Seek­ing a coastal life, Alisha and her chil­dren headed north to build a fam­ily home that ticks all of their boxes.

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Mov­ing her fam­ily to north­ern NSW for a much-wanted out­door lifestyle, Alisha’s coastal abode suits their re­laxed new life.

“BACK IN 2013 we bought a block of land at Ca­sua­r­ina Beach in north­ern New South Wales, about 30 min­utes north of By­ron Bay. At the time we were liv­ing in Wol­lon­gong and crav­ing a sea change: we wanted to live closer to the beach, have warmer weather and lead a dif­fer­ent lifestyle.

I’m so pleased we chose Ca­sua­r­ina Beach. It has such a small fam­ily com­mu­nity vibe, which I love, with loads of cafes and bike trails. Salt Vil­lage is our com­mu­nity hub with a pub and heaps of restau­rants.


The block of land we fell in love with was just two streets back from the beach, and had a gor­geous creek nearby. We de­cided to go with a weath­er­board beach home. It needed to be fam­ily friendly and de­signed to suit two grow­ing kids, plus fa­cil­i­tate the in­door-out­door lifestyle we so badly wanted. Our home has four bed­rooms and two liv­ing ar­eas – the open-plan kitchen, din­ing and liv­ing area is the most-used space in the house, and has di­rect ac­cess to the back­yard and pool.

There’s also a spe­cial ac­tiv­i­ties room con­nected to the kids’ rooms – it ex­tends their space and they use it as a study and toy room. I love that it leaves their bed­rooms un­clut­tered and just for sleep­ing. There are two bath­rooms, and I opted for a walk-in pantry with a bar/servery win­dow that opens out to the back­yard.

The build started early in 2014 and was com­pleted in De­cem­ber.


In­side, I wanted to cre­ate a re­laxed coastal style – the ul­ti­mate com­fort­able, cosy beach shack. I started with a neu­tral palette to keep things sim­ple and bright. Out­side, I opted for Du­lux Vivid White and Taub­mans Grey Wolf. In­side, I used Du­lux Lex­i­con Half, with some fea­ture walls in Du­lux Dieskau.

To give the kids’ bed­rooms their own per­son­al­i­ties I painted Tyler’s room in Du­lux Sea Cliff Half, and Lily’s room in Favourite Lady Half. The floors are warm oak tim­ber float­ing boards, with car­pet in the bed­rooms, and the bath­rooms have a pol­ished con­crete-look tile.


I love the Ba­li­nese coastal vibe, as well as bright, happy colours, so I used these as the blue­print for dec­o­rat­ing our home. Aqua is my favourite colour – it re­minds me of the ocean. I like to col­lect aqua frames, can­dles and shells.

Some places I love to shop in­clude Vast In­te­rior, Free­dom, Biku and The Beach Fur­ni­ture, but I’m al­ways on the look­out for lit­tle busi­nesses on In­sta­gram and Face­book.

Some of my beachy trin­kets are from Two Avoca and From the Is­land, and all my pots and plants are from The Cor­ner Col­lec­tive at Cabarita, which is a gor­geous lit­tle lo­cal home­wares and cloth­ing shop that I just adore.


There’s so much about my home that I’m happy with, so it’s hard to list what I love most, but my favourite space is the en­ter­tain­ing area by the pool – I just love re­lax­ing here and spend­ing time out­doors.

I’m also so pleased that I chose the mir­rored splash­back in the kitchen, it re­ally re­flects the out­doors and opens up the space. The bath­room is also a favourite room; my daugh­ter and I have bub­ble baths ev­ery night!

The fea­ture wall in the main bath­room was a very last-minute de­ci­sion: the wood-grain tile was orig­i­nally in­tended for the floor, how­ever it clashed with the oak floor­boards in the rest of the house, so I de­cided to run it up the wall and sep­a­rate the two with the pol­ished con­crete-look tile I used in the en­suite. It was an un­ex­pected change but I’m re­ally happy with the re­sult.

I want to add an old, rus­tic aqua barn door to the hall­way, and I just re­cently pur­chased a pool slide, so

I’ll be deck­ing most of the grass area where the fire pit is.


Mak­ing a seachange was all about hav­ing more op­por­tu­ni­ties to en­joy the out­doors. We host par­ties and bar­be­ques reg­u­larly and the kids’ friends are here al­most ev­ery day. We love it here and don’t plan on mov­ing, ever!”

“I love ly­ing in my bed, lis­ten­ing to the ocean… it’s par­adise!”

Hid­den here is a sink Alisha fills with ice for drinks when en­ter­tain­ing. Or­der up The large walk-in pantry fea­tures a servery win­dow.

Light and bright

The open-plan din­ing area leads out to the pool and is per­fect for en­ter­tain­ing.

High ceil­ings and win­dows cre­ate a grand, bright open space. FLO­RAL BEAUTY 4 Leaf Clover More­ton Bay Fig & Cock­a­too cush­ion cover in Navy, medium, $64, from Hard to Find. DIVE IN

Lela Print bean­bag with pip­ing in Flint/Camel, $144, from Città. Fam­ily time Alisha and the kids use this space to re­lax and play games.

Dou­ble duty The me­dia room is also a guest room. Sofa bed from Do­mayne. Lamp from Free­dom.

LOUNGE ABOUT Geographic bean­bag cover, $20, from Tar­get.

PRETTY BIRD Cock­a­too cush­ion, $39.95, from Do­mayne.

Side or­der

The tim­ber-look tiles were orig­i­nally cho­sen for the floor, but look great on the wall in­stead.

Won­der wall Alisha’s favourite tile, from Beach House Tile Stu­dio, cre­ates a fea­ture wall in the en­suite.

Sim­ply beachy The aqua rat­tan pen­dant lights from Tai­lored Space add a coastal vibe.

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