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.
One of the most popular rooms of any great beach house is undoubtedly the kitchen. Whether you’re starting off the morning with a good cup of coffee or finishing off the day with your favorite glass of wine, most activity tends to congregate in this important space. If your current kitchen seems dark and drab and in need of a little coastal rehab, consider giving it an upgrade with a few basic elements that will bring back that summer loving feeling.
For a luxury look at a bargain price, white subway tile is a relatively inexpensive but great looking solution that can be used as a clean and contemporary backsplash. Subway tile got its name in the early 1900s from New York City’s first white-walled underground transit stations. The “easy-to-clean, tightly grouted 3x6s became a hit in American bathrooms and kitchens, and they remain popular today,” according to This Old House.