22 December, 2014

Central Coast Beach House

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.

Melissah xox

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In Love With Summer Brights

 Shades of summer

Give your home and your wardrobe a fresh, fashionable and simply fabulous makeover with a good dose of crisp white and a smattering of colour popping accessories. There's nothing like a strong dose of colour to lift your spirits!

Melissah xox

Images via 1, 2, 3 moodboard by Coastal Style4, 5 collage by Coastal Style, 6

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21 December, 2014

A Finnish Style Cottage







01 – vanishing stripe knit //  02 – double cape knot bracelet  /№ 03 – le weekend de chanel // № 04 – sandwood seaside scarf // № 05 – boyfriend low-rise denim shorts // № 06 – nautical espadrilles // № 07 – // № 08 – downing tote in stripe leather // № 09 – uv essentiel complete // № 10 – beach fragrance // № 11 – grid dot underwire tank

This cute and simple cottage belongs to the Finnish owners of Mjölk, a Scandinavian design shop in Toronto. The original cottage was “musty, moldy, and stuck in the seventies” but an extensive renovation transformed it in a lovely summer home. The whole inspiration for this cottage was the “Finnish summer home”. We liked the idea of bringing back the cottage to it’s original state with natural pine floors, and simple practical furniture. We wanted the pieces we chose to furnish the cottage with to feel as if they had always been there.”This house would translate beautifully to a seaside village anywhere in the world!

Melissah xox

Source: via Remodalista, moodboard

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Island Hopping

Island Hopping

I would love to go back to the Greek Islands one day ~
not only is the scenery breathtaking
the sunshine endless
the locals friendly
but the food is delicious!

Melissah xox

Fashion One Season, Images via My Paridissi

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20 December, 2014

Natural Fibres







Add a little natural charm to your beach house with washed linens, tie dyed textiles, handwoven rugs, textured throws, and chunky knits. I am loving all the embellished details I am seeing on cushions, throws, drapes and bedding at the moment. Bedspreads and with pom poms and bedding with lace and crocheted trim adds

Melissah xox

Images via Toast, 2, 34, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11 moodboard by Coastal Style

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