Seeking a coastal life, Alisha and her children headed north to build a family home that ticks all of their boxes.
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.
BUILD IT UP
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.
CHOICES AND CHANGES
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.
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.