Stunning Australian Hamptons Style Home

Stunning Australian Hamptons Style Home

If you love Hamptons style mixed with clean & contemporary Australian living then this is the perfect house for you to swoon over.

This beautiful home belongs to a client of mine who started her own blog about designing and building their families “forever” home.

I worked with them to create the exterior colour scheme. It is one of my all time favourite exterior projects and it looks even better in real life.  Another client recently sent a picture of this house to me as her inspiration, not realising it was one of my schemes {what a lovely compliment}. The owners have had wonderful feedback on the exterior colours.

{I will add more exterior photos on the end of the post}

 Louise, the owner and professional photographer {check out her amazing work here} has a great sense of style and proportion. It is the attention to detail, like the trellis wallpaper and the X inserts in the sideboard above that take each space from beautiful to fabulous.  The symmetry of the two lamps is balanced well by the round mirror.

And then there is the kitchen…. sigh


It is quality over quantity in this kitchen.  Simple but sophisticated, again with attention to details. The use of dark wood, marble, stone and white cabinetry give the kitchen that Hampton style, but the hero of the kitchen are those glass hurricane pendants.


They have nailed the bench seating with Thonet Bentwood bar stools in dark wood.  They slip  under the bench top not causing any visual impact and blend seamlessly into the island cabinetry.

A slab of Carrara Marble was used as the splash back with the bench tops in stone. Its great to see a mix of materials and always a great idea if you love a slab or marble but not big enough to do your whole kitchen. Some people prefer the more hard wearing engineered stone on their kitchen worktops.


Large dining table works perfectly for entertaining and everyday meals for this family of 5. The Bentwood chairs continue the dark wood theme and elegant style.

The living room ticks all the boxes, comfort, style, texture and great furniture arrangement. If you have ever wondered how to position a rug in your living room, this is an ideal example.  A living room rug should always be present where ever your feet fall when sitting on a sofa.  The rug should be positioned at least under the front feet if not back a 1/3 under the sofa. It should also come out to the side (10cm + is ideal)

Louise has added a few touches of blue and green with cushions & objects on the shelves. The room is awash with neutrals but the dark rug and sandstone tiled fireplace anchor this space.

This gorgeous master bedroom repeats the fresh colour palette of the home, taupes, whites, timber and blues.  Love the colour and style of this bedhead, it sums up the feel of this space, stylish, elegant and timeless.

Here are some more images of the exterior to get a look at a few more angles.

What a gorgeous home!

Just for the record, the left side wall is the same colour as the render under the windows, its just a shadow.

? All photography by Louise Treacy Photography

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This Beach Cottage Is The Perfect Mix Of Coastal & Classic Style

This Beach Cottage Is The Perfect Mix Of Coastal & Classic Style

Beach cottage style designs are becoming trendier these days maybe because of the influence of Social Media. There are so many elements to love about this house. The fresh beachside cottage feel, lashing of white inside, classic styling and so many clever design ideas.

A marble slab was installed under the kitchen window and creates a great servers and bar area. No need to have bifold windows as long as you can open your kitchen windows out or up, you can create an instant bar.

Outdoor servery kitchen window marble benchtop

This house is the ideal holiday home, overlooking the ocean and sleeps 12!  Originally featured in House Beautiful (USA) Magazine back in 2012, this beachside cottage proves it has timeless appeal.

In the dining room the banquette seating with ample storage underneath also moonlights as a guest bed. If you would like to recreate this style in your home, check out the Shop This Look at the end of the post.

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The nautical styling is not too kitsch and seems to be balanced by a some modern industrial elements. What caught my eye in this kitchen is the great use of a chalkboard under the high bench with stools.

kitchen with retro oven in Californian Seaside cottage

The owners had a fridge custom made by an Antique Vintage Appliances to look like and old ice chest.  The dutch door is another interesting feature in the kitchen.

Retro icebox refrigerator-marble-countersin cottage kitchen

Two fabulous ideas from the image below. They have used two different types of paint finishes on the boards, one gloss and one flat. Not sure if its the same paint colour but because the reflective quality is different it would create the look of varying colours.

The other design idea I absolutely love is the use of the antique roller world map that is used to cover the TV when not in use….genius

Vintage poster used to cover TV

Bunk beds are essential in a holiday home. These have been styled to appeal to both kids and adults. The curtains on the bunks provide privacy but also echo the porthole theme. Using grommets of various sizes and metals is a clever design element.

coastal built in quad bunks

Metal lockers for guests keep their personal items in the bathroom. A great example of the successful mix of nautical and industrial styling.

bathroom nautical theme in holiday house

The downstairs living room uses some industrial style metal crates that have been turned upside down to become coffee tables

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The exterior shingles the colour of driftwood, french inspired linen tablecloth, metal stools and
the ocean behind make this a deck styled to perfection. Hope this house has provided some great ideas and inspiration for your home or holiday abode.

