We knew this house was the ONE FOR US

Kylie and Nick fell in love with their prop­erty at first sight and since then they’ve re­alised its po­ten­tial as the per­fect fam­ily home.

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“IT WAS MY MUM WHO SPOT­TED

this house for us. She was driv­ing past one day and saw the For Sale sign go up and called me im­me­di­ately. My hus­band Nick and I went to in­spect it and knew it was the one straight­away. It’s lo­cated in Wyn­num, a fam­ily-friendly bay­side sub­urb of Bris­bane. We loved that it was so close to the wa­ter and it had side ac­cess for a car­a­van, which was some­thing we had been look­ing for.

The house had un­der­gone a cou­ple of ren­o­va­tions be­fore us but noth­ing ma­jor. It was a re­ally small three-bed­room cot­tage with a tiny kitchen, but it was on a 607-square-me­tre block so we had lots of room for an ex­ten­sion.

HANDY HELPERS

The ex­ist­ing home was one storey and only 141 square me­tres, so we ex­tended out the back, adding a new kitchen, din­ing area, mas­ter bed­room with walk-in wardrobe, en­suite and a large back deck. Then down­stairs we added another liv­ing area, bath­room, bed­room, laun­dry, craft room and a dou­ble garage – so now the house is 366 square me­tres. A lot of the work was car­ried out by my hus­band and father, who built most of the large

struc­tures. Dad has been with us ev­ery step of the way, we never would have tack­led such a big project with­out him. He has put in so many hours to help us build our dream home. He just works his magic and sud­denly pro­duces ex­actly what I want – he’s amaz­ing!

IN NEU­TRAL

Once we were in I set to work on the dec­o­rat­ing. I’ve gone for a Hamp­tons/ coastal theme and even a lit­tle bit of farm­house chic in places.

I also love a neu­tral wall colour. Our whole home is painted in Du­lux ‘Hog Bris­tle Quar­ter’ and the doors and trims are Whis­per White. I’m so pleased with the way our home has evolved.

On re­flec­tion A mir­rored splash­back makes the kitchen feel more spa­cious and it means Kylie can see what the kids are up to when she’s cook­ing.

LIV­ING ROOM Cosy cor­ner

A Har­vey Nor­man sofa is the hero piece of this room, styled up with cush­ions from Adairs, Pil­low Talk and The Coastal Cush­ion Com­pany.

Rus­tic touch There are hints of farm­house chic in the kitchen DE­TAIL

DE­TAIL Liv­ing art A ter­rar­ium makes an in­ter­est­ing fea­ture.

BAR AREA A well-earned drink

If you have un­used space in your liv­ing area, why not add a bar for easy en­ter­tain­ing?

LIV­ING ROOM Gilty look

The cabi­net was a Gumtree find and it set the tone for the whole room. The mir­ror and gold lamp were from Free­dom.

TEENY TEEPEE Tent ter­rar­ium, $29.99, from Typo. MAR­BLE-OUS Mar­ble top wire ta­ble, $29, from Kmart.

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