Eight years ago, Lizzie Alsop and her husband Charlie decided to relocate their young family to the coast, and they couldn’t be happier with the move.
Lizzie Alsop’s Mornington Peninsula sea change home will inspire you to fill your house with personal and creative finds.
“WE HAVE GOOD FRIENDS to thank for our move to the Mornington Peninsula. We were living in Melbourne and visited them on many weekends, then we were fortunate enough to find our new home while surfing the internet and dreaming of a sea change.
We bought the house as a threeyear-old owner-built home. It was missing many finishing touches, but we just found so much to love about it. There were enough bedrooms for everyone and so much natural light!
The beach was an easy stroll away and the house overlooked vast farmland, which sang to my country upbringing. It was also at the end of a quaint no-through road, yet another positive. WHAT CAME FIRST
The house was a bare palette when we moved in, so we had a local business make custom blinds for us, with sun and privacy being the priorities. Aside from these and a few light fittings, we have not had to do too much inside the house yet. The carpet in the bedrooms is not a colour I’d have chosen myself, so maybe that will be the next big change we make, and I’d like to repaint our bedroom as well. We have had to touch up the exterior paint, especially around the window frames, which is an ongoing job. HEART OF THE HOME The heart of our home is undoubtedly the kitchen/dining area – it’s where everything happens, from the bustle of mid-week breakfasts to quiet cuppas in the morning sunshine or reading a book on my much-loved window seat. The room encapsulates my style and the feel of our house: it’s a mix of old, new and everything in between. We found the dining table, along with the chairs, at local homewares store called Big Chair. We chose chairs in every colour we could to inject a bit of fun and energy into the room. I have to say there’s not a single room in the house that doesn’t have a good punch of colour in it. I love colour.
Appliances are on hand but out of sight behind this roller. High chairs
Ingolf bar stools from Ikea seat the family every morning for breakfast.
DINING Colour not clutter Lizzie achieves a bright but tidy look by sticking to one style for her colourful chairs.
OUTSIDE Breath of fresh air The sunlight streaming through the beautiful large windows won Lizzie over. Lizzie grows fresh herbs and salad greens.
OUTSIDE Earth and sea
The coastal home has a rural outlook.