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Best Practice Design Courtesy of Newcastle’s HABITAT


Though much of the focus of the recent $6 million revamp of Reflections Holiday Parks Seal Rocks has been on the unique exteriors of the parks’ six new cabins, it is also the inside that counts, with Newcastle-based Interior Design Firm, Habitat creating one-of-a-kind boutique interiors evoking the best of their surrounding natural environment. (Photocredit: Reflections Holiday Parks)

Habitat Managing Director Cassandra Anderson said she was excited to have been given the opportunity to be a part of the project, saying the firm was inspired by the incredible colours of the surrounding environment when working on the fit-out.

“The ability to add colour through upholstered pieces, custom cushions and artworks enabled us, as designers, to create an enjoyable space for people to enjoy their holidays, with timbers and other natural products also being essential in enhancing this experience,” Cassandra said.

“We also used traditional interior techniques such as layering and textures to create inviting spaces.”

Pictured above: The Habitat team. Pictured top: Reflections Holiday Park

Habitat worked with local manufacturers and suppliers in Newcastle to source products used in the project, including recycled furniture created by the Hunter’s leading supplier of recycled and reclaimed timber, Round 2 Timbers at Hamilton. Cassandra’s favourites are the cabin tables crafted from quality, well-seasoned Australian hardwood timbers sourced from local demolition projects, including the railings from Newcastle’s Nobbys Beach.

“We are proud to share a similar ethos of sustainable practices with our project partners and to have our furniture positioned in such a stunning natural environment,” said Round2 Timbers Owner, Mic Ritter.

“Naturally cured, recycled timber has great aesthetic appeal creating unique effects like wonderful depth of colour, definition and unique patterning.

“Recycled timber also has great structural integrity, strength and durability that is more stable and versatile than most new timber, and as a renewable resource, it helps preserve old-growth forests by reducing the need for virgin timber, so that’s a big tick for the environment.”

Each of the six cabins also features custom artworks by Newcastle artist Cheryl Cusick, with the unique paintings reflecting the local environment of Seal Rocks.

Reflections Holiday Parks CEO Steve Edmonds said the new cabins at Seal Rocks reflected the Parks refreshed positioning within the market and are an exemplar of modern architecture and interior design in general.

“We were extremely fortunate to have the expertise of Habitat involved in realising our vision for the park and I can’t thank Cassandra and her team enough for their commitment to the redevelopment,” he said.

More recently, Habitat re-partnered with Reflections Holiday Parks to be a part of the NSW Caravan Camping Holiday Supershow that took place at Rosehill Racecourse.

“We jumped at the chance to continue our work with the team again by providing furniture for their trade stand at the Supershow,” Cassandra said.

“Tasked with emulating the look and feel created for the Seal Rocks cabins we were excited to show what a regionally-based firm like Habitat can deliver. Being given the opportunity of showcasing our work to such a large audience was an amazing opportunity, and we enjoyed being involved.”

Not only is the Habitat team experts of their craft but they also brew an amazing coffee! For more information head to www.habitat.com.au

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