To help you create this look in your home I have created a “Shop This Look” below.


Shop This Look - Coastal holiday home

1/ Cushions 2/ Linen Tablecloth 3/ Pendant Light 4/ Tolix Stool 5/ Table 6/ Chairs 7/ Tea Towel 8/ Chest 9/ Tray

You Can Live In Your Own Hamptons Style Guest House

You Can Live In Your Own Hamptons Style Guest House

Wouldn’t you agree that there are times you wish you are somewhere enjoying summer? One place I know that could be on you list is probably a Hamptons guest house.  With its vibrant ambiance, cool feel and happy vibes you might want to have some in your own home.



On a chilly winter night, here is some summer inspiration.



What an amazing pool / guest house. If you had this beauty in the backyard you would (a) never get your guests to leave and (b) always have somewhere for your teenagers to hang out.



Love that polka dot rug and the wainscoting (panelled walls), loft sleeping area, porthole window, open shelving in the kitchen……etc. I adore all of it!

image via Houzz
Hamptons Style House, Nantucket Island.

Hamptons Style House, Nantucket Island.

Hamptons style decorating has gained quite a following.  I adore it because it transcends to fit an Australian home, here in Sydney where the weather is hot in summer and pretty mild in winter.  You can take elements from this interior style and put into your home because it really is a timeless classic style.

Best of all you don’t need to live by the sea to use this style of decorating.  Its much more classic than beach or coastal style. This stunning home was designed by Victoria Hagan and it is on Nantucket Island {just of the coast of Cape Cod, MA). Her style is amazing and definately worth a peek at her design portfolio.

I love love love that rug! The size, the clean graphic pattern and the colours.

Oh where do I begin with this kitchen…. the details are amazing.  The painted timber ceiling, those pendant lights and the fabulous french bistro type dining chairs.  This is a great kitchen to use as inspiration as it is not too big and the design is totally acheivable

Simplicity and consistancy. The colour palette, white, wood, taupe and blue.

Doesn’t make you want to run out and paint your house white! Well I am off to source a rug just like this one in the living room….if any one has any suggestions please contact me.

The stylish Bahamas home of India Hicks

The stylish Bahamas home of India Hicks

We all have dreamed of owning a  beautiful island house that will serve as an escape from the busy life in the city or the chaos of our daily lives.  But the good thing is that we can always look for style inspiration and pick up a thing or two. Put this on your list of nice island houses and consider it for your next renovation.

This is a totally fabulous dream house that belongs to India Hicks & her husband David Flint-Wood.  They live on Harbour Island in the Bahamas {sigh} and have a number of properties that they created into the most dreamy homes, full of white and island style.

Best of all they have 3 properties they rent so you can stay in these gorgeous abodes.

Here is the Guesthouse on Hibiscus Hill.


Wood paneling is always best painted out in a crisp white! Note the door frames are in a dark wood which make them pop against the white walls.

Simple & elegant styling means not overdoing a “theme”. They have shells and boats but its not overdone.



Its the use of materials that really brings the island style. Rattan furniture, linen cushions and soft flowing white fabric in the bedroom. Simple & stylish – I don’t think you can ever go wrong with this formula.

White + Dark Wood + Neutral = Island Style




A heavenly white bed and mostly white room that is grounded by the dark wood furniture. I love an all white bed. Always feels like your staying in a 5 star hotel.




I can almost feel the breeze on my face.  This house is stunning.



Painted white deck floors! They look fab.


I hope you enjoyed a peak at this house, its one of my all time favourites and a great inspiration for any of you that are renovating old Queenslanders.



 Home Beautiful featured a gorgeous home in Sydney’s Northern beaches just recently.  I love the neutral palette & softness of this home. These dining chairs are from Coco Republic and the fab kitchen lighting from Magins

Now who wouldn’t love to curl up in this soft blue chair with a new issue of your fav mag! Baskets are scattered throughout my home as a way to keep toys accessible while keeping the room clutter free. You can never have enough in a house that is full of children.

This nursery below was the inspiration for my on baby boys room, soft taupe’s and blues are a fantastic combination for boys.

Keeping with that neutral theme, the owners have opted for a stunning mosaic tile rather than an all white bathroom.

Every great home needs an outdoor room to spend warm evenings entertaining and to spend lazy weekends reading the papers.  Just adore this light pendant!