Seasoned stylist and author Tim Neve is a Novocastrian– which he tells us is what you call someone who hails from Newcastle, Australia. Not only did being a local aid in him being so prepared to design and style the interiors of The Beach Hotel (a revamped 1920s space that is now a local seaside-spot to catch shows, meet up for drinks, or to just eat and hang out with friends), his interior design book, Sandcastles, is all about the beauty of coastal-inspired interiors.
The Beach Hotel is an Art Deco landmark in the beach town of Newcastle, with panoramic views across the beautiful Merewether Beach, and Tim was clearly the perfect choice to create a space seeped in surf-culture and colorful nautical-inspired details. The unique commercial space, comprised of three-floors and nine common areas, project took three years to design and redevelop. While there were a few original items that had to stay in the redesign (like a pave mosaic floor and marble-topped bar) the owners of The Beach Hotel pretty much gave Tim free reign when it came to the design of the spaces– a rarity and opportunity for boundless creativity.
Tim infused the space with ample color and patterns, mixing the old with the new, and highlighting original features with vivid colors. He explains, “I wanted to do ‘coastal’ in the most modern way possible, but retain an element of history and heart.” We love his use of vintage props too, some of which came from as far away as the Hamptons. Tim best sums up what makes The Beach Hotel so special, “What makes the series of spaces truly unique, is the original art deco architecture and bold, contrasting paint choices have been used to highlight the organic forms of the curved ceilings, stepped cornices and statement columns throughout. It’s a lively play of antiquity meeting modernity, all wrapped up in a pleasing seaside execution.” What do you think? We’d certainly be happy to belly up to any of these colorful bars with some friends and that gorgeous view! -Rebekah
Above image: A feature wall of stylist Tim Neve’s ‘Alpha Delta’ wallpaper (inspired by vintage nautical signal flags) sets a geometric motif, which is replicated in the strong a-line forms of the furniture in the space, the herringbone wall tiles, and even a painted application to the front of the buffet drawers.