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A dreamy Palm Springs style abode made for family living

A young Brisbane Bayside family have found happiness is living by the water and creating a dream home every few years.
A white and timber coastal style kitchen with a fluted timber island.Photography: Mindi Cooke / Styling: Kylie Jackes

Some dread the prospect of building and the myriad decisions involved, but for Brisbane couple Rebecca and Matthew it’s a process they’ve always embraced and thoroughly enjoy, having built four homes over 10 years.

An outdoor alfresco dining area with a timber dining table and chandelier.
Lifestyle was front of mind when Brisbane couple Rebecca and Matthew pooled ideas for their family home. With one renovation and three previous builds behind them, they knew what they wanted in terms of functionality and sought the expertise of Lauren Pearse of Rylo Co to work on the interiors. In the outdoor entertaining area, La Maison ‘Malawi’ chairs surround a ‘Marina Coast’ dining table from Globe West. (Photography: Mindi Cooke / Styling: Kylie Jackes)

“My dad is a builder, so growing up that’s what we did. Dad built our family home, sold it and we moved and did it all again,” recalls Rebecca. Despite moving countless times as a child, it was never far with the family always living by the water in Raby Bay, just south of Brisbane.

Who lives here?

Rebecca, a stay-at-home mum; husband Matthew, a plumber and owner of Insink Plumbing and their children, Bailey, nine, Connor, six, and Hudson, two.
Favourite furniture piece? Rebecca: “The bone inlay tables in our bedroom. I’ve always wanted them.”
Biggest splurge? “Definitely the pool, it’s larger than our previous ones and we had it fully tiled with coloured initials of our house name White Haven in the bottom of the pool.”
Anything you’d do differently? “We’d add a sink in the barbecue area and an Insinkerator in the butler’s pantry. They’re on the list for next time.”

A white, coastal style entry console with a peach pastel lamp and white vase.
The Coast to Coast ‘Jimena’ mirror reflects the asymmetrical pattern of Annie Coop ‘Malibu’ fabric on the lampshade. ‘London’ console from Rylo Co Collection. (Photography: Mindi Cooke / Styling: Kylie Jackes)

It was a lifestyle Rebecca loved and now with her own family with Matthew, the couple and their three young children Bailey, Connor and Hudson, still live in the same area where she grew up – with her parents and her two brothers’ homes within streets of each other. “Matthew and I both love being by the water and it’s how we wanted to bring up our children, spending weekends out on the boat or jet ski, fishing and crabbing,” says Rebecca.

A white and pastel pink mudroom.
A drop zone for school and sporting paraphernalia, which is stored in custom cabinetry in Porters Paints Lamb’s Wool, the mudroom has a bench seat upholstered in 3 Beaches ‘Wisteria’ fabric in Cherry Blossom. (Photography: Mindi Cooke / Styling: Kylie Jackes)

Snapping up a large double canal block three years ago, the couple quickly enlisted their dream team, entrusting Evermore+ with the design and build and Rylo Co interior designer Lauren Pearse with the interior selections. “We’ve worked with Lauren twice previously and with each home we’ve done something different,” explains Rebecca. “Here, I wanted a coastal meets Palms Springs feel with pastel colours and what Lauren came up with was amazing,” she says of the light, bright scheme imbued with soft putty pinks, architectural curves, poppy art and splashes of patterned wallpaper and fabrics.

The kid's playroom with pastel blue and pink chairs and a tropical artwork.
In the kids playroom, a colourful Sage x Clare ‘Juno Beni’ rug anchors a Rylo Co Collection ‘Clayton’ table. (Photography: Mindi Cooke / Styling: Kylie Jackes)

While the couple gave Lauren creative freedom with the interiors, their experience building meant they had a clear idea for the layout and wish list of inclusions. Keen for a lower-maintenance easy-living home than their previous builds, the big block allowed space to spread out on a single level with a U-shaped design wrapping around a central green area, with an open-plan kitchen and living area flowing out onto an alfresco and pool decked out for entertaining year-round. “With three kids, you can never have enough storage, so incorporating hidden areas for things was a big part of the design,” explains Rebecca.

Living area

Beyond beautiful pairings of fabric and furnishings, practicalities also drove many of the selections from the robust tiled floors throughout, to sofas with slipcovers. “As a family home with three young children, Lauren really considered the day-to-day suitability of selections and was able to make some of our existing furniture work within a completely new scheme,” adds Rebecca of pieces which were reshaped and reupholstered.

