Home de­sign:

My Kitchen Rules guest judge Dar­ren Robertson and his part­ner Mag­dalena Roze have cre­ated a re­laxed beachy sanc­tu­ary, finds Hande Ren­shaw.


a beachy, trop­i­cal-style sanc­tu­ary

Creat­ing a home wasn’t a task Mag­dalena Roze took on lightly. The Aus­tralian media per­son­al­ity and for­mer TV weather pre­sen­ter went to great lengths to cre­ate a beau­ti­ful, sim­ple and con­sid­ered space for her fam­ily – My Kitchen Rules guest judge Dar­ren Robertson and their 14-month-old son, Archie. The cou­ple pur­chased the home just over a year ago, in the height of sum­mer, when Mag­dalena was 39 weeks preg­nant.

“I’ve heard of so many cou­ples ren­o­vat­ing and buy­ing a home around the same time – it must be the pri­mal ‘nest­ing’ thing,” says Mag­dalena.

The two-level, three-bed­room home is in By­ron Bay, New South Wales, where Dar­ren co-owns the Three Blue Ducks res­tau­rant.

“There’s some­thing mag­i­cal about this place that draws you in – the con­nec­tion with food, na­ture and the land, the beaches, com­mu­nity, as well as the nour­ish­ing life­style,” says Mag­dalena.

For­tu­nately, the home was in great con­di­tion when the fam­ily moved in, hav­ing been ren­o­vated a few years ear­lier. “There was a lot to do in­te­ri­ors-wise to make it our own, but it was all cos­metic,” she says.

The cou­ple painted the dark floor­boards white, in­stalled plan­ta­tion shut­ters and added linen curtains.

“We did a lot of work to the kitchen, which is a fo­cal point for us – the orig­i­nal kitchen was com­pletely brown and blue,” says Mag­dalena.

They retiled the kitchen walls with white sub­way tiles, added a re­cy­cled tim­ber shelf, painted the cab­i­nets white and re­placed the stain­less-steel han­dles with re­cy­cled tim­ber. “We wanted to use lots of white mixed with tim­ber and hang­ing plants for an earthy and fresh feel,” she says.

The kitchen best en­cap­su­lates Mag­dalena’s clean and re­laxed style, and is where she per­fected her recipes for her book Happy and Whole.

“I am clearly in com­plete de­nial that I have a baby and surfer part­ner, with all the white in my house!” she says.

“Sur­round­ing your­self with things you love, like plants, or creat­ing a nook with a lovely cush­ion for read­ing, is enough to cre­ate space for a mo­ment of hap­pi­ness every day.”

De­sign touches of nat­u­ral tex­tures, wood and linen keep the house feel­ing breezy and give it a seam­less flow.

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