Byron Bay is a beach side town located on the east coast of Australia just south of Brisbane and well north of Sydney. With an eclectic mix of surfing, sophistication, and a big dose of bohemian culture, a thriving design scene has recently emerged. One of the most notable additions is the hip but laid back Byron Bay Atlantic, “a unique coastal estate of three original beach cottages that have been transformed into Caribbean styled plantation houses and joined by meandering sun bleached paths.”
It’s cold outside but why go out when you can grab a cup of coffee or hot cocoa with the kids and enjoy a little down time in your own slice of paradise? These days it’s out with the formal (and stuffy) living room and in with the casual eat-in kitchen/family room. Make the area where the family congregates for breakfast, snacks and even homework a cozy and stylish nook by incorporating a banquette (built-in bench). Have fun mixing and matching chairs with interesting upholstery to reflect your own personal chic style.
Aerin Lauder uses a breezy blue geometric patterned fabric on her chairs and banquette and personalizes the space with art and personal photos. Photos courtesy of Elle Decor.
If you’re looking for the perfectly designed beach house, there’s nothing more inspiring than the outdoors. Take cues from nature and bring elements of the outside in by incorporating shells, wood, plants and woven accessories into your dream home.
A fig leaf plant in a woven planter adds tropical flavor. Photo courtesy of Coastal Living.
Shabby chic may be a term of the past but elements of its style are not forgotten. Keep the elegance of the french caned furniture and simple, white, slip covered furniture and painted floors but switch it up by substituting the floral, frilly and sometimes frou frou look with warm rustic wood, classic striped fabrics and industrial vintage finds to define a new style affectionately called Beach Country.
This North Carolina lake house was renovated by its owners with lots of flea market purchases and their own elbow grease. The Craigslist caned sofa and Goodwill wing back chair were both reupholstered in thrifty drop cloth which looks a lot like linen at a fraction of the cost.
Whether you’re planning on perfecting your slalom or your game of Yahtzee this summer, there’s no better place to unwind and take in that fresh mountain air than by the lake. But the A-frame or cottage doesn’t have to scream dark and rustic. With the right combination of nautical, lodge and bright cottage charm, the lake house will be the center of great summer memories to come.
Lake Arrowhead in the San Bernardino Mountains in Southern CA.