Pippa and her husband Adam worked as a team to design and decorate a lightfilled family home they all love.
In two stages, Pippa updated an old-fashioned cottage to create a spacious and gorgeous family home.
“The house was very oldfashioned but I knew we could update it without spending too much.”
“MY HUSBAND ADAM AND I bought our home in 2009. It’s a four-bedroom, two-storey cottage-style property on Sydney’s Northern Beaches, and there were many things we instantly loved about it (though the pink carpet and walls, and brown-tiled kitchen benches weren’t among them!). It was very oldfashioned, but the extra bedroom plus study, garage and pool were its selling points. Adam and I knew we could update it without spending too much.
We gave the house a speedy 13-day renovation before moving in: we installed a new kitchen and swapped
“I collect glass vases. You can never have enough and they look great with any flowers.”
its position with the dining room, as well as repainted throughout, installed new carpets and blinds, and polished the floorboards. The bigger project – opening up the back of the house to enclose the deck area with huge glass windows – didn’t start until five years later, and took four months to complete.
I designed the windows myself, and the kitchen-dining space is now my favourite. The clever orientation of the house means we get winter sun in the front garden, where the pool is, and it’s all about the winter sun! Sitting at our big dining table with a cup of tea and the newspaper, the sun streaming onto my back, is one of life’s pleasures. We also put up curtains that we can close against the cold weather, and they look lovely pulled to the sides.
As part of the renovation, we added a butler’s pantry, and we love it. It opens out onto the deck and barbecue area, but it’s such a versatile room. It’s perfect for dumping the groceries, storing extra milk, displaying china and hiding the chocolate!
LIFE & STYLE
My decorating style is DIY
Hamptons. It evolves with time, and I buy bits and pieces as they catch my eye. It really suits our home: we like to entertain, especially in summer. If you have a pool, they will come! And you cannot beat swims, drinks, chips and dips. In summer, we live in our swimming costumes and eat outside. In winter, we spend time as a family inside watching movies or playing Lego.
“The ducks cost just $70. I think of them as Mother Duck out with her three ducklings.”
The house is styled to suit our lifestyle. We have a large family room downstairs, which means there are minimal toys in the bedrooms and they’re easy to keep neat. The sofa in the living room, from Freedom, has large outdoor cushions on it from Pottery Barn. I found the armchairs on the side of the road 10 years ago, and had them reupholstered. They’re perfect for nursing a baby, and they’ve been with me for all my children.
I think it’s best to not be too precious about the sofas until the kids are older – there are more important things to worry about!”
Pippa chose Shakerstyle cabinetry for the kitchen. Splashback tiles from Tiles by Kate.
Hidden extras A dishwasher, second fridge and open shelving are handy extras in the butler’s pantry.
Outlook good Large dining room windows face the northerly front garden with a pool.
An extra dining chair sits in the hall underneath a “boys’ code” print.
Wonderful windows Pippa designed the windows herself. Made by Stegbar.
Right on time
The clock is from a giftware store in St Ives. Ornamental pears from Bed Bath N’ Table.
Sofa, so good
A Freedom sofa and upcycled armchairs create a cosy living space in front of the Real Flame gas fireplace.
Pippa was happy to play with pink after years of decorating her boys’ rooms.
The trio of glass pendants suits the kitchen perfectly.
Got it covered Pippa re-covered a cheap bedhead with inexpensive fabric.
STEP UP Ingolf bar stool, $75, from Ikea.
CLASSIC LOOK Provincial cross back chair, $169, from Early Settler.
CLEAR WINNER Cloche Filament pendant light, $109.95, from Zanui.
LAUNDRY DAY Coastal navy stripe paper hamper, $20, from Target.
The distressed timber sideboard is from
New Heights Furniture in Balgowlah.
In the summertime, Pippa’s family spends a lot of time together outdoors.
Double the fun Tommy and Cam share a bunk bed from Treehouse.