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