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Cherie Barber’s Get The Look – Byron Bay

There are a dozen different styles that would have suited a coastal gem like my Byron Bay holiday home, from contemporary to Hamptons or Scandinavian. But there was only one choice for me: Mid-Century.

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Coastal relaxation set in a retro 1960’s and 1970’s theme, with a modern twist, is a perfect synergy.

Buying this picturesque holiday house high up on the cliff, overlooking one of Byron Bay’s most famous beaches was definitely a departure from my usual property strategy.

 

 

With its dreamy location overlooking Wategos Beach, breezy, open-plan layout and huge decks, the only thing missing from my new holiday home was my personal stamp.

It’s a large home that had good bones but was dated… While the scuffed timber floors just needed a sand and re-polish to bring up their beautiful lustre, the clinical white walls were crying out for warmth.

To set the tone for my retro-themed interiors, I combined stone-coloured walls and my favourite flecked Orla Kiely wallpaper on a feature wall.  I also included walnut wood flooring and dark chocolate curtains.

 

 

Outside, a nautical combination of Dulux Western Myall and Natural White works beautifully with the wide, open decks and blue ocean vistas.

As the whole house is framed by natural bushland, I chose a green botanical theme for the furnishings. The earthy rugs in the living area are from Bayliss Rugs’ feather collection, inspired by colours of exotic birds, and the cushions feature a tropical print.

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The dining chairs and “plank” armchairs are replica Hans Wegner; there’s also replicas of the iconic lounge chair and ottoman by husband and wife team, Charles and Ray Eames.

As a bargain hunter, I furnished the house with some great buys. The pendant lights hanging above the entry stairs were on sale in Matt Blatt, and the curtains are off-the-shelf, bought online from curtain Wonderland.

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One of my favourite features is the wall prints by Los Angeles 1960s photographer Slim Aarons in custom-made frames and a surfboard that is a drink cooler out on the deck.

What I love about my holiday home is that I feel like I am immersed in nature, whether I’m inside or out, and the sound of waves and rustling trees is such a soothing backdrop. More than any other cosmetic renovation I’ve done, this is a style that’s truly me. It’s also a great little Airbnb earner!

 

So, if you love the look of retro and coastal merging together, then you can get the look with these key furnishings:

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To learn how to create your dream holiday home (like this one in Byron Bay) with a great rental return when you’re not there, join Renovation Queen™️ and Australia’s Number 1 Renovation Educator, Cherie Barber, at one of her Cosmetic Renovations For Profit and Bootcamps and online course here.

 

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