Best of est | Coastal Homes

  • We head to the beach to revisit five very different coastal homes that caught our eye – and yours – for another look. Each is strikingly unique, beautifully designed and expertly executed; perhaps one will even inspire your own coastal home project…

    Spaces of Calm with Pamela Makin | est living

    The Bungan Beach home of designer and Les Interieurs owner Pamela Makin is like no other coastal home we’ve seen. Eschewing convention in palette, fitout and aesthetic, Makin has curated a space that truly reflects and responds to its environment, making for a calming and restorative space. After all, when you have views like this, why bother crowding them?

    Photography by Felix Forest

    It’s one thing to get a glimpse inside the Ocean House but it’s another thing entirely to stay at the seaside abode. The est team were lucky enough to take a trip down the infamous Great Ocean Road and immerse ourselves in all the calming retreat had to offer. Be it the second-to-none views, sumptuous interior details or the sound of waves crashing as you sleep, RMA’s Ocean House is a design refuge hard to beat when you’re looking to get away from it all.

    Photography by Caitlin Mills

    Ocean House by Rob Mills | est living

    Had you asked us where we’d find our favourite coastal homes at the beginning of this year, we doubt Poland would have been on the list. But after coming across this light, bright and breezy coastal home from local studio Loft Kolasinski, Miedzyzdroje is now firmly on our ‘must visit’ list. By stripping the villa back to its original 1920s foundations and updating it with whitewashed brick walls and timber flooring, the studio have created a space that feels akin to the Mediterranean, yet has its own eclectic identity.

    Photography by Karolina Bak

    Polish Holiday Apartment by Loft Kolasinski | est living

    Mim Design give us plenty to admire in this family holiday home on the Mornington Peninsula – but we have to admit it’s all about the material palette for us. The soft palette of grey, pebble, ivory, pumice and black plays out across the interiors, deftly matched with textural finishes such as super soft knotted wool carpets, slatted timber wall panels and veneer shelving, powder-coated door handles and oh-so-smooth stone benchtops.  Almost too nice to share with the little ones, we think!

    Photography by Sharyn Cairns


    Designed by Madeleine Blanchfield Architects, this Clovelly home took inspiration from an unlikely source -specifically a lithograph print owned by the residents. With creativity and craftsmanship, the design not only subtly evokes the artwork but expresses it in tandem with the surrounds; embracing the ocean views, opening up canopies to draw in more light and, just like the artwork, offering a deeply personal reflection of the owners themselves.

    Photography by Prue Ruscoe

    Clovelly House by Madeleine Blanchfield Architects | architecture | est living

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