Welcome to our humble home which we fondly call The Beach Shack. It’s filled with so many favourite things I’ve collected over the years. I thought you may like to see how a stylist gets by with a very easy going husband Grant (He is a photographer and took these pics), two beautiful adventurous boys, Harrison and Wilkie. Plus The Taylor Ladies, our chickens, also known as Rebel, French Toast, Dippy Egg and Fluffy .
The beach sign was painted by Harrison and he is so proud of it. We keep all of our beach gear including towels at the entrance ready for a quick walk to the beach. This photograph of Harrison is a favourite. The crown was made at nursery to celebrate the royal wedding in London.
The Living Room
The purple Fritz Hansen chair was my very first furniture purchase at Camden Stables in London. It has been calling out to be reupholstered for a long time but I also love that it is the original fabric. I keep changing my mind on colour. The pink spotty cushion is by Mrs Darcy. The shelves are home to some of our favourite books, old family photos, Grant’s Polaroid Land camera and other things collected from all over the place . The art above the chair is by Banksy. We spent our first five years just off Regent Street in London and had a permanent golf sale sign on the corner for most of that time. We then moved to Brick Lane as Banksy was starting to make a name in the area. It reminds us of good times in London. The numbers art is by Ben Eine.
I love that we have a wood fireplace in the beach shack. It’s not needed very often here in Perth but I use the mantle to put my vases by Have you met Miss Jones and some cuttings or branches from the garden. The wooden pulley to the left is either from a West End theatre or a ship. We have never gotten to the bottom of that story. The wooden stool is from Empire Homes. The artwork above the fireplace is by Xenz and was a gift from Grant.
Grant’s Mum on her Vespa. She belonged to the Vespa club back then and used to dink Grant’s Dad around.
The sideboard is a G-plan from Islington in London. It has moved to every house and we make it work because we love it. On the sideboard is another piece of art by Xenz, a drawing of the Easter bunny on a blackboard by Harrison, some old photos, a glass dome from Empire, some old science vessels and a Concorde model from a travel agent. Grant loves Concorde and you will see there is a few pieces of Concorde paraphernalia around the house including the framed stamp sheets above the sideboard from its first launch in 1969. I try and bring as many plants into the house as I can keep alive. The white basket is by Mediterranean Markets.
I have been looking for the perfect bed head for years and finally decided to get an inexpensive wooden one from Ikea and paint it bright yellow. I really like it and it looks fantastic with this piece of oversized art by Spacecraft. The artwork reminds me of Melbourne, our home town. This piece was from Empire. On the bed is a cushion by my good friend Shanie at Etoile Home. The breakfast tray was from Habitat. Nothing beats the occasional Sunday breakfast in bed.
This armoire was bought on eBay France for our home in London. We still have the place there and it is quite different to the beach shack. Our home in London is quite monochromatic. The beach life seems to have brought out my colourful side. The orange dress is from Morrison. They have become my uniform since moving to Perth. I have this one in black also and call it my every second day dress.
Some nice products, a bit of white paint and plants brighten up this very basic bathroom.
I do a lot of cooking for work when I am styling on food photo shoots. When my husband first sent me pictures of this house my first comment was “I need a better oven than that.” Fortunately there is another one and this one just adds charm to the old kitchen. I love a good blackboard for writing lists or when the kids need entertaining while I cook. The chopping boards are from House of Orange.
The Melbourne picture was purchased in Santa Barbara of course! It is a vintage travel agents poster and Grant’s grandfather looked after the gardens in the top of the picture when he first immigrated from Scotland. The vintage teapot is from a beautiful friend in London and the kettle was a gift from one of my favourite cousin. The Bialetti espresso maker forms part of Grant’s coffee making ritual along with the grinder to the right of the picture.
My best purchase since moving to Perth would have to be my Kitchen Aid. I used a hand held one for years but these are great for making cakes and so much more with the kids.
The Boys Bedroom
Some leftover Christmas decorations. Has anyone noticed I have a thing for yellow yet? The decanters are vintage that I’ve collected on my travels.
The Office and Playroom.
This side of the house is a series of wonky rooms that lead to the back door. I have filled the walls with photographs, postcards, children’s artwork and inspiration from my work and travels. The cushions in the back room are by Bonnie and Neil.
The wire shelves with plants and toys in them are by Mediterranean Markets. The outdoor shower is ideal for keeping some of the sand outside of the house. This ones from Freedom and connects up to a hose. People ask how I get the herbs growing so well. Um! I tip the grey water from the washing machine onto them when I remember. They seem to thrive in this beautiful Perth weather with not much attention at all. I use them mostly to add a bit of greenery through the house.
The Taylor Ladies front door.
The boys love collecting the eggs from The Taylor Ladies. It is a good day when they get four eggs as it means we have enough to make brownies.
I am normally much more comfortable behind the scenes but this photo is very special to me.
The boys hanging out in the tree on the front lawn at sunset. I love these boys. This house has so much space for adventures. Wilkie spends hours digging in the sand pit or playing in the cubby house and we think there may also be pirates living right up the back in the sand dunes.
And that is the Beach Shack. She’s not the prettiest house on the block, but it works for us. I hope you enjoyed this post.