Lana Caves’s brand new Queenslander in Brisbane is styled to perfection to create a beachside holiday feel all year round.
“WE HAD JUST SOLD our first home, a small Queenslander, when we stumbled across this house, so the timing was perfect. We’ve always loved the look of Queenslanders, but this is a replica and a new build – it was in the final stages of being built when we found it, and it had great street appeal. We really wanted a place we could expect to live in for a long time, and it needed to be an entertainer, spread over two levels with decks or verandahs, with an open-plan design and lots of space. We also desperately wanted a pool. Unfortunately, there wasn’t one, but everything else about the house ticked all our boxes, and the location was perfect.
BUILDING A POOL
We bought the house brand new, so it hasn’t needed too much work. We’ve made tweaks and updated the rooms and furniture since we moved in back in 2006, adding plantation shutters and painting the walls. But the biggest undertaking was the pool. We waited until 2011, when Yasmin had learnt to swim, then decided to begin. It was tricky – we live on a long, narrow block
and access was tight – but this was the least of our worries. There were weeks of rain and delays, the diggers hit rock, and the hole started to cave in from all the mud. It took four months to finish, but it was definitely worth the wait. We chose Himalayan sandstone pavers for around the pool, because we love the different fossil markings and, once sealed, they don’t hold in the heat.
THE COASTAL LOOK
Our home has a definite coastal feel to it. I use lots of white, blue and green – calming colours with that coastal, tropical vibe. There are collections of shells and coral, holiday finds, canvas prints and beach books around the house. My favourite items are the ones that tell a good story, and pieces that belonged to my mother are the most special to me. She had a wonderful eye for collecting vintage finds.
We love travelling, so there are framed black-and-white holiday photos throughout our home. I also love cushions – it drives family members crazy when they can’t find a spot to sit or lie down, but I think cushions dress a room. I also have a collection of blue-and-white ginger jars, ceramics and plates that continues to breed!
We love that we have large deck areas that open out to lovely views and the pool. The front deck catches a lovely breeze and the top back deck is great for entertaining or relaxing. The bottom deck gives us quick access to the pool and yard. Usually, we are in the pool on those scorching Brisbane days, or down on the deck where it’s not so hot. If we’re not outside, we are happily inside with the air-conditioning on.
We like feeling we are somewhere coastal even though we are nowhere near a beach. It’s a great house in the summertime and gives us a sense of feeling like we are on holiday.”
Top deck “This is a popular spot with our daughter and her friends, and a great reading space, too,” says Lana. Daybed from Samsara Furniture and Homewares. Antique shoe box as coffee table.
Come out on top The upper deck looks over the pool and out to the mountains. Outdoor furniture from Domayne.
Down & out
The lower deck is a casual space off the pool. Woven outdoor setting from Freedom.
Got it covered
Lana collects blue-andwhite ginger jars, and the theme extends through her home. Tablecloth from Pillow Talk. Add colour and character with a tablecoth in a style to suit your home. GREAT IDEA
On the bench “I love the open-plan layout of the kitchen,” Lana says. Benchtop in Caesarstone.