A Mediterranean-inspired Oasis Refreshed With Subtle Modern Touches
Posted: 03 April 2023
Kotahi House has been designed to create spaces that intentionally both captivate and lay dormant when brands utilise the space to showcase their products. The carefully curated space has a calming quality, with each layout thoughtfully put together to be inviting while providing a fresh, clean, structured backdrop.
We invite you to step into Kotahi House with our tour guide for today, Nadia Harrison.
A cursory peek at Kotahi House will give a sense of the home's minimalist Mediterranean and airy style. A second glance will nod to the masterful detailing, offering the ideal creative space for designers, brands and artists to utilise for editorial shoots and to artfully display their products. While visiting the beautiful home on the Gold Coast, Queensland, we were lucky enough to capture our latest French Flax Linen Bedding shade, Jade.
Kotahi House has been designed to create spaces that intentionally both captivate and lay dormant when brands utilise the space to showcase their products. The carefully curated space has a calming quality, with each layout thoughtfully put together to be inviting while providing a fresh, clean, structured backdrop. With plenty of natural light, allowing for effortless photoshoots, Kotahi House has been carefully crafted to be captured.
We talk to Nadia about her favourite nooks and furniture pieces, her sleep routine as well as her favourite spots on the Gold Coast. But first, let's take a tour of the pristine Kotahi House and all it has to offer. Remember that pieces can be moved around and arranged to suit the style of the guest.
Inside Kotahi House
Featuring a niche wall feature ideal for product placement with a combination of arches and rectangular spaces, the sunroom is a crowd favourite for capturing the winning shot. With rectangular wall indents that mimic high-end gallery frames, Kotahi House's living room offers an extraordinary take on a clean white space.
The breath-taking outdoor space is an idyllic setting for poolside photoshoots galore. On the pool deck, you will find a custom arch-rendered feature wall, an Instagram favourite and, for apparent reasons, prime lighting + rendered spaces for product placement; it's a visual dream. Read more about Nadia's space and organising a photoshoot here. Now, let’s hear from Nadia about how her space came together.
In discussion with Nadia…
Q: What is your favourite nook in your home?
A: Right now would be around the back courtyard, it's our newest reno feature, and I just absolutely love sitting out there with a cuppa tea in the mornings! I do also love the soft light in our lounge rooms in the afternoons. It's super dreamy!
"It's a mix of Modern Euro/Mediterranean. We have a lot of details like beautiful mouldings, woodwork and French panelling throughout our home. We have also incorporated some niches, tall rendered fencing and styled with Italian-inspired furniture."
- Nadia on how she would describe her interior style.
Q: What are some of your favourite furniture pieces in your home?
A: My dining table! I was so lucky to source it from a beautiful old Italian couple who couldn't speak English. It's Travertine Marble and has the most incredible detail on it. Underneath, its stamped "made in Italy", so I know it's an authentic piece and most definitely a statement in our home.
Q: You live on the Gold Coast. Can you share with our readers your favourite aspects of where you live?
A: Day trip — I have three kids, so I always look for places that are kid friendly! We love The Farm just outside Byron Bay (approx. 45 mins from us), but more locally, Tallebudgera Creek is always a great spot! The kids can swim, and it's within walking distance for coffee or a stroll around Burleigh Head National Park for ice cream on James Street.
Wine bar/restaurant — Currently, we love The Malibu in Burleigh. It's a new little hot spot and has super cute interiors! It gives me the Euro vibes, for sure!
Place to see the sunset — Mount Tamborine has an incredible spot on the cliff where you can sit, sip some wine and watch the sun go down.
"1950s for sure; I find inspiration from the mixture of Japandi & Scandi styles from the 1950s - the wabi-sabi style. I love minimalistic, simple & classic. I travelled to Japan in 2019 and loved the interiors of the places we stayed; they were super classic and simple."
- Q: From a design perspective, if you could go back in time, what era would it be and why?
Q: We believe that if you sleep well, you live well. What does your wind-down routine look like (or one you aim to try and commit to when you can!)?
A: I try to aim to have the kids in bed by 7.30 pm. I love to sit in my own peace before bed to be honest; I reflect on my day and practice mindfulness or do some breathwork. Once the kids are in bed, - I make a cup of Moon Milk by Naked Harvest every night; it's my sleep tea I cannot go without! I have a sweet tooth, and this hits the spot (without the chocolate and biccies I was so used to having!) I have such a great sleep after it too! I aim to get 7 hours of sleep every night.
Get the Mediterranean-minimalist look in your home
The minimalist style that can be found within the walls of Nadia's space is a style of minimalism that’s here to stay. While Nadia’s space is minimalist in design, it’s also a space that with its simple foundation invites colour and surprising elements to easily fit in. With maximalist home interiors continuing to be all the rage this year, Nadia's space teaches us the formula for creating a simple space for a maximalist piece to sit in and be showcased in the way it deserves.