This fam­ily are liv­ing their dream in a stun­ning beachy home that Sharna has fresh­ened up with her clas­sic coastal aes­thetic.

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After mov­ing into her dream home near the beach, Sharna couldn’t wait to add her re­lax­ing pal­ette of aqua and green.

“THREE YEARS AGO our fam­ily had a sea change and moved from Melbourne to North Boam­bee Val­ley, Coffs Har­bour in New South Wales. My hus­band Peter was re­lo­cated with his work and the chil­dren started at a new school. In Melbourne, our house was our first home and was quite small, so we were on the hunt for a much larger home; some­thing that was fam­ily friendly, was near the beach, had loads of space and could be main­tained eas­ily.


The home was only eight years old and the in­te­rior was in ex­cel­lent con­di­tion but the ex­te­rior was slightly run down. I couldn’t wait to change the front of the house from red to a more “coastal” duck egg blue colour (Turner’s Light by Du­lux). It was im­por­tant for me to cre­ate a wel­com­ing path­way into the home so we also added a new garden to the front of the house. It’s a trop­i­cal theme, which com­ple­ments the pool and deck/en­ter­tain­ing area at the rear.

On the in­side we added plan­ta­tion shut­ters to the bed­rooms on the kids’ level and also to the mas­ter bed­room.

They match the ex­ist­ing shut­ters on the large lounge-room win­dow that over­looks the pool.


I have a bit of a coastal crush when it comes to dec­o­rat­ing and have stuck to a fresh pal­ette. I’ve al­ways bought things that I love and I’ll of­ten change items around – it’s my re­lax­ing time.

Most of the walls in the house have been painted with Du­lux Pe­plum Quar­ter and the bed­rooms are in Du­lux Whis­per White which is slightly warmer.

We gave the en­trance foyer a lift by tiling the wall in­stead of just re­paint­ing it. The stack stone tiles are from a lo­cal store in Coffs Har­bour – they look great and add tex­ture. The floor in this area is pol­ished con­crete, which is hard­wear­ing and prac­ti­cal for high traf­fic ar­eas.

The rest of the down­stairs is cov­ered in Tas­ma­nian Oak tim­ber floor­boards. I love the knots in this tim­ber as it gives it, and the house, lots of char­ac­ter.

I look for fur­ni­ture that adds to my beachy vibe and I like ev­ery­thing to “kind of” match. We ac­tu­ally have nine pieces of fur­ni­ture from the Free­dom Can­cun range. It’s got such a fresh, coastal feel. I love my oars above the study nook – they were a great find at a lo­cal store for $50 each.


As an avid healthy cook, my favourite place is the kitchen. I love hav­ing a walkin pantry and have a spe­cific area to store all of my healthy in­gre­di­ents. This space is my haven and I of­ten pull up a stool and read my cook­books in here.

Another favourite spot is our deck; its northerly as­pect en­sures it’s al­ways a warm place to sit. When we’re at home I can open up the shut­ters and watch the chil­dren in the yard. In sum­mer we all love get­ting out­side and cool­ing off in the beau­ti­ful pool – it adds a re­sort­style qual­ity to our home. This is serene sea­side liv­ing at its best.”


Nat­u­ral grain Sharna is al­ways on the hunt for new cush­ions to up­date her space. SHOP IT

Curb ap­peal Sharna and Peter planted a trop­i­cal garden to make the en­trance more wel­com­ing.


FOYER Tile style

Us­ing stack stone tiles to cre­ate a fea­ture wall is a great idea.

STUDY NOOK Mess? What mess? Sharna can pull across the study doors if the girls have left it un­tidy.

FUN IN THE SUN Luxe flamingo pool float, $99.95, from Sun­nylife. ROUND IN CIR­CLES Hick­ory Road “Sun­flower” jute rug,

$119.95, from Zanui. GREAT FIND In­golf din­ing chair, $75, from Ikea.

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