Next Gen­er­a­tion

With half a cen­tury’s worth of fam­ily mem­o­ries at­tached to the WA ham­let of Flinders Bay, a new hol­i­day home en­sures the story con­tin­ues to un­fold.

Australian House & Garden - - Contents - STORY Sarah Wormwell | STYLING Anna Flan­ders | PHOTOGR APHY An­gelita Bonetti

A much-loved hol­i­day home on the WA coast is set up for long-term en­joy­ment.

The ocean is roar­ing, the sun is bright. Na­tive gums frame views to Flinders Bay. For three gen­er­a­tions, this idyl­lic out­post, four hours south of Perth, has been the M off at fam­ily’ s beach re­treat. “My grand­par­ents built the orig­i­nal home, a fi­bro shack, in 1968, so I’ve been lucky enough to be com­ing here my whole life,” says Jane Mof­fat, co-owner of Perth store Jor­dan Baker.

“By chance, my hus­band’s fam­ily also hol­i­dayed in Flinders from the 1970s, so we both had a deep un­der­stand­ing of how spe­cial this place is. We knew it was a tra­di­tion we wanted to keep in the fam­ily.”

The two-bed­room home was never go­ing to ac­com­mo­date a fourth gen­er­a­tion, so when Jane and her hus­band, Tim An­drew, took own­er­ship in 1999 they en­gaged ar­chi­tect Peter Mo­ran to ren­o­vate. It be­came ap­par­ent it would be sim­pler to re­build, but no one sus­pected it would take 12 years.

“It took the ten­der care of Peter and his as­so­ciate Marisa Young, who be­came like part of the fam­ily, to make this house just right,” says Jane. “Flinders is a her­itage area, which adds to the pride and ca­ma­raderie among res­i­dents, but also re­quires sen­si­tiv­ity. It didn’t help that we were do­ing ev­ery­thing re­motely, and added four chil­dren to the mix.”

Tim and Jane lived in Syd­ney, New York and Hong Kong through­out the process, so Peter re­lied on two lever-arch fold­ers filled with im­ages Jane had com­piled. “They had been liv­ing in New York and hol­i­day­ing in the Hamp­tons, so their in­spi­ra­tion tended to re­flect that time,” says Peter. The re­sult­ing three-storey prop­erty ref­er­ences the pre­war char­ac­ter of the area, with the use of weath­er­board and gran­ite cut from the site.

Two min­utes’ walk from the beach, the house is zoned to ac­com­mo­date the free-form hol­i­day tra­di­tions Jane and Tim hold dear. The

chil­dren are on the ground floor; liv­ing, kitchen and gue­strooms on the first floor; with the top floor de­signed as a par­ents’ re­treat. “Tim and Jane wanted this to be a house for friends and fam­ily, it had to be easy for all kinds of re­lax­ation. The open-plan kitchen and liv­ing spa­ces bring peo­ple to­gether yet there are mul­ti­ple nooks for soli­tude,” says Peter.

From the out­set, Jane had a clear vi­sion for the in­te­ri­ors. “It had to be anall-whitein­te­rior,ablankcan­vas,tomaketheo­cean­viewspop.Iadapted the look from the house we owned in East Hampton while liv­ing in New York. I was never wor­ried about it be­ing too clin­i­cal, as I knew how much colour I was bring­ing with fur­ni­ture and fab­ric,” she says.

Jane en­listed in­te­rior de­signer Re­becca War­bur­ton to help man­age the project. “I would say my style is Amer­i­can with a twist. I have al­ways loved spa­ces by Vic­to­ria Ha­gan, Steven Gam­brel, Katie Ridder and Jonathan Adler, so I knew the look I was af­ter, but I needed Re­becca’s help to bring it all to fruition. We were try­ing to fin­ish the house from Hong Kong, so hav­ing her in Perth was in­valu­able,” says Jane.

In 2013 the fam­ily set­tled in Perth but spend as much time as they can at their beloved hol­i­day home. “It is ev­ery­thing we hoped for and more. Hav­ing spent 20 years liv­ing over­seas, we have friends far and wide, and Flinders en­ables us to bring mates to­gether,” says Jane. # Peter Mo­ran Ar­chi­tect, Cottes­loe, WA; (08) 9384 5416 or Re­becca War­bur­ton In­te­ri­ors, Clare­mont, WA; 0408 118 110.

For Where to Buy, see page 188.

LIV­ING Jane is a life­long devo­tee of Bruce Spring­steen and the al­bum art­work takes pride of place in one of her favourite spa­ces. Colour­ful cush­ions in fab­rics by China Seas and Quadrille are ar­ranged over so­fas cov­ered in Villa Nova Geneva Camelia fab­ric. The Made­line Wein­rib rug was bought in New York. Hamp­tons cush­ion (on chair), blue vase and gin­ger jars, all from Jor­dan Baker. Beach art­work by Mas­simo Vi­tali.

KITCHEN A gen­tle ocean blue pops against the white of the join­ery. Both the walls and floor­boards are painted in Aalto Colour Pow­dered Wig.

Smart buy: For a sim­i­lar kitchen tiles, try Devon­shire Mo­tif tiles in Aqua­ma­rina (75x150mm), $119/m2, Beau­mont Tiles.

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