Lucy Unveils Her Household Seashore Shack (That You Can Keep In Too!)

It’s a well-recognized story. ‘We’ll simply renovate the kitchen and the lavatory’ we mentioned. That was twelve months in the past, and it’s protected to say, we acquired a bit of carried away.

My husband Gordon and I had been vaguely on the lookout for a doer-upper someplace close to the seashore, and when this place got here up, my coronary heart skipped a beat. I don’t know why – it simply felt proper from the second I noticed it. It was in very primary situation, but it surely was additionally instantly practical – and that was a giant a part of the attraction. We wished a spot we might put our stamp on, and with Gordy’s expertise (he’s a cabinetmaker/furnishings designer) we felt assured we might make this place fairly cute.

We began out re-designing the inner format — the bedrooms have remained roughly intact, however the kitchen and loo have been pokey and never very practical, so needed to be reworked. As soon as we had mapped out a brand new floorplan, it made sense to interchange all of the floorboards too (we went with Wooden Coat Australia oak boards — love them!), and since we have been shifting a couple of partitions, we ended up rebuilding virtually all the inner partitions aswell.

Our first precedence was the kitchen. The earlier one was simply so tiny, with no area for a contemporary fridge or dishwasher. I had some basic concepts (a up to date, minimalist ‘shaker’ type design), however ultimately, all of it got here right down to Gordy. He designed and constructed the kitchen cupboards in American Oak, and actually, he did such a great job! It’s essentially the most good kitchen for the area — relaxed and minimal, but extraordinarily sensible and a pleasure to prepare dinner in. Go Gordy!

Then there’s the lavatory. My favorite room in the home! I used to be decided to be decisive in my picks right here, I didn’t have time to go round visiting numerous showrooms, so I settled on simply two key suppliers. I discovered all of the tiles (each wall and ground) at Artedomus, utilizing ‘in inventory’ as my essential choice standards. The ground-to-ceiling tiling was a little bit of a splurge I have to admit, however we felt an all-over ‘moist room’ made a variety of sense for a seashore shack. For all of the tapware, sinks and the bathtub, I went to Reece. They have been actually wonderful, and I used to be simply grateful to get every part in a single place! The completion on this room is the ‘Pinch’ wall mild by Kate Stokes for Artedomus — it emits such a stunning glow and simply seems like the right textural assertion piece.

One other spotlight of the renovation is the wooden hearth — Gordy’s satisfaction and pleasure! The home already had an previous Coonara wooden hearth once we acquired it, however because the renovation progressed we felt the necessity to improve to a extra up to date design (see ‘getting carried away’, above!). We selected the Siena 750 from Residing Hearth as a result of its 4-sided design works so effectively within the open-plan format,  it seems to be nice from each angle, and heats the entire home so successfully. It truly is the center of the house!

What hasn’t modified is the lovable scale of this place. It’s small! We didn’t wish to lengthen or add any additional rooms, as a result of the modest footprint (its round 90 sq. metres) is a giant a part of its appeal. Greater is just not all the time higher!

Except for the renovations, in fact, there’s the styling — the straightforward bit! Over the previous few weeks I’ve tried to inject a bit of ‘TDF-flavour’ into the place with a smattering of artwork and objects by a few of our favorite native artists and creatives, together with Might Wokka Chapman (by way of Martumili artists), Lucy Roleff, Susan Simonini, Tais Rose Wae, Gemma Leslie, Marina Rolfe, Tantri Mustika and Ella Reweti, Sophie Harle and Belinda Wiltshire.

Lastly, the backyard. We have been fortunate to work with Mornington Peninsula-based panorama designer Jo Ferguson on our entrance backyard — she has the magic contact! It’s nonetheless in its early levels, however the backyard will develop right into a layered, textural area over the following yr or so. In the future, we’ll panorama the again backyard too, however for now, it’s a children wonderland, a giant garden full with cubby home, sandpit and swing set set amongst the flexible moonah timber.

Constructing this place with Gordy and complete host of gifted helpers (Huw, Nick, Adam, Simon, Jo – THANKYOU!) has been essentially the most rewarding challenge, and now it’s time to share it round a bit. We’re excited to open it up for brief time period stays, from at this time! Silvermoon now has it’s personal fancy web site (thankyou a lot Annie Portelli, Eve Wilson and Kate Shanasy for the gorgeous images) and we’re accepting bookings from July 1. We will’t wait to share it with you!

You may e book to remain at Silvermoon right here!