A coastal style living room with pink pastel chairs and rattan tables.
Rather than compete for attention, a Miss Amara rug is almost camouflaged on the tiled floor yet provides lovely softness underfoot and grounds a Rylo Co Collection ‘Bronson’ coffee table. The couple’s existing furniture pieces including a pineapple lamp and MRD rattan console meld seamlessly. (Photography: Mindi Cooke / Styling: Kylie Jackes)

Against simple white walls in Dulux Lexicon Half, pops of pale pink were inspired by ‘Sidney’ slip sofas in Soft Clay from Globe West. A mix of muted Walter G and custom cushions add pattern, with interesting shapes introduced via an arch side table from Urban Road. Whenever the family wants to soften the abundance of natural light which streams into the space, sheer curtains from Curtain Elegance gently dim sparkling water views.

A pink pastel living area with soft round chairs and a rattan coffee table.
Two Oz Design Furniture ‘Munich’ swivel chairs in a delicate pale pink are a feature of the living area. Custom timber shelves, by Superior Cabinets & Design, are adorned with treasured family photos, mementos, ceramics and table lamps from Rylo Co Collections. Emac & Lawton ‘Cloudy Bay’ wall lights in Antique Brass shine an ambient spotlight after dark and add a sophisticated touch to the space. Cabinetry below provides storage and conceals a sound system. (Photography: Mindi Cooke / Styling: Kylie Jackes)

Dining area

Timber ribbed detailing in the kitchen island is reflected in the Globe West ‘Benjamin’ Ripple oval dining table in Natural Ash paired with chairs sourced through Rylo Co. A giant vase Lauren selected complements the vast scale of the soaring raked ceilings.

A coastal style dining area with a fluted timber table and white chairs.
The shell wall hanging was a housewarming present bought overseas by Rebecca’s mum. (Photography: Mindi Cooke / Styling: Kylie Jackes)


Central within the home and daily life, the kitchen has contemporary curves and a timeless, neutral palette.

A white and timber coastal style kitchen with a fluted timber island.
Abide Interiors bar stools complement the pairing of white and timber tones, while Lo & Co hardware, Brodware ‘Yokato’ tapware and a ‘Trilogy’ horizontal pendant from Articolo Studios, punctuate the space with a luxe brushed brass lustre. (Photography: Mindi Cooke / Styling: Kylie Jackes)
An arched inset bar area with timber shelves.
A bar niche provides a vibrant backdrop to the living area and looks like an extension of the kitchen. (Photography: Mindi Cooke / Styling: Kylie Jackes)

Ribbed overhead cabinetry in 2-pac Porter’s Paints Lamb’s Wool adds to the texture on the island enveloped in Porta timber panelling, adorned in Stone Ambassador White Truffle benchtops.

A coastal kitchen with white fluted cabinetry and a fluted timber island.
The family often gather around the kitchen island on Abide Interiors stools. (Photography: Mindi Cooke / Styling: Kylie Jackes)

Using the same large-format travertine-look floor tile everywhere apart from bedrooms, creates a seamless feel. “I had timber floors in my last two homes but chose tiles this time and I’d never go back,” says Rebecca. “They’re great with young children as they’re so easy to clean and so robust.” ‘Newstone’ tiles in Bianco Natural. edgetiles.com.au.

We love… fabulous floors
A coastal white kitchen looking into the laundry room.
A must-have design feature for Rebecca was a laundry and butler’s pantry connected to the kitchen. “It makes life so much easier,” she says of the spaces which flow on from one another. “As a mum, I’m forever washing and cooking so having them close together makes multi-tasking far more efficient.” (Photography: Mindi Cooke / Styling: Kylie Jackes)
A timber butler's shelf with marble wall tiles.
Additional shelf and bench space in the butler’s pantry allows for easy out-of-sight prep when the couple are entertaining. (Photography: Mindi Cooke / Styling: Kylie Jackes)

Main bedroom

The look for the main bedroom was inspired by bone inlay side tables Rebecca had wanted for years. “I just love their look,” she says of the chest of drawers from Ruby Star Traders, which holds a Globe West ‘Lorne Globe’ table lamp customised with a Walter G fabric shade.

A pastel bedroom with peach wallpaper, patterned drawers and blue bed linen.
The back wall features Elworthy Studio ‘Sedona’ wallpaper in Clay sourced from Style Revolutionary. (Photography: Mindi Cooke / Styling: Kylie Jackes)

Lauren reimagined the couple’s existing furniture and had their rectangular bedhead reshaped into a curve and recovered in Zepel ‘Fontaine’ fabric in Oat.

