for this room – it was a bit of a gamble, but they worked out beautifully.
The addition of the natural wood fame around the mirror adds a little softness to the room and works really well with the gold wall sconces.
If you’ve seen the Penthouse Apartment you will notice that my client chose the same giant cushion for both master bedrooms, that’s how much he loved it. I’m not usually a fan of repeating anything, but I must say, it works really well in both spaces.
We removed the old tiles from around the basin and replaced them with an off-white and pale grey veined marble look countertop, and a herringbone backsplash.
A sleek round mirror, new black fixtures and beautiful gold light fitting finish off this simple space. It’s always nice to have a plant or two in a bathroom to add some softness and life.
This was my wild card room. I wanted to keep all the walls white and bring in colour and fun just with the art and soft furnishings.
Bedroom 1 in Infinity Blue Beach Apartment came together really nicely.
You can’t go wrong with keeping things really simple, and then adding in layer by layer until you’re happy with the result.
After these photos were taken we decided to swap out the artwork above the beds for two prints of abstract mustard yellow leaves on white backgrounds, in white frames, one above each bed. It really brought the yellow lampshade to life and finished the space perfectly.
The guest bathroom was dated and very plain.
We decided to really spruce it up with a striking black and white backsplash, the same marble look countertop and black tap that we used in the master bathroom, with two sleek black framed mirrors and two gold sconces.
I always think a guest bathroom / powder room is an area you can really have fun with! And often turns out incredibly well.
This was always referred to as “the garden room” – the only room in the apartment with no sea view, instead a view of the estate gardens which are tropical and lush.
This room is not as bright as the others so keeping the decor light was important.
To give this space its own identity we painted the furniture a medium grey, and went for a very pale green accent wall, adding some fun scatter cushions with a colourful leaf print, and some vibrant yellow throws and lampshade.
The new black sconces tie in with the black and gold sconces in the living area.
We ended up with a really cozy, fun vibe in here, and I’m all for it!
What a stunningly gorgeous sea view this apartment has!
Not to mention quite a sizeable garden…as far as gardens go in front of beach flats.
We kept things simple out here so as not to overcrowd the space.
Just a black all-weather table and chairs that are comfortable enough not to need cushions (no hauling the cushions in and out with the wind and weather).
Simple, functional and good to look at.
Especially with rentals, the outdoor furniture should ideally be low maintenance.
Well, that’s it folks.
I hope you’ve enjoyed this post on Infinity Blue Beach Apartment, my latest Interior Design project.
I’ll have my next decor project coming your way very soon!
My husband and I are actually moving into a beach apartment ourselves next month. It’s a rental, but I’ll be sprucing it up as much as I can.
It will be home for the next 12 months or longer, so we might as well make it homey.
I’ll try to take some before pics and then share the transformation here on the blog.
Check back for that soon!
In the meantime you can check out all my other decor projects here.