Open For Inspection - Inside Out Magazine
I joined Inside Out magazine for the Open For Inspection of this newly renovated Australian beach house, located in Palm Beach NSW. The home itself compliments its stunning surroundings of water views and tall green gum trees. With this in mind the house has been designed open so no matter where you sit you can enjoy the views of the great outdoors.
The fresh colour palette of whites and the bold black elements fit perfectly, they have layered each room with textures and practical pieces. A stand out feature of this home was definitely the ceiling, the addition of the trussed gable roof and racked ceiling has cleverly enhanced the space creating height and allowing the main living area to be flooded with light and cooled by the breeze. Not to mention the aesthetic appeal, this ceiling visually draws you in and welcomes you into this space.
Below is a video so you too can enjoy a tour of this beach house.
After the tour I sat down with the Editor-in-Chief of Inside Out Magazine, Claire Bradley and The Block winner Shannon Vos and asked them some quick questions, it's not everyday you get to pick the brains of interior pros like these guys!
I recently purchased a beautiful inlay chest of draws, an item I had been dreaming of for three years and I've given it pride of place in my bedroom. What is your favourite piece of furniture and where does it sit in your home?
Claire: My favourite piece of furniture is actually a side table I found on the side of the road. I took it home, sanded it and gave it some love and it's remained a key piece in my living room ever since.
Shannon: My favourite piece has to be a vintage Amsterdam egg chair from 1965 that was gifted to me by my mum.
What would you say is the most important room to invest in when it comes to styling your home? If you were to renovate, where would you suggest the largest portion of the budget should be spent?
Claire: Flooring is more important than people realise. A good base can accent the pieces throughout your home and make a huge difference to the overall look and feel. The living and kitchen areas are always the most important for me and I invest in pieces like an occasional chair and art that gives personality to a space - for example, pieces from Pete Cromer.
Shannon: Definitely the most utilised spaces - living, dining and kitchen. I would style the room with more affordable pieces from say, Ikea, but splurge on a big hero piece for the room - something that will stay with you forever and have maximum impact.
You are very established and successful, what is your greatest piece of advice for creatives still finding their feet?
Claire: Never underestimate the importance of a personal brand - know who you are and own your personality.
Shannon: Work hard, always. Find your passion and stick to it.
What are your top three online shops you look to for inspiration?
Etsy, Temple and Webster, Houzz, Blu - and always Pinterest.
A big thank you to Inside Out Magazine and sponsors Sheridan for inviting me along for such an inspiring day!