Before & After: Tessa's Bondi Beach Transformation

Before & After: Tessa's Bondi Beach Transformation

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Name:
Tessa
Location:
Bondi Beach, Nsw,
Division:
International Owner
My room makeover::
I have a tendency to do everything at once, and this room transformation is no exception to that. In June this year I left my job to start up my own business (a social enterprise that helps vulnerable people access utilities at affordable prices), and at the same time decided to buy a beautiful but unrenovated 1920s apartment in Bondi Beach and embark on a complete renovation. As soon as I walked into this apartment, which is at the top of a hill and has a beautiful sweeping view of Bondi from the balcony, I could see that if I pulled the wall between the kitchen and living room down, natural light would pour in and the space would be a lot more useable. So that's what I did - the room has taken 6 weeks to get to this stage (including getting the floors sanded and polished and putting the new kitchen in, and it isn't quite finished yet (as you can see from the non-existent backsplash) but already it's light, bright and welcoming.
My makeover advice::
Expect it to take longer, be more expensive and create more mess than you expect! I was pretty blasé about it - my life philosophy tends to be "it can't be that hard" - but wow were there a few challenges along the way! But even in the stressful moments, keep sight of the vision because it is 100% worth it in the end.
What I love most about my new space::
I love sitting in my lounge room facing the kitchen with so much natural light coming in and a view straight through to the balcony, where I can see half of Bondi. It reminds me every day how lucky I am to live in this beautiful city.
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