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.
The clothes you choose to wear have a direct correlation to your personality. Translation: we gravitate to clothing that makes us look and feel good. Or at least that’s what we should try to do. The same idea can and should be applied to your home. If you’ve been on a shopping spree lately snapping up sundresses, sandals and jewelry that put you in a summer frame of mind, why not surround yourself at home with those same notions? Take a look in your closet and maybe you’ll discover a little bit more about your own beach style.
If you’re a fan of the global-inspired tunics of Calypso St. Barth
Modern design is about clean lines and minimalism. In a post-industrial era, many rejected the notion of traditional. But in a beach house setting, you can’t forget the color. Sleek and white make a home feel spacious and uncluttered but there’s surely a way to make modern more fun than sophisticated and stuffy.
Popham Design does a great job of taking geometric shapes such as the hexagon and combining them with a Moroccan touch. The cement tiles such as their Hex Target in Cabana pattern can be used on floors or walls.