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Interior designer Pamela Makin has a gift for taking the minimalist foundations of a house and through her clever choices of luxury modern furniture and unique primitive elements; turning the space into a textural home, full of character.


Her own home, on Sydney’s Northern Beaches was original purchased by her parents in the 1960’s. A beach shack at its core, the home has gone through an incredible transformation to become the white washed open plan sanctuary it is today.

The home in Bungan Beach has the foundations you would expect from a coastal house. The interior walls and floors are all painted white; the open plan living is bordered by floor to ceiling glass showing off the incredible coastal views. The designer furniture throughout is carefully chosen with large contemporary pieces such as the sofa and dining table; accented by eclectic timber tables and black timber armchairs. In every direction there is another piece of art and another piece of greenery.

What Makin is renowned for however is adding the unexpected to the expected. Her approach is to look at each project individually and to create a look completely unique from other design aesthetics.

What Makin is renowned for however is adding the unexpected to the expected. Her approach is to look at each project individually and to create a look completely unique from other design aesthetics.

There are so many additions to this home that we could put into the unexpected category. There are no internal doors in the entire home; her native tribal artefacts are sourced and placed with an expert hand. The abundance of wicker accessories provide a beautiful and soft link to the home’s beach shack days.

 

The favourite and most discussed piece in the house however is the huge hollowed out Mahogany tree trunk in the middle of the living space. Discovered on the side of the road and crafted into its current state by Makin’s husband Reg Byrne, the trunk’s natural colours compliment the black, wicker and white palette. Concealing a ceiling support the trunk adds a textural element to the space that elevates everything surrounding it.  

"Interior design is like doing a jigsaw puzzle. I usually start with one piece, say a fabulous lamp, it talks to me and then I start to build a story around it."

Pamela Makin

There are so many additions to this home that we could put into this category. There are no internal doors in the entire home; her native tribal artefacts are sourced and placed with an expert hand. The abundance of wicker accessories provide a beautiful and soft link to the home’s beach shack days.

 

The favourite and most discussed piece in the house however is the huge hollowed out Mahogany tree trunk in the middle of the living space. Discovered on the side of the road and crafted into its current state by Makin’s husband Reg Byrne, the trunk’s natural colours compliment the black, wicker and white palette. Concealing a ceiling support the trunk adds a textural element to the space that elevates everything surrounding it.  

"Interior design is like doing a jigsaw puzzle. I usually start with one piece, say a fabulous lamp, it talks to me and then I start to build a story around it."

Pamela Makin

The whitewashed tallow wood floors provide a mirror like surface allowing the luxury modern furniture to shine. Makin has chosen pieces, sticking to the palette of white with black accents, that give the rooms space to breathe. A final flourish of lush, fresh greenery in every room completes the truly restorative feeling of this home.

 

A luxurious sanctuary, with the perfect blend of modern and vintage finishes; Makin has saved some of her best work for her own little piece of tranquillity.

Design | Pamela Makin
Photography | Nicholas Watts & Felix Forest

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1 comment


  • kharisma jati

    Amazing design home and furniture decoration. Simple, Clean and Elegant, You have amazing job.
    thanks for share your taste of home and furniture designing.
    Best Regards

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