BEST THING WE EVER DID…

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was use tiles for the down­stairs floor­ing and from floor to ceil­ing in bath­rooms. They in­te­grate so well in­side to out, are easy to clean and look beau­ti­ful and lux­u­ri­ous. We wish we had… built the house sooner! We have no re­grets at all.

“JOHN AND I HAVE BEEN vis­it­ing Len­nox Head, in north­ern New South Wales, for years – first as a cou­ple, then as a fam­ily when our chil­dren were born. We love the laid-back and healthy-liv­ing feel of the town, as well as the friendly locals, the surf cul­ture, the fab­u­lous cafes and restau­rants, and the prox­im­ity to By­ron Bay and Ban­ga­low. So when a house came up for sale just me­tres from the beach, we jumped to buy it as our hol­i­day home.

START­ING AGAIN

We soon dis­cov­ered the orig­i­nal small fi­bro house had as­bestos. We couldn’t renovate it to take full ad­van­tage of the block, so we de­cided to de­mol­ish it and start again, and de­sign a home that ticked all our boxes.

We wanted a mod­ern take on the tra­di­tional Cape Cod – a 1960s-style beach house that blended into the lo­cal area. It needed to look as though it had al­ways been there, not new and out of place. The en­vi­ron­ment and style of the ex­te­rior in­flu­enced how we went about de­sign­ing the in­te­rior. We opted for time­less colours, tiles and fin­ishes. The cab­i­netry, for ex­am­ple, has a mas­cu­line feel that’s all about the clean an­gles of 1960s style, while the floors are tiled in the down­stairs rooms, with tim­ber up­stairs. I don’t like to spend on fash­ion­able items that will date, so we in­vested most of our bud­get on top-qual­ity fin­ishes and fur­ni­ture that will en­dure – you can al­ways stay on-trend with soft fur­nish­ings.

IN­SIDE STORY

We dec­o­rated the house with a fresh beach look in mind. I added colour us­ing rugs, cush­ions and dec­o­ra­tive

SUS­TAIN­ABLE STYLE

Toni and John built their hol­i­day home on a north-east-fac­ing cor­ner block, just 100 me­tres from the beach, and worked closely with ar­chi­tect Paul Gray from PRG Ar­chi­tects, in­te­rior de­signer Paul Popham and builder Pim Kay from Kayon Homes to cre­ate their vi­sion. “Every as­pect was well thought through and care­fully de­signed to make the house func­tional, prac­ti­cal and beau­ti­ful,” says Toni.

Top of their wish list were high ceil­ings and sus­tain­able fea­tures such as so­lar power and water, and in­su­la­tion. “We po­si­tioned rooms, doors and win­dows in ways that made the most of the as­pect,”

Toni ex­plains. “We are amazed by how cool the house is in sum­mer, as it cap­tures the ocean breeze, and how warm it is in win­ter. We we haven’t had to use the ducted air-con­di­tion­ing once!”

items – ev­ery­thing blends in, but we added pops of my favourite shades, like or­anges, reds, greens and blues. I also adore rat­tan. It looks fab­u­lous teamed with lots of green­ery and vases and I love how its warmth con­trasts against the smooth, neu­tral fin­ishes.

Our house feels re­laxed and has clever, per­sonal touches that come to­gether in an au­then­tic way. It’s so re­ward­ing to cre­ate a look that’s orig­i­nal, be­cause it’s not a car­bon copy of a shop win­dow! My goal was to com­bine time­less­ness with orig­i­nal­ity, and I think we’ve man­aged to do that. We picked up great buys from Vast In­te­rior, Free­dom, Mod­ern Fur­ni­ture and a range of eclec­tic vin­tage stores.

HOL­I­DAY FEEL­ING

We want peo­ple to walk in and feel in­stantly re­laxed and pam­pered. The kitchen-liv­ing area is the most used space and ev­ery­one loves hang­ing out here, so it was im­por­tant to have an open area to make meal prepa­ra­tion a fun time when fam­ily and friends visit. This room leads straight out to the pool­side out­door area, and it’s where we spend most of our time. To read in front of ocean views, we head up­stairs. It truly is a won­der­ful place to spend our fam­ily hol­i­days.”

Walk this way

The blue front door was cus­tom de­signed and built for colour­ful wow fac­tor.

Sum­mer daze

The pool water fea­ture is one of Toni’s favourite parts of the prop­erty.

Mod­ern magic The new build was de­signed to look like an older-style beach house.

Soften up

Nat­u­ral tim­bers and wo­ven pieces add tex­ture and warmth to the din­ing space.

Coastal style The is­land bench and tim­ber stools have a clas­sic beach house vibe.

Step out­side

Glass stacker doors open up to cre­ate a seam­less in­doorout­door liv­ing space.

By the sea­side Col­lec­tions of shells and glass add to the home’s coastal vibe. SHOP IT Love the rat­tan look? Turn to page 46 for in­spo.

Cool cab­i­nets A mix of open and closed stor­age is stylish and prac­ti­cal.

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