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.

 Click on the magazine below for 92 pages of inspiring coastal decorating ideas, the latest summer homewares trends, my favourite recipes and a room-by-room house tour.
Or simply scroll though the photos below for a quick overview. Enjoy!


A Room With A View


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

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 key elements to 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

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 there 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!

The Pantry

Loving the 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

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!

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 Ensuite




There so many things to love about it ~ I don't know where to start!

The freestanding bath is such a luxury ~
I always make sure I find the time for a long, indulgent bubble bath on the weekends.
I'm also loving my heated towel rail ~
no more wet, soggy towels in the winter months.
The vanity is huge, 2.6m - more than big enough for the two of us
but I still keep getting in trouble for taking over the entire length!
The best thing though is probably the view out the window ~
which isn't captured here but it's got fabulous ocean views (even from the loo!).
I'm glad we decided to keep the original floorboards and not tile over them ~
the boards together with the tongue and groove wall panelling
give the room charm and character.
I feel so privileged and fortunate to have some such a big, beautiful space
surrounded by all the things I love.
Every time I go in there I have to pinch myself!

The 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 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.

Guest Bedroom

Pretty In Pink

The Entry

Credits : photography by Matt Lord
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