The Barefoot Bay Cottage is the first holiday house to be designed and built for boutique accommodation business, Barefoot Escapes. Working with many of The Designory’s favourite brands, it has been designed with an overriding luxe Australian coastal style synonymous with Sydney based team. The newly renovated three bedroom cottage is a north facing home which has been designed to capture the sun and the cooling summer breeze. Inside, the home is light-filled, open plan and imbues instant calm with a luxe palette of coastal and hinterland tones. The contemporary styling includes layering of earthy, tribal and natural textures throughout providing a sense of cohesiveness and instant tranquillity allowing guests to prioritise rest and rejuvenation.
The cottage features open plan living, dining and kitchen areas, three spacious and beautifully furnished bedrooms along with two resort-style bathrooms and a luxurious outdoor bath. The home has been designed with reconnecting with family and friends at it’s core. The outdoor spaces are perfectly positioned to maximise the coveted beautiful year-round Byron Bay climate. The large covered entertaining spaces offer oversized built in bench seating, multiple lounges, hanging chairs, a 10-seat outdoor dining table, plus an outdoor bath tub and shower. It’s the perfect place to cool off in the stunning in-ground plunge style swimming pool, take the bikes for a ride around town or just relax with a book in the sun-drenched sitting room.
The brief was to create a unique house with the luxuries of “holidays” but all of the functionality and detail of a design-led home. The completed house needed to be able to be enjoyed regularly by the owners and their family but also be financially self-sustaining by sharing it with others via the owners newly created boutique accommodation business, Barefoot Escapes. We needed to create a space that delivered all of the sense of luxury the owners could imagine but in a pared-back way creating a true home away from home where the family, and guests, could disconnect to reconnect.
The home is filled with a repeated layering of tonal colour from the front fence to the back fence! A luxe palette of fresh white, sage greens, deep navy and concrete grey tones was carried throughout finishes, detailing, artworks and decorating. We worked hard to find just the right shades of each to enhance the cohesiveness of the space and the overall calming experience of the home.

Designer: Melissa Bonney | Photographer: Jessie & Jones & Property Shot