Mother to Lilly, 11, and Jake, eight, Tracy is the creative eye behind Mayfinn’s barefoot perfection. She regularly blocks out dates on the calendar to get her holiday house fill, and for the rest of the time the house is open to others who can call it their home away from home – on a short-term basis, of course.
Built on a vacant block and lined with James Hardie Scyon cladding in Colorbond Surfmist, the second house is the ultimate lifestyle investment. There’s loads of storage for easy unpacking, and plentiful decorating and design ideas that capture an easy style – which puts the entire family in an instant holiday mood.
A Salt.Life artwork from Zoe Young sets a relaxed tone from the minute you cross the threshold and speaks of sunny days spent at the beach.
In a holiday home, the kitchen is the social heart where friends and family gather to cook and hang out. Good storage helps Tracy and her guests to hit the ground running when they arrive for the weekend. With deep drawers for plates on one side, and cupboards for glasses on the other, the breakfast bench, adds Tracy, is an important part of the kitchen. “We love it,” she says. “It’s a really good working space and, even though we have a dining table, everyone ends up congregating around the benchtop.” The rustic stools from Rabbit Trap Timber balance the slick Smartstone benches.
"It’s about getting back to basics when everyday life is so hectic. This home is where we come together to build memories"Tracy
Tracy chose raw textures and a neutral base that allow carefully selected coloured pieces to shine. “I just wanted the look raw and organic,” she says. “I love a white palette with a few elements that pop.” Tracy had this divine eight-seater dining table custom-made, with plenty of room for games and long lunches, and went to Rabbit Trap Timber to source the replica ‘Wishbone’ dining chairs.
Plump furniture that begs to be collapsed into is a must in a holiday home, and this feather-filled lounge from Early Settler fits the bill perfectly. “The covers come off and can go in the wash,” explains Tracy. The holiday-maker added texture with a wall hanging from Barbara’s Storehouse, a teal rattan basket from Oz Design Furniture, a side table from Rabbit Trap Timber and a sisal rug. Cushion covers from Escape To Paradise live up to the brand’s name.
Builder: Matthew Williams. Book this holiday home here.
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