Pippa and her hus­band Adam worked as a team to de­sign and dec­o­rate a light­filled fam­ily home they all love.

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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!


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!”

Sim­ple style

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.

Neat seat

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.

Girly things

Pippa was happy to play with pink af­ter years of dec­o­rat­ing her boys’ rooms.

Light touch

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.

Good wood

The dis­tressed tim­ber side­board is from

New Heights Fur­ni­ture in Bal­go­wlah.

Play days

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.

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