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Smiths Lake

Lake Haus

Tim Neve’s newest accommodation project based in Smiths Lake

Photography by Atelier Photography

Newcastle-based Interior Stylist, Tim Neve, does it again with the launch of his newest accommodation offering; Lake Haus.

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Known for his interior makeovers, his textile collection, and the Maryville-based design warehouse, Lake Haus sees his third accommodation offering hit the market, and this time, it’s bigger than ever.

“Unintentionally, I’ve become a ‘flipper’! I started with a small villa in Forster five years ago, sold that to create the Bay Haus at Nelson Bay, and in turn sold that to create the Lake Haus. Each ‘haus’ has got bigger and better – from the tiny retro 2-bedroom villa in a complex, the latest Lake Haus is an impressive freestanding two-storey, five-bedroom modern build home,” Tim shared.

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Having sold his latest project over at Nelson Bay in Port Stephens, Bay Haus, Tim set his sights on real estate all along the east coast of NSW before eventually landing on Smiths Lake.

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“The area of Pacific Palms is familiar to me and holds special memories holidaying at nearby Boomerang Beach as a kid on family holidays. Smiths Lake appealed for that bush meets the sea, total escape-vibe that I think people started to crave after lockdowns.”

Under a two-hour drive from Newcastle, landing in Smiths Lake is the perfect spot for a change of scenery without having to spend endless hours travelling to arrive at your destination.

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“Lake Haus stunned me with the quality of the existing finishes; polished concrete floors throughout, luxuriously proportioned open-plan spaces, and soaring architectural ceilings. The hard work was already done!

“So, I set about making cosmetic changes to create a new look, introducing an element of warmth in new materials like terracotta feature tiles, and timber tones throughout.”

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Investing in some visually high-impact, large-proportion statement pieces throughout the home, has truly completed that overall wow factor Tim seems to encapsulate in his accommodation projects. Working with a local stonemason, Lake Haus has a stunning feature wall made of organic stonework.

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Into the massive master bedroom, you’re treated to a real parents retreat complete with a walk-in-robe, double bathroom, and even a lounge room. But the real talking point is the entry featuring a custom-made modern barn door created by Feather’s Edge.

“In beautiful warm Tassie oak horizontal panels, it’s an impressive finishing touch that closes the space off from the rest of the home.”

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Of course, guests can expect to see a selection of Tim Neve’s textile range throughout the home including the Muse by Tim Neve hand-painted linen fibres as feature cushions in most rooms.

“I also added impressive floor to ceiling sheer curtains across the huge alfresco stacking doorway, which has softened the space immensely. I love mixing and matching bed linens to create my own schemes – the beds at Lake Haus feature quality Australian brands chosen for their textures and tactile organic features.”

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The iconic home in the centre of Smiths Lake welcomes you with architecturally stunning interiors with quality finishes throughout including polished concrete floors and soaring raked ceilings overhead. Natural light is prominent throughout with lake breezes floating through the property.

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“After the success of Bay Haus, I really wanted to build on all the elements people loved – the warm but neutral colour schemes, abundance of natural light, earthy textures, and organic shapes.

“I wanted to create a seamless look across all the rooms, whilst giving each space its own personality. I’ve achieved this with the introduction of some gorgeous Australian art; from Jai Vasicek, Bonnie Gray, and local artists Lauren Freestone and Xander Holliday.”

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The private retreat officially opened for bookings just before Christmas last year and have been basically booked up since! Whilst the space itself is utterly incredible, Tim takes that extra step and offers all those little treats that make your holiday that little bit extra special.

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“I love travelling and staying in boutique hotels. It’s all those special little elements I like to bring as a host; complimentary designer toiletries, Nespresso coffee pods, and sometimes even a chilled bottle of Veuve waiting for guests on arrival.”

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What are you waiting for? Get booking and enjoy a getaway at this relaxed coastal retreat created by unrivalled interior stylist, Tim Neve.