A week­end in Mollymook

Take a trip to NSW’s South Coast for beach­side views, great food and a place to stay that hits all the right notes

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Food stylist and au­thor Kirsten Jenk­ins, who owns this peace­ful beach get­away with her part­ner, shares her style tips on mak­ing the most of a coastal lo­ca­tion

Max­imise the views “When we pur­chased the house, it was in­cred­i­bly run­down and had noth­ing to sug­gest it was a beach­side home. We de­cided that the most im­por­tant step in trans­form­ing it would be to paint the whole place white in­clud­ing ceil­ing beams, walls and the floor­boards, which we white-washed. Sud­denly, the whole in­ter­nal struc­ture seemed to dis­ap­pear and all you could see was the amaz­ing view; there was a real sense of calm.”

Em­brace the sea­side aes­thetic “We wanted to cre­ate a mod­ern beach-house feel but with rus­tic and eclec­tic de­tail­ing. My part­ner and I were lucky enough to find beau­ti­ful old glass floats, Ja­panese fish­ing ropes and sinkers on one of our an­tique/ junk hunt­ing trips to New­cas­tle. That’s where we also found the large fish hook above the din­ing table and other pieces like rus­tic fish­ing bas­kets and net­ting. We’ve tried to give sub­tle nods to ‘beach house’, but with­out go­ing kitsch.”

Don’t over­spend on fur­nish­ings “The best de­ci­sion we made was to be sen­si­ble in choos­ing the fur­ni­ture; pick­ing suit­able pieces on a sen­si­ble bud­get. The din­ing room table was a flat-pack num­ber from IKEA, the rus­tic lights are from Free­dom and we chose an in­ex­pen­sive cof­fee table, too.”

Buy for re­silience “Not over­spend­ing on fur­ni­ture al­lowed us to choose some­thing we thought was re­ally im­por­tant: a su­per-comfy sofa. We chose a deep MCM House ver­sion with wash­able cov­ers, be­cause they re­ally get smashed. When you’re rent­ing out a hol­i­day pad, it’s re­ally easy to get caught up in what you want rather than what has the po­ten­tial to get ru­ined by guests. To soften the floors in each room we chose sea­grass rugs be­cause they’re su­per durable and tough, but also carry that mod­ern beach house-feel through the whole place.”

Keep the de­sign con­sis­tent “We chose pretty stan­dard wardrobes, and in­stead of put­ting on the door han­dles they came with, we threaded rope through, which was in keep­ing with the tex­tures and ma­te­ri­als we had used in the lounge room.”

Get crafty “We had a lot of walls we needed to cover, but we wanted to be cre­ative with what we put there. I love pho­tog­ra­phy, so we col­lected drift­wood, feath­ers and co­ral from the beach and I pho­tographed them in re­ally graphic black and white. We popped them in IKEA frames and put them in each of the bed­rooms. We also brought a sea­grass hula skirt back from a trip to Fiji and mounted that on the wall in the lounge room – it’s now one of my favourite walls. Mak­ing the dec­o­ra­tions like this meant we got ex­actly what we wanted at an in­ex­pen­sive cost.”

“We de­cided that the most im­por­tant step in trans­form­ing it would be to paint the whole place white in­clud­ing ceil­ing beams, walls and the floor­boards, which we white-washed” KIRSTEN JENK­INS, HOME­OWNER

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