The main bedroom and walk-in robe with an arched doorway.
A Walter G ‘St Tropez’ quilt creates a summery feel in the main bedroom. (Photography: Mindi Cooke / Styling: Kylie Jackes)
A white textured daybed below a landscape artwork.
A Globe West ‘June Slope’ daybed adds texture to the main bedroom. (Photography: Mindi Cooke / Styling: Kylie Jackes)

Main ensuite

High-end hotel luxury was channelled with a curved ensuite wall, which wraps around a freestanding circular Decina ‘Florencia’ bath. “I’d seen the curved wall in a project and absolutely loved it, so wanted to do something similar,” Rebecca says of the spa-like zone accessorised with a Brodware ‘Yokato’ bath mixer and a Rylo Co pendant.

A luxury ensuite with a freestanding circular bath and beaded pendant.
‘Newstone’ tiles from Edge Tile + Stone used elsewhere in the house flow across the floor and up the wall in the shower. (Photography: Mindi Cooke / Styling: Kylie Jackes)

“I love the look of the curved tiled wall and it doubles as a screen for the shower, doing away with the need for glass.”

– Rebecca
The ensuite with a fluted timber vanity and arched mirror.
In the main ensuite the curved entrance punctuates vanities on either side. The winning combo includes Stone Ambassador White Truffle tops on custom vanities with fluted basins and Brodware ‘Yokato’ tapware. ‘Fizi’ sconces from Articolo Studios. (Photography: Mindi Cooke / Styling: Kylie Jackes)

Connor’s bedroom

Connor’s room combines a mix of patterns and prints from the Thibaut ‘Bankun Raffia’ wallpaper in Biscuit to the custom upholstered bedhead in Echo Textiles ‘Painted Diamonds’ fabric in Olive/Denim and bespoke bench seat, lamp shade and cushions in Cloth and Print Co ‘Ofa’ fabric in Navy sourced from Style Revolutionary.

A coastal style kids bedroom with natural woven bedside drawers, a patterned upholstered bedhead and a surf artwork.
Rylo Co Collection ‘Gresham’ chests add texture either side of the bed, which is topped in Bed Threads linen and a Walter G throw. The surfboard print is from Warranbrooke. (Photography: Mindi Cooke / Styling: Kylie Jackes)

Bailey’s bedroom

To futureproof the children’s bedrooms, they all feature built-in desks, bench seats for lounging and double beds. Bailey’s room features a custom lamp shade in Rylo Co Collection ‘Elsie’ fabric and Thibaut ‘St Thomas’ wallpaper.

A pastel kids bedroom with patterned linen, white woven drawers and a pink lamp.
The custom lamp shade in Rylo Co Collection ‘Elsie’ fabric. (Photography: Mindi Cooke / Styling: Kylie Jackes)

Hudson’s bedroom

Hudson’s room is more sophisticated than the average two-year-old with an Adairs ‘Swansea’ bedhead in Natural.

A kids bedroom with a rattan style bedhead and blue wallpaper.
The Adairs ‘Swansea’ bedhead in Natural. (Photography: Mindi Cooke / Styling: Kylie Jackes)

Pool area

A smooth 10-month project from start to finish, the family have just enjoyed their second summer in the house and couldn’t be happier with its family-friendly feel and functionality – whether they’re in the pool, out on the canal, entertaining in the alfresco area, or having a putt on the mini 4-hole course incorporated along one side of the house.

The pool area with a round daybed and festoon lights.
Throughout summer, the pool is in constant use morning to night, as it’s the perfect splash zone for the family of five. A joint effort by builder Evermore+ and Matthew’s business Insink Plumbing, it doubles as a lounge zone with sofas from Uniqwa and gives off party vibes at night with festoon lights. (Photography: Mindi Cooke / Styling: Kylie Jackes)

“I can’t put my finger on exactly what it is, maybe it’s the colours and all the homely layers, but so many of our family and friends comment that they feel really relaxed here and don’t want to leave,” says Rebecca. “Our cleaner says when she walks through the door it feels like the home gives her a big hug.” Just as its namesake White Haven, it’s a true sanctuary.

An outdoor pool area with wicker style armchairs and an umbrella.
“As we had a larger block than our previous places, we were able to create a bigger pool which we love and it’s solar heated so we can use it year-round,” explains Rebecca. The large Business & Pleasure Co umbrella outdoors provides shade. (Photography: Mindi Cooke / Styling: Kylie Jackes)

Interior design: Rylo Co, (07) 3891 6795, rylo.com.au.
Drafting, Build, Pool: Evermore+, (07) 3899 7333, evermore.co.
Joinery: Superior Cabinets & Design, (07) 3245 7712, superiorcabinets.com.au.
Plumbing: Insink Plumbing, 1300 0467 465, insinkplumbing.com.au.


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