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.
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.
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.
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:
- Table – solid walnut Magnus 6-seater table from Icon by Design
- Dining Chairs – Replica Hans Wegner round chair walnut frame / leather sear from Matt Blatt.
- Kitchen Stools – Saddle counter stool from Matt Blatt
- Wallpaper – Orla Kiely, Scribble 110426, from Annandale Paint & Paper
- Sofa – Hamilton 3-seater brown leather sofa from West Elm
- Lounge Chair and Ottoman – Replica Eames premium lounge chair and ottoman from Matt Blatt
- Rugs – Parakeet rug, feathers collection, from Bayliss Rugs
- Plank Lounge Chair – Replica Hans Wegner plan armchair from Matt Blatt
- Pendant Lights – La MArr, from Matt Blatt
- Cushions – from The Coastal Cushion Company
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.