award winning:

This luxury Gold Coast home boasts show-stopping interior design from Robertsons Furniture and Design's Interior Designer Zoe McDermott.
Zoe and her team have artfully combined luxury finishes with more than a touch of Hollywood glamour in this stunning Gold Coast home.

Senior interior designer Zoe McDermott and the team from Robertsons have outdone themselves with the fit out of this stunning Sanctuary Cove home.

Approached by a previous client to do the interior design of their new abode, the Robertsons team went into this project with a firm knowledge of the homeowner’s style and expectations – and boy, did they deliver.

The brief was for the home to be modern, and sophisticated, yet warm and inviting. It’s the kind of finished look Robertsons excel at, with their wealth of design talent and access to some of the finest high-end international designer pieces including a vast selection from companies including Century, Theodore Alexander, and Christopher Guy.

The home already had a generous layout, one which catered for large-scale entertaining but also had intimate lounge areas, and was quite the canvas to work with. Robertsons have enhanced and refined each of these spaces, injecting a more luxurious feel through the colour palette and tones – a base of whites and creams with warm chocolates and charcoals – and through the clever use of textures of the fabrics. The result is a neutral, timeless palette – one that would allow the client’s amazing art pieces to shine.

Located in a prestige estate set over three blocks, the home boasts beautiful, private bushland views. Multiple bi-fold doors 
open onto a vast patio area that invites the outside in; all of the main areas including 
the lounge, dining, kitchen, bar, and pool room are situated in one large area, and 
look out over the spectacular scenery.

While some of the client’s own furniture was brought over from their previous home, much of the new home’s features were custom-made or selected to suit the brief and cater to the designed layout. Robertsons used local suppliers for custom items such as upholstery, coffee tables, consoles, cushioning and soft furnishings, tailoring a genuinely bespoke design for the home.

A fabulous chandelier, in particular, is one of the most outstanding of these bespoke pieces, spanning seven metres by 1.8 metres in the entry – what the Robertsons designers term the “runway” – to the bar. These were custom made and designed, imported from overseas, and assembled and installed on site.

All of the joinery was custom-designed and manufactured locally, including the doors to the galleries and master ensuite and the classic open screens that act as a barrier between the main hallway and the sunken living space, kitchen, bar, cellar, bathrooms, and library.

Every inch of this home has a unique personality, thanks to the skilled interior designers at Robertsons – it’s a spacious, welcoming home filled with luxury furnishings, and luxury at its finest.


Article written by Queensland Homes

Photography Steve Ryan, Rix Ryan Photography

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Congratulations to robertsons own Zoe McDermott, The Interior Designer involved with DTL Construction - WINNERS of The Master Builders Queensland Housing & Construction Awards 2018

House of the Year 2018
Best Residential Bathroom 2018
Individual Home Over $3 Million 2018


In perfect unison, Tonie Robertson and the team at Robertsons Furniture & Design created a New York loft-style apartment in the heart of Brisbane’s trendy inner city suburb of Newstead for Mirvac's new Unison Apartments.

Many pieces throughout the apartment were designed by Robertsons and custom-made specifically for the space, including the stunning bedheads in all three bedrooms.

Making apartment spaces feel bigger is always a challenge, but Tonie and the Robertsons team overcame this with clever use of mirrors in the lounge, master bedroom and study area. Careful furniture choices also helped inject a sense of space. “It’s a fallacy that smaller furniture in smaller spaces works,” says Tonie. “It’s important to keep the integrity of the scale of furniture. The secret is selecting the right pieces. For example, chairs that have open sides and sofas that are not too high help create a sense of drama and scale without closing in the space.”

Specialty pieces like the imported zebra-grained timber dining table teamed with retro-style worn leather dining chairs adds to the New York feel. A key style element in the lounge and dining area is the handmade grassweave wallpaper, which brings warmth and texture to the room. And, as the lighting used throughout by Mirvac is purpose-designed to visually disappear while lighting the space, Robertsons introduced some simple architectural accent lighting pieces to make a style statement without being intrusive.

The master bedroom features an oversized paneled bedhead in a shimmery bronze fabric. The softly reflective finish allows it to bounce off the glamorous charcoal wall colour. Bedheads have been used as a design feature in the other bedrooms as well – the tangerine of the velvet bedhead in the second bedroom is echoed in the artwork, while a third bedroom has a textured, neutral linen fabric which gently lifts the deep charcoal wall.

Article written by Queensland Homes

Photography: John Downs