Lana Caves’s brand new Queens­lan­der in Bris­bane is styled to per­fec­tion to cre­ate a beach­side hol­i­day feel all year round.

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“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.


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.


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.



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