04 February, 2017

A Fond Farewell






  Fond Farewell my Friends

Surprise, shock, horror - today is my last post!


After 5 years of this incredible journey exploring coastal style around the globe it is time for me to say good-bye and do other things like spend more time at the beach, entertaining on my deck, pottering in my garden, going on road trips with my husband and hopefully some travelling. It has been a lot of work and taken up almost all of my spare time but it has kept me happy and inspired especially through long, cold winters! It has provided me with lots of inspiration for renovating my beach house and helped me really understand my own personal style. I have loved connecting with like-minded coastal lovers from all over the world and exploring coastal homes and trends from every corner of the globe. Thank-you for following along and being a part of this amazing adventure - I hope my daily inspiration has put a smile on your face!

I would love you to pop by and say good-bye
(I have turned off comment moderation to make it easier)

Melissah xox

Photos: Matt Lord Photogrphy for Coastal Style
 
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03 February, 2017

Avalon Beach House - Part 2





Chic Coastal Style






Coastal Decor



Timeless Interior Design

With a pastel palette and natural materials,
 this light-filled home has become a dream made in coastal heaven!

Kate Bell of Kate Bell Design helped the owner realise her vision for the interior, the two worked closely together to create the finished result. The owner wanted a sense of flow and to maximise the view. She also wanted to use natural materials, including oak flooring and natural stone, teamed with calming, pale pastels. Kate says they didn’t want to create a beach house, but rather a home with a beachy feel, sophisticated but also warm and inviting. A sanctuary in harmony with its surrounds, with fluid, open-plan living spaces.

I love the end result, soothing and tranquil and although it is essentially traditional it also has elements that surprise us like the Moroccan-inspired laser cut screen at the entry, the soft green glass kitchen splashback tiles and the painted Chinese antique pieces. Classic architectural detailing, clean, contemporary furniture and raw, natural, textured finishes like sisal and wicker all sit in perfect harmony.

For more images from this stunning home, take a look at yesterday's post.

Melissah xox

Photos: Felix Forest via Homes to Love, moodboard, fashion story by Coastal Style

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02 February, 2017

Avalon Beach House | Part 1





Avalon Beach House





Seaside Chic 2



A waterfront sanctuary

Welcome to this Sydney family's Hamptons-style beachfront retreat.

The owners wanted a classic, timeless feel with a little bit of Europe and a little bit of the Hamptons ~ Piet Boon meets Ralph Lauren. 

Seafront living doesn’t get much better than this. With the wash of the waves just metres away, boatts bobbing on the water and bay-watch panoramas filling the floor-to-ceiling windows, this home on Sydney’s northern beaches lives and breathes it's prime position. Blessed with serene, light-soaked spaces, the home and the beach flow into one.

The renovation begins

“It’s like living on a boat,” says the owner. Albeit a very substantial and stylish one. But it wasn’t always like that – when the owners bought the property in 2008, a bland, two-storey house with little connection to the landscape occupied the secluded site on a cul-de-sac. But they could see the potential. They lived in the house for three years to get a feel for the light and how best to approach the renovation, then they virtually razed the building. Working with architects Gartner Torvato, they built a contemporary, two-storey home for themselves and their three daughters. 

For more gorgeous interior shots , check out tomorrow's post for part 2 of this story.


Melissah xox

Photos: Felix Forest via Homes to Love, moodboard & fashion story by Coastal Style

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01 February, 2017

Scandi By The Sea









Summer style






The Sunday Collector


She has worked on lavish sets for films like The Great Gatsby and TV shows like Underbelly. 
Now, Briar Stanley is keeping the credits rolling on her own interior design business and blog, 

Briar now spends most of her time working on residential projects for her design business, but she regularly finds parallels to her former working life dressing film sets. Over the past few years, she has worked on everything from a Hamptons style ‘mega’ home in Newport, to a rented, one bedroom apartment ... and everything in between!

She loves the variety, and tapping into the headspace of her clients. In a way, it’s very similar to taking a brief from a production designer or director – you research the script and the character, and work out how that ‘character’ likes to live.

Apart from family, Briar says her passion for home decorating reigns supreme. She describes her home on Sydney’s northern beaches as ‘Scandi by the beach’, with pops of fun colour. It’s a mixture of collected objects, furniture and art accumulated along the way. There are things she has had since she was a poor student mixed with designer pieces she has saved for. This gives the home a loved, lived-in feel.

Briar’s advice for creating a covetable home hinges on the gradual gathering of personal things while keeping clutter to a minimum – especially when sharing with kids. Everything in her home has its place, and she is constantly updating things and donating any unused / unwanted items to charity. She has a loose rule that when something new comes into the home, something should be donated. A clever piece of advice in my opinion!

While Briar is busy working on a whole range of interior design projects, her blog remains a constant source of inspiration for her and her readers. It is a creative mix of inspiring finds - spanning kids and motherhood to DIY, food and travel.

Melissah xox

Source: Adore Magazine, moodboard by Coastal Style

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