FROM HER­ITAGE TO HAMP­TONS

DANNI MOR­RI­SON WEL­COMES US IN­SIDE HER OWN PER­SONAL OA­SIS OF STYLE

Life & Style Weekend - - MAGAZINE | COVER STORY - WORDS: SARAH DIONY­SIUS

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.”

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