FROM HERITAGE TO HAMPTONS
DANNI MORRISON WELCOMES US INSIDE HER OWN PERSONAL OASIS OF STYLE
Think blue and white tones, coastal decor and elegant and timeless features. Coast design guru Danni Morrison’s home has come a long way from the 1990s red brick and cedar build it began as.
Weekend magazine was recently invited for a tour of Danni’s home in Tanawha to get an inside glance at the day-to-day life of the interior decorator, presenter, ambassador and blogger. Danni and her partner have spent the past three years renovating their “forever home”, transforming it into the Hamptons-inspired masterpiece it is today.
Walking on to the grounds of the residence, you are greeted by a lush lawn and landscaped gardens, a full-size tennis court and a tastefully renovated exterior that encompasses coastal living.
“I found this home and it was cream, red brick, heritage green and completely un-renovated but I just saw such potential in it,” Danni said.
“It completely lends itself to a Hamptons-inspired reno and my partner and I just loved the grandness of it.
“We’ve just been slowly chipping away at it and doing it bit by bit as it is our forever home and we want to get it right.”
The home was built in 1998 and was in its original condition when Danni and her now fiance moved in. Looking past the garish, mustard coloured walls, Mexican tiles, polished-wood features and out-dated fixtures, Danni said she envisioned a more classic, coastal look.
“It’s a very grand home with high ceilings, Tasmanian oak floors and solid cedar door frames and windows and it was perfect for a Hamptons-style reno,” she said.
“It also had beautiful natural bones and a solid foundation to start with and I have loved injecting my style into it.”
Drawing inspiration from the high-end homes that grace the shores on the eastern end of Long Shore near New York, Danni has replaced the heritage features with her signature Hamptons-style design.
“I think that I get all of my creative flair from my Mum and she was the one who first introduced me to the Hamptons style,” she said. “Back when she was building her home in Dicky Beach in the early 2000s you couldn’t really source that style of furniture anywhere so she up-cycled everything to make it how she wanted. I’ve grown up with styles changing regularly but this Hamptons style has stuck. It’s classic, traditional and timeless.”
Danni and her partner work on their home renovations whenever they get a chance and she said they still had a while to go before they could sit back, relax and appreciate their efforts.
“We are only half-way and my partner thinks we are done but we definitely aren’t yet,” she laughed. “This is our ‘forever’ home which means I’ll be ‘forever’ updating, renovating and restyling.”
Despite their best efforts, the couple has encountered a few “hiccups” while renovating the home.
Danni said it just went to show that no matter how much prior planning you put in, there would always be curve-balls thrown at you when undergoing a major project.
“If you want things to go to plan, build new. Renovations always go wrong,” she said.
“Our sewage exploded in our bottom bathroom when we had eight teenage girls here for a sleepover.
“We had a tree fall on our house when the tree-loppers were removing it. It literally took off the corner of our house.
“And just heaps of niggly little things that have popped up along the way.”
Danni said it was overcoming the problems that made a renovation so satisfying.
“It’s part of the challenge and it’s like running a hurdle race: you just have to jump over them to get to the finish line,” she said.
“Nothing will ever go smoothly and you just have to roll with it.”
As an interior decorator, Danni spends a lot of time working with her clients to achieve their ideal home and styling within the guidelines that they give her.
“Whilst I love working on my own home, the most gratifying thing for me is seeing the client’s face at the end of a project,” she said.
“Renovating my own home is my passion and hobby so working with a client with their deadlines and style is almost incomparable.
“None of what I do is work because when you love what you do, it just doesn’t feel like that. It’s all a challenge but it’s exciting.”
“I’VE GROWN UP WITH STYLES CHANGING REGULARLY BUT THIS HAMPTONS STYLE HAS STUCK. IT’S CLASSIC, TRADITIONAL AND TIMELESS.”