LEAFY RE­TREAT:

a stylish oa­sis by the beach

The Australian Women's Weekly - - Contents -

When cre­at­ing a home that’s per­sonal and mean­ing­ful, it’s a good idea to look to your own ori­gins for design cues. For Ur­sula van Schoonhoven (pic­tured), owner of House of Or­ange fur­ni­ture and home­wares store and dis­trib­u­tor of Dutch brand HK Liv­ing, it’s the merg­ing of Aus­tralian and Dutch de­signs that leads her dec­o­rat­ing choices. Ur­sula grew up in Mel­bourne with her Fin­nish mother and Dutch father, and met her hus­band Hans in Am­s­ter­dam. Hard­work­ing pieces that are beau­ti­ful in their sim­plic­ity are at the core of Dutch design, as well as Ur­sula’s home and shop. “There’s a raw­ness, an hon­esty – a lovely im­per­fect feel­ing,” Ur­sula says. As well as run­ning their busi­nesses, Ur­sula and Hans ren­o­vate and dec­o­rate beach houses for clients. Af­ter three years fo­cus­ing on other people’s get­aways, they de­cided it was time to do their own. When they came across a baby blue-painted, beige-car­peted 1980s home, it was a mir­a­cle they didn’t run in the opposite di­rec­tion. In­stead, Ur­sula knew it was the one.

“It was so stuck in 1985, but the bones were fan­tas­tic – it had a tim­ber façade, high ceil­ings and a gor­geous front deck.” The pro­ject took 12 weeks, with Ur­sula re­ly­ing on her favoured tri­fecta – fresh paint, new floors and light­ing – to over­haul the place. The beach house cel­e­brates how Aus­tralian and Dutch design mesh to­gether so beau­ti­fully. “Both coun­tries have mas­tered the per­fect blend of simple de­signs with a mix of tex­tures and a real earth­i­ness.”

FROM REAL LIV­ING’S NEAR THE BEACH, $59.95, AVAIL­ABLE IN BOOKSHOPS OR AT MAGSHOP. COM.AU.

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