Coastal style isn’t a look we’ve ‘adopted’ in Australia; it IS our look. Hot summer days, sandy feet, Calippos (OMG remember those…) and the sounds of the ocean, it’s our soundtrack. We lean towards the lighter side of life, so why wouldn’t our style reflect that? That Coastal Look takes all that we love about coastal, taking away the pretention, or the guesswork.
Hamptons style could just as quickly be called Palm Beach, Byron or Noosa. Sure, Hamptons is the more formal side of coastal but its evolved and the Hampton’s style of today doesn’t take itself too seriously. The foundation is still crisp whites, blues and neutrals but some brushed metals, blacks and bright pops of colour work perfectly well alongside the traditional look. It’s about a state of ease. A house that says – relax! Come on in, sink into the sofa and have some Rosé (and if you spill the Rosé, that’s ok. I have machine washable covers and more importantly, more Rosé).
These are just a few of my favourite things about That Coastal Look and why I think other Aussies love it too…
It has longevity.
There is something eternally cool about a 70s beach shack. Floor to ceiling palm tree wallpaper would not look out of place in 2018, nor would a five-piece rattan sofa – perhaps the tangerine and mauve upholstery could be updated, but the bones are good. As an aside, I tried to find a picture of a bad 70s rattan sofa to add to the blog. No luck. Those prints are still amazing. Oscar De La Rentas home in the Dominican Republic in the 1970s. Case. In. Point.
I love her. I will forever think of her when I think of Hamptons. Thanks to that movie ‘Something’s Gotta Give’. That was 2003 (15 years ago; oh dear) and it STILL looks as fabulous today as it did then. As an aside, my current house crush is on Netflix’s ‘Grace & Frankie’. The house is amazing. Love the HUGE round dining table with the Rattan dining chairs, not to mention the French Grainsack bar stools in the kitchen or the collection of bottles and shells on the sideboard. Its any wonder I can follow the plot at all.
Big cities are great, but a beachside/poolside/barside escape is much more up my alley. We can’t all live by the seaside, but that doesn’t mean you cant infuse that holiday feeling in the way you style your home. Collecting little treasures and pieces becomes part of the fun when travelling. Mix up curios from afar with the decor you bought closer to home. A story never gets old.
We love open plan living. The inside and outside seamlessly blend to create a relaxed family home and add much needed extra functional spaces to live. Open up the back doors and let in the sunshine and fresh air. Early summer dinners on the deck or huddle around a fire pit with a glass of red on a chilly winters night.
I’ve always struggled with rules and doing things the way someone else tells me to do them. Coastal style appeals because it’s not stuffy. There isn’t a set of rules by which you must abide. You can mix timbers, add some Black, even a glint of industrial in a stool or light fitting. By golly, you can darn well change your mind, and with That Coastal Look, it doesn’t break the bank to do so.