13 January, 2013

Inspiration For My Beach House





This Avalon (Sydney) beach house discovered over at Desire Empire is full of great ideas and inspiration for my new beach house. I am busily scouring blogs, pinterest and my hordes of magazines formulating ideas. However, I have come across two major obstacles a ridiculously tight budget and a very particular (fussy) husband!

Being a surfer, 3D designer and a landscape architect - he has very particular ideas about what he likes - so far his brief is :- nothing rustic, industrial, vintage, shabby chic, asian or ethnic .... mmm tricky - that's a mix of everything I had planned! That leaves me with modern and 'surfey'. Anyway, we have come to a very happy compromise ~ modern sofas combined with white washed floorboards and bleached rustic furniture that is a mix of antique Chinese and provincial. We will hang one or two of his vintage surfboards for that extra 'beachy' feel. I think it's a really fresh, new look which I'm very excited about. We spent the day shopping last weekend and we saw a lot of this chalked, bleached look in my favourite coastal shops so we are both feeling pretty confident that it will look amazing. 

Sadly, new furniture for the bedrooms and studio / office will have to wait 'til further down the track due to budget blowouts. The 3 bathrooms will also have to wait until next summer so I will just have to be patient. The good news is that I still get my new kitchen, walk-in pantry and fabulous new furniture for the living, entry and dining.  


Here's my inspiration ~


Our chair design, love the white washed floorboards and the window seat

Like the muted, sandy colour palette and the sisal rug

Love the rustic furniture

Love the chalky palette, painted ceilings and rafters

Love the open shelves on the vanity unit

We already have this teak setting


This is the style of the furniture I have selected ~


Furniture Concept


11 comments:

michele said...

loving your picks and plans!

:)
michele

Desire Empire said...

Thanks for the shout out. It's such a lovely home. Can't wait to see yours finished
Carolyn

Karen said...

Men can be hard to live with sometimes, but what you have chosen together looks great.

amber.thegirlone said...

i am a huge fan of the white washed floors and if these are your inspiration photos, i am insanely jealous of how incredible i know your new place is going to look!

xo,
amb

http://amberthegirlone.blogspot.com/

Anonymous said...

There is a fantastic modern beach house in feb's home beautiful-take a look. Natural timbers and light aqua tones-really soothing. Thanks for a great blog too!!

Helena Natanael said...

wow, the interior looks amazing! white always classy and homey, right? :D

Katarina Chebenova said...

amazing pictures, can imagine live there ;)
I like your blog, i am your new follower


http://theshortiesfashion.blogspot.co.uk/

Mama of 2 boys said...

Oooo I understand your frustration on having to put certain things on hold Melissah. I have SO many things I'd love to do to our home and also lots of accessories to make it just so... but the backyard and kitchen kind of blew our budget last year, so definitely not for a while.
Love the look you're going for here, the white washed floorboards will be gorgeous! xo

Ирина said...

What a wonderful ideas! I like this style too! Can imagine how charming your home will be, Mellisah!

Patti Borrelli @BeSoStyle said...

So love your ideas + inspiration images. I always dream of designing a beach house. So glad I found your blog. Visit me sometime. www.besostyle.com

Jules said...

Love BOTH your blogs - I am doing my floors white soon (after school holidays) and have just revamped some old furniture with a lick of paint to give it an antique chinese feel.
you can have a look at the before and after here
http://magooliedesigns.blogspot.com.au/...it's a cheap alternative to buying something new.
GOODLUCK - Can't wait to see the results

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