After a seam­less ren­o­va­tion, Katy and Adam’s lit­tle cot­tage by the sea is now a spa­cious and con­tin­u­ally evolv­ing fam­ily home.

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A har­mo­nious blend of new and old con­struc­tion and trea­sures, Katy Young’s coastal cot­tage rocks a vin­tage vibe.

“NAT­U­RAL CHARM AND AMAZ­ING views at­tracted Adam and I to this cot­tage. Built 88 years ago for re­turned war ser­vice­men, it had Art Deco-style curved win­dows and cor­nices, plus an out­look of wa­ter, trees, houses, boats and ac­tiv­ity. We loved the house when we moved in, back in 2009, but it was too small for our grow­ing fam­ily.


Sadly, many of these lit­tle gems get bull­dozed to make way for new houses. But not ours! We wanted to cover the deck, redo the kitchen and add more bed­rooms. I ini­tially thought we’d ex­tend up­wards but Adam sug­gested build­ing down to be closer to the view.

We let the style of the ren­o­va­tion be set by the orig­i­nal fea­tures of the house, like the width and tim­ber of the floor­boards, the ex­te­rior weath­er­board and the wooden win­dow frames. Our plans were drawn up by a draughts­man then we found a builder by ask­ing lo­cals whose homes we liked. We struck gold – our builder was a prob­lem solver who worked to his quote and sched­ule – and we are de­lighted with the end re­sult.


The tran­si­tion from old house to new house is seam­less. We love our home’s po­si­tion, its soul – which comes from age – and all the col­lec­tions in­side, which are a com­bi­na­tion of bought, given and found. My decorating style

“Our home is con­stantly evolv­ing in re­sponse to our fam­ily’s chang­ing needs.”

is eclec­tic. I find a lot of things at coun­cil clean-ups – in­clud­ing cof­fee ta­bles and so­fas that I’ve had re­cov­ered – as the qual­ity around here is in­cred­i­ble. I buy spe­cial things I like when I see them, then work out where they will go! And I’m al­ways mov­ing the furniture around and chang­ing the art on the walls. Adam and I both have artist brothers and we col­lect art.

The house works in all sea­sons. In win­ter we spend time in the sit­ting room with the fire lit. In sum­mer the ex­ca­vated bed­rooms are lovely and cool, and we can open up the kitchen/ din­ing area to the up­stairs deck.

Ev­ery­thing out­side is re­cy­cled, in­clud­ing the ‘found’ furniture, and we’ve worked with the orig­i­nal gar­den of camel­lias, palms, frangi­pani and agave. Our home is loved, lived-in and evolv­ing, and we all en­joy its vibe.”

“Be­lieve it or not, this pi­ano only cost me 99 cents on eBay! But I did then pay $300 to have it de­liv­ered.”

Wall of art

The home gallery in­cludes works by Katy’s brother Jock, an artist.

An­other era

With its chan­de­lier, or­nate cor­nices and fire­place, this room shows off the home’s orig­i­nal fea­tures.

On dis­play

A bowl shows off fam­ily travel pics.

Favourite things Katy’s trea­sures in­clude much-loved can­dle­hold­ers, gifts from a friend.

Stor­age splurge The 18th-cen­tury French book­shelf came from Syd­ney An­tique Cen­tre.

Fam­ily gath­er­ing The hub of the home, this light-filled space opens out to the deck.

Study of art Adam fell in love with this carved rab­bit, so Katy bought it for him!

A view for work Katy loves the leafy out­look from her large kitchen.

DARK DE­SIGN Thonet “Bent­wood” stool in Wenge, $195, from Re­lax House.

CURVY SHAPE Jen­ny­lund arm­chair in White, $499, from Ikea.

Out­door art The vin­tage frame is from Beach­wood, Avalon.

Hats off!

Katy is sur­rounded by col­lec­tions in her study. Hat rack from the An­tique Gen­eral Store, Narrabeen.

Lovely light

The river peb­ble floor tiles are a fam­ily fave. Van­ity from Hard­ware & Gen­eral, Brook­vale.

Fab find

The sofa was res­cued from a road­side, re­uphol­stered and re-cov­ered.

In the wild As­sorted trea­sures cre­ate a “bit of an African theme”.

Love those left­overs Ex­cess tal­low­wood from the ren­o­va­tion is now an out­door table for the deck.

Out­door style Katy loves decorating the out­side of her home, too.

A quiet spot Mostly “found” pieces fur­nish the gar­den.

Come on in The street en­trance is warm and wel­com­ing.

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