...to this! The owners drew up the plans for the renovation themselves to include a more roomy L-shaped kitchen in place of the former bathroom (above), at the same time giving the whole home an inviting new look. A crisp white palette now opens up the space, with the kitchen walls painted in Dulux White On White, a Laminex benchtop and cabinetry in Ash White, and light appliances that blend almost seamlessly with the joinery. Overhead, a simple open shelf makes a feature of the stylish kitchenware.
With a new open-plan layout, the dining area marries contemporary design with vintage charm. Different dining chairs have been collected and spray-painted white for a cohesive look, with a bold black one thrown in for good measure. Maintaining a tonal colour scheme allows pattern and texture to be incorporated, including mismatched cushions and ‘Habitat’ wire pendant lights from Beacon Lighting.
A porthole-style mirror adds a shapely touch, complementing the 'beachside resort' style of the bathroom. The shower base, found at a hardware store, came complete with a glass showerscreen and acrylic walls – a canny choice when working with a tight budget. Timber floorboards work perfectly in this space, adding a touch of coastal charm.
The crisp, Scandi-chic living room is a far cry from its previous look. The home’s pine floorboards had been miraculously preserved since the 1950s – a quick limewash was all that was needed to give them a modern update, while a cowhide rug provides a textural point of difference. A simple neutral scheme delivers a relaxed, airy feel. The fireplace, contained within a custom-made white cabinet, is a welcome addition on chilly nights.
The front-facing bedroom captures ocean glimpses and salty sea breezes through the timber louvre shutters. Like the rest of the interior, the bedroom is an intriguing mix of old and new, with an antique trestle table from New Zealand positioned alongside a zany rug and bold cushions; find similar at Kas Australia.
The divine teal green exterior is actually a relic of the original house which was refreshed by painting the door and window frames white to match a pair of replica Tolix stools in front of the kitchen window. The deck was extended to create a larger entertaining area, flanked by greenery.