Torquay Home | Featured on The Local Project

Torquay Home | Featured on The Local Project

Feb 08, 2024

Planned Living Architects latest residential home was recently featured on the The Local Project. Infused with rich tones, bold linear attributes and a relaxed feel with timber elements and stone walls. 

We recently caught up with Interior Decorator and Stylist Bea Lambos. Drawing on materiality and indoor-outdoor connections, hear how Bea brought this space to life in our interview below. 

All photography by Dave Kulesza. 


What’s your professional background, and how has it influenced your work today?

I have been many things in my life pre Bea + Co.  Interior Decoration and styling has bubbled in the background of every other type of employment that I have dabbled in. 
Even my years as a Nanny in my late teens and early twenties, I was fortunate to work in many beautiful homes in and around Melbourne that had been touched by a Decorator or Designer. I still dream about that master bedroom with pleated white fabric walls and the children’s rooms in this same house featuring a different colour carpet in each one – think gold, mauve and marine blue ! This time has definitely led me to my current obsession with colour! 


Are interiors your obsession as well as your profession?

I’d be lying if I said no. But the idea of living, eating and breathing your work is so 
unashamedly true for me. Restaurant choice, hotel bookings, cars I dream about, clothes  I buy, books I read – they all somehow feed back to my work in  some way or another. I like to think of it as more of a direction rather than an obsession! It is hard to turn off when you look at the world through creative eyes but I think I’d rather embrace the beauty and let it weave into my life and then on to those around me. 


We recently worked together styling the Torquay home – what’s  your creative process when you start working on a brief?

With any shoot or new decorating client, the approach is always the same. First I listen. A part of this is getting a feel for what the client or brand wants  to see at the other end, how they want the spaces to feel and what  part of the space, product or project makes them so happy that they want to share it with the world!

Then the next step involves me being in the space or having the product in my hands. Scale, materiality and composition are super  important to get a feel of before I can open the tabs in my brain  and get creative with what I think is needed to meet the clients 
brief. To me it’s the same whether it’s an architecturally designed  home to style or a bedlinen brand to shoot on location – I need to get a feel for what I’m working with to get the creativity flowing.


Talk us through how you made furniture selects for the Torquay  home? 
The Torquay home is a super special one. Gorgeous finishes, generous rooms and a beautiful palette. After a walk through on site and a wander through the GW showroom, I do what I would normally do with a home with many spaces to style, and I break up the brief into room by room. 

In this shoot, there was the consideration for the existing finishes and fixtures, including lighting, flooring and wall colour and the most important thing, scale. The furniture chosen needed to be ample without being too big for the cabinetry, shelving and pendant placement, but also not too small that it looked out of scale with the features that we couldn’t move. The other importance for this home was adding curves to the 
already square rooms and spaces. I felt that the furniture would pop when it was shaped differently to it’s surroundings.


What are three styling tips when styling a home of this scale  style?

  1. Ensure that furniture chosen suits the feel of the home – in 
    this case we wanted it to be beachy but still structured, and
    unfussy. Think about the occupants and how they want to really 
    live in each room and plan accordingly. 

  2. Don’t forget to add a great rug to all of your living spaces. 
    Not only do they define the space and link furniture when a 
    room is large, they also provide a soft spot for feet, 
    children and pets. Cosy is still important even though the 
    climate or orientation screams beach.

  3. Mix up your colours and tones – there is no rules to say that 
    a beach house should only be blue and white!


 What’s your dream project?
A home that is a clever mix of old and new, layered in art, sculpture and materiality with a client who offers an open budget  and brief. Surely my dreams will come true this year?!

Where can people learn more about you?
A new website and branding are in my 2024 sights so the best place to really get a feel for what I dig and where I find it is on my 

Instagram - @beaandcostyle

Pictured: Mauritius Island Sofa Chair, Fleur Sofa Chair| Dave Kulesza Photography





Where can people learn more about you?
A new website and branding are in my 2024 sights so the best place to really get a feel for what I dig and where I find it is on my 


Instagram - @beaandcostyle





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