Friday, August 31, 2012

The Retro Beach Shack 'The perfect Happy Holiday House'

Last weekend the sailor and I planted the front garden, first of all we prepared the garden beds, mixing the existing sandy soil with a ton of organic goodness, man that was hard work.  I used plants that were commonly planted in beach houses in the fifties, gardenia's, hibiscus, kangaroo paws and a selection of grasses, I could have let myself get very carried here as I love gardening, I love plants with gorgeous blooms, I love colour, but keeping in mind that I needed to choose plants that could tolerate being dry this limited my selection. I am so thrilled with the result, I love the looping pathway and the use of the river stones, the camellia tree is popping with the most delicious lolly pink blooms.  The only thing missing from this retro beach garden is a bird bath, the bird life here is amazing, and I can't wait to see them them splish, splashing around in the front garden.
Did I mention a picket fence?  What retro beach shack would be without a picket fence with brightly coloured beach towels carelessly thrown over it!  
Yesterday, in the glorious sunshine, I planted my lovely three olive threes on the nature strip, surrounded by a variety of coastal daisies.  I am hoping that the local dogs don't pee on them and kill them before I get back up there to water them.




This is my happy house, each time I arrive and drive into the driveway, she winks at me, a nod of approval for the sparkling, citrus yellow colour I painted her, I get out of the car and as I stand admiring her, I hear the waves rolling onto the beach, I let out a sigh, I feel relaxed.

  

My lovely collection of retro pots, how handsome they look.
A sunny spot to enjoy a cuppa and watch the birds splish, splashing around in the bird bath.

I can't help admiring my vintage Fix Masseau poster, and especially the striped wall behind it, very proud of my painting skills


I don't know which is my favourite bedroom..... bedroom one, it's bright, colourful and cheery.   One of my latest DIY pieces of wall art, the clay beads hang above my cheery DIY lampshade.


Bedroom two, also bright and airy with a strong navy palette for a nautical touch, this is where I drop my bag.......and there is a Rowan Romper for Rowan to wear to the beach.


walk through to the living room


Open the blinds.......


pour myself a glass of wine and head out here to the deck.......




later, I throw my towel over my shoulder and stroll down to the beach......


How very beautiful............

I am almost there, I just have a few little surprises left to complete my happy holiday house.  Over the past couple of weeks whilst working on the garden I have had many people stop in their cars or walk on by to tell me how much they love the house.  These comments have made me feel so happy!!

The Retro Beach Shack is available for holiday rentals.   Contact me for details.

26 comments:

  1. Thank you Lucy, when are you going to join me for a girls night.

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  2. So love it all! You have done a wonderful job! xx

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    1. It's been so much fun, I am wondering what I'll do now.

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  3. Your beach house is gorgeous Roberta, I love the white pickets in front of the citris yellow home, so happy and welcoming, and each room is styled beautifully. Have a lovely weekend.x

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    1. the picket fence was a surprise feature, I love it and it just pilled it all together. Have a great weekend yourself!

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  4. Oh she is looking beautiful your sunshiny girl. Well done. melx

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    1. Sunny and happy she is, I hope lots of holiday makers enjoy her!

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  5. I love it - great work - stunning styling!!

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    1. Thank you so much. I am so sad that the project is complete...

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  6. Oh my. Just freaking love it. All of it! :)

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  7. Oh Roberta, it looks absolutely amazing. I might just keep it at the back of my mind next time we're in Oz :-)

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    1. Of course Anna, Luke would love the child friendly beach and park!

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  8. Wow, it is amazing. You should be so proud of it. The exterior and planting is just right, the interior is cool and fresh and welcoming, but full of light and colour too. I love the sideboard in the living area, and little touches like the oar on the wall and the homemade artwork. Just beautiful. x

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    1. Hi Gillian, It's all the little bits and pieces that make it so special. Thank you!

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  9. This is a very very beautiful and happy house! Love the yellow paint and the pretty interiors. Where is this? I have to go there for a beach holiday one day!

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    1. HI Trishie, It's on the lower central coast! Great family friendly beach , parks and walks.

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  10. Love it Roberta!!!
    Feels like little bits of what make me happy are scattered through out it too. :)

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    1. Yes, I agree, I can see how much you love all the bits and pieces.

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  11. Wow one of my favourite pieces. I love this mid century furniture.

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  12. Hi Roberta
    what a fabulous job you have done with your fibro! Love all the bright colours and fabrics.
    Catherine

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    1. Thank you so much for you comment. I will miss sourcing all the bits and pieces for the house, choosing the colours and admiring my work along the way.

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  13. Very nice place for relaxation. Intimate time with family at this kind of setting... very nice.

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  14. This is a very beautiful and happy house.I Love the yellow paint and the pretty interiors.In case you are planning to get Holiday
    Shacks
    to spend your vacation conveniently with the family members, don’t have to look anywhere else.

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