Welcome to my Beach House!


Totally out of the blue we bought this 1950's white weatherboard beach house.
 It was in desperate need of a major makeover but with some TLC and a lot of hard work
 it had the potential to be our dream home.
 



Featuring white weatherboards, stunning ocean views, good bones,
 great architecture, a short walk to the beach and loads of character
~ it ticked all the right boxes. 




I love the crazy paving, the original stonework and the big old Manna Gum
that provides some summer shade.

A Room With A View





With so much natural light and
louvres to let in the ocean breeze and salty air,
this has to be the best room in the house.




Not only does it have this light, airy feel but it has lovely ocean views.








The colour palette is serene and calming
with lots of white, sandy neutrals and a pop of turquoise to give it some life.



A Room With A View

 

The key elements in this the room are :
 the antique Chinese Opium bed used as a coffee table,
the Japanese paper artwork,
the fish painting bought from a local gallery,
and those very comfy, oversized sofas ~
perfect for relaxing with a good book! 

The Dining Room








Dining Room

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This lovely space looks out to sea and over the cliffs.
The dining table is made from an antique Chinese temple door
and it's bleached, rustic finish is perfect for our casual beach house.
French provincial cross back chairs, a rustic sideboard,
seaside accessories and hand crafted shell artwork
gives the room an eclectic, coastal feel.

The Kitchen



 





My bright, light filled sunny kitchen is an absolute pleasure to cook in. 
When I'm chopping away and glance up 
~ everywhere I look is ocean, cliffs and nature.
My husband's vintage surfboard gets pride of place so he loves the kitchen too!
The surfboard and rustic Asian bar stools gives
this simple, modern kitchen a laid-back, beachy vibe!


 


 


Loving my new pantry!
Open shelving means everything is at my fingertips.
Being a bit of an entertainer - 
I love having a place to store all of my patters and party things. 

The Study Nook / Bar





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Cocktail Hour


This quirky study nook is one of the reasons why I fell in love with this house.
It gives the house character and old fashioned charm.
The house full of surprises and odd little details like this.
I didn't need another desk but a bar always comes in handy!!!
It's turned out to be a great place to mix a cocktail or a G&T! 


Master Bedroom







Every morning I wake up to breakfast in bed. 
No wonder I love this room so much! 




 

Master Bedroom

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My bedroom is my other favourite room. 
It's sunny, light filled and tranquil.
The painted lining boards and the white washed cane
is a nod to Hamptons decor.
The soft palette of white, light neutrals and aqua
creates a peaceful, seaside feel.
Falling asleep to the sound of crashing waves is a real luxury!  

The Hobby Room





Hobby Room


My little Hobby Room is a temporary space. Late next year it will become the Ensuite for our bedroom but in the interim I have this gorgeous little room to keep all my 'stuff'. I love pretty, girly, crafty things so this is where I keep my ribbons, scrapbooks, design books, cards, favourite magazines, shells and sewing machine. There's a sofa in the corner, out of camera view, which is a perfect spot for reading on a sunny afternoon. The pinboard is full of ideas, favourite clippings, paint colours, party ideas, fabric swatches and anything else that takes my fancy. It was the starting point of the colour palette for the house.

Laundry Love






Attention to detail!


Laundry details



Being a designer, I'm big into details. 
 I like an eye for detail and taking the time to finish off a room so it's full of beautiful things that tell a story. My laundry is full of textured, organic pieces that remind me of by-gone days and the history of the house.

The Kid's Rooms





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Seaside Neutrals



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Girl's Bedroom


Lunch On The Deck





There's no better place than the deck to while away a lazy afternoon!








A welcoming entry promises good times ahead!





 


The Back Yard







The big attraction about the back garden is the fruit orchard.
 The pride and joy of the previous owners!
There's pretty well one of everything,
peach, apricot, fig, cherry, nectarine, plum,
3 types of apples and a gnarly 70 year old pear tree.
I've added a herb garden, a lemon tree,
a lime tree and a strawberry patch 
to complete my wonderful kitchen garden.
I can't wait to start baking pies and making jams!

Photography by Matt Lord Photography
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