A vintage beach pad that's kept that '70s feeling

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WORDS & STYLING Andrea Jones PHOTOGRAPHY Jennifer Soo

“This sofa belonged to baba, my Macedonian grandmother, who kept it in her ‘good room’. When we inherited it, there wasn’t a mark on it.” Click for more photos

Home of the week

Click through to see how these homebodies transformed their urban abodes. Photo: Jennifer Soo

The home:

A 1970s two-storey house in the beachside hamlet of Maianbar in the Royal National Park, south of Sydney. 

Who lives here:

Jessica Bellef, head of styling at online retailer Temple & Webster, and her fiancé Beau Sherrard, audio co-ordinator at the Australian Institute of Music.

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What we did:

"We bought this house two years ago from the original owner-builder," says Jessica. "We pulled up the carpet and, after two months of trying to pick the right shade, we painted it Tiger White [British Paints]. I wanted floor-to-ceiling bookshelves and I designed them with Beau's father, who works with timber. We've kept a lot of the original features. The colour of the laminex in the kitchen is called Harvest Gold, and the matching vinyl chairs came with the kitchen."

Favourite room:

"The open-plan living area," says Jessica. "I love the light that comes through and it has a beautiful view over the tops of many established trees." 

The 'hood:

"We're in the National Park, so we're close to the bush and yet we're only two streets from the water. The air is clean and there's a real community feeling – we swap vegies with the neighbours," says Jessica.

Future plans:

"We want to make more of an outdoor entertaining space and possibly extend the balcony."

Decor tip:

Celebrate your home's character. Embrace original wood panelling and colour schemes.