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BB Aloha Atlantic

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.”

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Reupholstering furniture takes fine motor skills and a love of textiles.  It is an old school trade that requires the right tools and a good amount of patience.  If you have always loved grandma’s wing back chair but not its weathered blue fabric or you discover a well-made piece of furniture at the flea market that just needs a little freshening up, all it takes is a little vision and a few necessary tools (perhaps even some simple sewing skills) and you could have the most interesting chair on the block.

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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.

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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

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School’s out and the backyard will soon become the most prized room in the house.  Whether you’re grilling, chilling or building a fort for the kids, there are lots of great options for making your backyard the oasis that it’s meant to be.

Photo courtesy of Jamie Durie.

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