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.
Labor Day weekend is one last excuse to hit the stores and snap up some last-minute summer goodies for yourself. If you didn’t have the nerve to take the plunge and buy that eenie meanie bikini, how about some pretty dressing for your house? Here are some favorite places to shop ’till you drop.
Surf Bazaar located at the Surf Lodge in Montauk, NY, curates “the best of local artisans, designers, vintage finds, and all items that are inspired or inspire us of our surrounding environment.” In addition to gauzy tunics by brands such as Lemlem, the store carries Turkish towels and beach blankets exported from Central America.