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.

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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.

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