Home of the week
Click through to see how these homebodies transformed their urban abodes. Photo: Jennifer Soo
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.
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."
"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."
"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.
"We want to make more of an outdoor entertaining space and possibly extend the balcony."
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