Category: Coastal Style

Decorating Around the World: Easy Living in Australia

It’s mid-winter at New England, and I’m craving the sunshine and wide open space of Australia. Pulling notions from sleek, architect-designed houses and bloggers’ abodes with this personal touch, there is something to tempt every taste.

Come with me on this virtual tour of new, inspired houses from Brisbane to Melbourne, and make sure you wait for the next in this new show when we explore the ingenious apartments of Amsterdam!

Olive & pleasure

This coastal Sanctuary Cove home has a perfect balance of mid-century pieces and new handmade accents. A zing of lemon zest is just the thing to awaken an interior filled with warm woods and white, and a graphic print is always a welcome touch.

Camilla Molders Design

Vibrant aqua paired with red, dark wood and weathered pendant lights makes a bold statement in this Port Melbourne kitchen designed by Camilla Molders. The large windows let in a flood of light in the gardens and invite you to take your meal outside.

Beach Vintage

Take a cue from Brisbane-based blogger Beach Vintage and frame a collection of classic swimming costumes. It’s quirky and charming and would certainly make any guest grin! Or, put your own twist on it by framing whatever private mementos you’ve got available; matchbooks or coasters from holidays would have a graphic allure when framed in a grid.

Sam Crawford Architects

This Sydney home has that indoor-outdoor living thing nailed. French doors leading onto a patio? Check. Cool, modern seating, outdoor fireplace and spacious yard? Check, check and check!

This Melbourne kitchen is a Mid-Century Modern lover’s dream. Eames chairs, a marble-topped Saarinen dining table, and groovy wallpaper that echoes the design of the timeless pendant lighting.

A Beach Cottage

This porch in Sydney is indeed warm, it makes me want to kick off my shoes and settle in with a heap of new design magazines and an icy drink.

Here is a very simple look to recreate in the home: collect a few classic furniture locates (leaving a few with Engineered timber and giving other pieces a lick of white paint), toss in a few striped cushions plus a row of Ikea lanterns, and you’re set!

A Beach Cottage

The beachy vibe continues into the bedroom of the Sydney home, with classic trunks painted white standing at as a bedside table, a linen-covered director’s seat, and old fashioned bedstead. Fresh flowers in a pitcher include a hint of color and create a welcoming mood.

Sam Crawford Architects

Sydney-based architect Sam Crawford created a sense of free flowing movement between inside and outside by installing a wall of windows and large open door in this home. And I really like the floor-to-ceiling bookshelves with library ladder; what a great use of vertical space!

Sam Crawford Architects

An opinion of the same home at the day shows how the space flows effortlessly from 1 end to another. The big, open area keeps from feeling at all cold through the usage of chunky wooden beams, warm tones in the concrete flooring, and aged brick on the exterior.

Secret Gardens

Secret Gardens of Sydney is a creative landscape design company, and if you’re looking for outdoor inspiration, their portfolio is a great place to start. Note how they’ve replicated the color in the flowers in the foreground in the striped cushions of their outdoor armchair above. I know I’ll be maintaining this tip in mind whilst updating my porch this spring!

Sweet William

Paula Mills resides in a sunny Melbourne home full of thrifty locates and handmade flair. I really like the quirky mix inside this dining area; in the classic table and seats to the eclectic artwork display, it’s inviting and creative.

Every area in blogger and designer Vivian Mansour’s Sydney home is covetable, but I am drawn to her kitchen first and foremost. The open plan, large windows, and beautiful tile function create a clean, spacious feel, while the only wallpaper accent adds a more lively note.

Olive & pleasure

Julie of the beautiful website Olive & Joy is a new mother and internet shop owner. I’m completely smitten with Julie’s home, which is located on the coast in Sanctuary Cove.

Her style runs towards blank Mid-Century Modern discovers and graphic artwork, all kept within a rather strict color palette of black and white, charcoal and orange yellowish. I really like the classic bus roll hung on the wall !

Olive & pleasure

That attracts our excursion of Aussie style into a close, but I would really like to hear from you.

Tell us: That was your favorite space? What do you think of when you think of Australian style? Did you find any ideas here you would like to use in your home?

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