Inspiration: Interior styling for the Cove

It's been an exciting time at apg homes, with our latest display home - the cove - unveiled to the public recently. One look at this charming coastal home and you'll instantly be thinking Hamptons chic!

Many people have asked us about the beautiful interiors of the home, so we thought it would be good to share the inspiration and interior decor story with you.

We reached out to Noelle O'Riordan, Senior Interior Designer in the ABN Group, who was one of the creative minds involved in making the cove look so effortlessly beachy-glam. 

"I designed the concept for the Cove display in 2014 and have enjoyed finally bringing it all together this month," said Noelle, who has over a decade of experience working in styling homes. 

Read on to learn Noelle's top interior styling tips for achieving this look. 

 Home is where the Hamptons heart is 

"The Hamptons look has become very fashionable in recent years in the Western Australian market, unsurprisingly, given the coastal lifestyle enjoyed in Perth," commented Noelle.


We imagine that Emily Thorne, famous character in the Hamptons-based television series Revenge, would strongly approve of this new trend in Australia! 

As with any style, there are some elements that make it unique and become hallmarks of it. Colour is a big part of this, and Noelle recommends using a robust palette of blacks, grey and warm timber to bring the Hamptons heart home.

"Panelling is a strong feature in Hampton styling. Incorporating charcoal and timber panelling using wallpaper, provided the framework to create a unique backdrop for the classic Hamptons styling," explained Noelle. 

"The introduction of black metal elements in feature lighting and furniture reinforced this. It is balanced by lots of warm whites and textural linen fabric."

This lovely combination of soft white neutral tones and dark metallic accents firmly brings the cove into a contemporary time, exuding an elegance worthy of Hamptons socialites. 

"Look for clean white pieces to balance the darker elements and use plenty of natural textures and fabric," recommends Noelle. For example, the downstairs movie theatre has black panelled wallpaper with a big white couch to match the white window shutters. Rustic timber pieces also create a warm comfortable feeling.

Family fun

In addition to this iconic Hamptons look, the cove is designed with intelligence to cleverly use space for optimum family time. The floor plan is very family orientated with a large activity room centred in the upstairs area surrounded by the bedrooms.

In true Hamptons style, the activity room has a long window seat so the kids can play in the Perth sunshine, and you can lay back and read a book to them with the soft breeze floating in. 

"The activity room serves perfectly as a large play area for younger children that can transform into a separate area for teens as the family matures. It can be used as a study area or simply where older teens can get some private space with their friends," added Noelle. 

Plenty of room at the hotel cove, such a lovely place

"The main bedroom in the cove emulates a hotel suite complete with generous walk in robes, indulgent ensuite with feature lighting and a private balcony," gushed Noelle.

Imagine coming home from a long day at work and just relaxing in your hotel-quality master bedroom! The other three bedrooms are also decked out to the nines in the cove display, styled to be for a teenage boy and girl each and the third as a guest room. All of them have double beds included to showcase just how spacious each room is.

Noelle's team also put DIY skills and artistic talent to good use while styling these bedrooms by installing a a shelf above the bed instead of a bedhead. This is made from old skirting boards and a block of jarrah bought for $5 from a salvage yard. The old bedside unit in the guest room is another junk-shop find that is missing a door, which adds the unique quality. In the girl's bedroom, a ladder is used instead of a standard bedside table.

Quality living spaces 

The open plan lounge is great for entertaining, and the cove display shows this by having alfresco dining tables looking out to the Hamptons styled pergola in the garden. Downstairs boasts a large movie theatre with a perfect sound barrier for movie marathons.