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Studio Highfield's stunning Central Coast venues

Makers and Creators
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Studio Highfield's stunning Central Coast venues

Makers and Creators

See the Coast by venue hopping some of Studio Highfield's best work. Pamper yourself surrounded by plush pinks and pretty pines, or tantalise your travel bug and sip cocktails in a space inspired by an exotic safari.

Photo opportunity: Each stunning location in the Highfield portfolio is designed to be a beautiful backdrop for visitor photos.

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Studio Highfield

Meet the creator: Xanthe Highfield

Working on the Central Coast, across Sydney and Newcastle, Studio Highfield is a small design and interiors business led by Xanthe Highfield. As a designer and stylist for over a decade, Xanthe understands great design invites new ways of experiencing the space around you. Her passion is to create functional, inspired spaces that bring people together - and then transport them somewhere else entirely.


Sounds on West

A home for smoked meats and local beers

Owners of both Sounds on West at Ettalong and Erina's tap room Six Strings Brewing wanted to extend their range of locally brewed beers into a restaurant space focused on smoked meats. Sounds on West is masculine in design, with an intimate warmth for evening sessions. The bar is handmade from hardwood timber, a vintage-industrial theme continued through distressed brickwork, low lighting, and brown leather upholstery. 


Woy Woy Fishermen's Wharf

A waterfront icon serving fresh seafood since '70s

Xanthe designed the modern-look Woy Woy Fishermen's Wharf in collaboration with the Cregan Clayton family, owners since 1974. The goal? To link the design with the natural surroundings (waterways and mangroves), and create an interior reflecting their fresh, simple produce. Check out the floor-to-ceiling windows showcasing the Brisbane Water, and the custom-made, four metre-long traditional indigenous fishing trap suspended from the restaurant ceiling.


Lyon's Den

A bar in the urban jungle of Gosford

More than your typical safari bar (if that's a thing yet), this space offers a touch of travel nostalgia. The glamour of old, solidly built hotel bars is set amidst a natural landscape featuring wildlife typical of an African savannah - including the namesake, a lion. Admire the faded pastels blended with the light timber tones and natural, textured fibres. This 'lion's den' is actually designed to be a playful, welcoming retreat, perfect for a sunset drink.


South End Social

An Amalfi coast inspired diner

Your visit to the south end of Gosford should include a stop at this fresh social haunt hiding among pristine, new office blocks and a Heritage-listed building. Built as part of a new development in Gosford CBD, South End Social was designed with the themes of the Australian coast meets the Amalfi coast. Featuring soft, modern finishes in a lush, contemporary setting, this diner and bar is a perfect addition to the burgeoning Central Coast food and drink scene.


Bar Botanica

A garden- to-plate philosophy and gelato café

Set in a quaint garden mud hut on the grounds of Erina's Distillery Botanica, this dreamy space is the brainchild of Dan and Julia from Mr Goaty Gelato. The gelato counter was designed to fit as an organic shape, seamlessly integrating into the curved building. Using natural materials and neutral tones, Studio Highfield's goal was to reflect the delicious garden-to-plate philosophy of the on-site menu, making visitors feel at one with the natural surroundings.


Glow Beauty Space

A stylish day space minus the whale music

An edgy, fun fit-out in a new development project at Wamberal. Glow Beauty Space is all about 'welcoming luxury', with haircuts, beauty treatments, pampering and even goodies from the nearby cafe. The design heroes warm, pastel pink tones set against brushed brass and Tasmanian oak. The custom-built counter is made by locals Loughlin Furniture, with salon artworks by Vicky Lee, both highlights of this luxe space.


The Joker and the Thief

A Mad Men meets INXS escapism experience

The Joker and the Thief at Terrigal was born of the idea that a bar offers the perfect moment of escapism. Located on a prominent beachside strip, this is the place to curb balmy evenings with cool ocean breezes and Champagne. The space sports contrasting patterns, deep marine hues, and minimal lighting to summon a balance of moody vs fun. With this striking design, it helps this place doesn’t take itself too seriously. 

@thejokerandthiefterrigal was designed in collaboration with Fabric Architecture

Motel Mezza

A trip back to the wealthy dairy era in the area

Motel Mezza, in historic Wyong (Previously Common Ground Wyong), is the sister venue of Pinocchio’s Wine Bar in Gosford. Based in a historic bank built in the 1920s, when dairy was a king industry here, the design includes wealthy status symbols such as brass, dark timber and marble finishes. The regal space harks back to patrons of yesteryear while offering new visitors that signature feeling of quality with a modern decor. 


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