Casual Weekend Attire
A Beach House with Character
Perched up high overlooking Copacabana surf beach on the NSW central coast, its panoramic views coupled with a distinctly relaxed, holiday feel really give this home a uniquely Australian appeal. This impressive beachside home belongs to Jen Stumbles and Ben Kerr – owners of outdoor furniture retailer Eco Outdoor. This is my 'go-to' supplier for outdoor stone, paving and stylish outdoor furniture.
Together with their three young boys, Jen and Ben divide their time between this house in sleepy Copacabana, and a second home a little closer to Sydney. They bought the home in 2009, and first started renovating in 2010. It’s been a real a labour of love as they basically took the old house and gutted it completely. The layout was reconfigured and opened up to given every room an ocean view. The deck on the ocean side was also extended so they we maximise their outdoor living and entertaining.
Jen and Ben opted to leave all the ceiling joists exposed, using a very rough limewash on the ceiling and floor to lighten and brighten the space. The kitchen was rebuilt using reclaimed timber. Naturally a lot of thought went into creating the outdoor spaces and landscaping the garden. Scattered throughout are furniture pieces from the Eco Outdoor range that give it that extra 'beachy' vibe.
The thing I love about this beach house is that it has a down-to-earth feel about it. It looks relaxed and inviting and although it is full of fabulous designer pieces it remains casual and unpretentious.
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