© Provided by Are Media Pty LtdThis bright and beachy white home in coastal Queensland is the perfect destination for an ocean-side escape plan.
Brisbane couple Genny and Chris Lee were originally searching for a dreamy coastal home in northern NSW, somewhere around Byron Bay or Lennox Head. The entrepreneurial pair who, among other business pursuits, import vintage Kombi vans from Brazil, were looking for a getaway where they could soak up the sun, catch waves and be transported into an easy, barefoot, endless-summer lifestyle. When the Byron option didn't pan out, they extended their search area north, up to Peregian Beach on Queensland's Sunshine Coast. © Provided by Are Media Pty LtdHomeowner Genny Lee and her husband?Chris refreshed the garden themselves, with the help of local landscapers Earthdeco for the hardscaping.
Their quest for the perfect property ended when they chanced upon Helia House, a spectacular 1000-square-metre property with a single-storey home overlooking Peregian Beach. The prime location is only 10 minutes south of Noosa Beach, with expansive 180-degree views of Noosa National Park and coastline. © Provided by Are Media Pty LtdThe 1961 Kombi van was imported from Brazil through Chris and Genny's company, Red Plum Automotive. Schwinn bicycle. Colorbond roofing in Surfmist. Linea cladding, James Hardie. The brickwork utilises bricks recycled from the site. Bricks and cladding painted Dulux White on White.
Built in the 1980s, the house had been extensively renovated just prior to Genny and Chris purchasing it 18 months ago. Key to the redesign - by architect Rohan Jackson of Blackburne Jackson - was the reconfiguration of internal spaces to improve the flow and open up the entire home to natural light. © Provided by Are Media Pty LtdThe cabinetry includes soft-close hinges from Blum and soft-close drawers from Titus Tekform. Cabinet pulls, Furnware Dorset. Lip door pulls, MadeMeasure. Hee kitchen stools, Hay. Smartstone benchtop in Absolute Blanc. Ceramics from?CLO Studios. Tapware, Phoenix Tapware. Matt Wilkerson Surfcraft custom surfboard, Dessa Surf Shop. Miele oven. Graupa engineered-oak flooring, Tongue N Groove.
Since taking over the property, Genny and Chris have done a wonderful job of finessing it. They have updated the landscaping and refreshed the home's interior, injecting their personality with unique touches. "I had in my mind that I wanted a 'modern 1970s' vibe," says Genny. "There are some vintage pieces and nostalgic references, but we tried to do it in a very contemporary way." © Provided by Are Media Pty LtdGranada dining table and La Chex dining chairs, all CLO Studios. Mirror and jute rug, both Temple & Webster. Towels, L&M Home. Stool (used as side table), Globe West. Spotted-gum decking.
The interiors, originally designed by Brooke Marsh, gave Genny and Chris a great starting point for the four-bedroom house. They styled it for themselves, but with a mind to offering it as guest accommodation when they're not in residence. They aimed for an ambience of casual luxury, with an air of peace and relaxation right from the front door. © Provided by Are Media Pty LtdJoey sofa, MCM House. Drum stool, Granada dining table and La Chex dining table, all CLO Studios. Floor lamp and jute rugs, all Temple & Webster. Artwork by Claire Stenning.
© Provided by Are Media Pty LtdSling armchairs, CLO Studios. Rattan coffee table, Hello Trader.
"We wanted to create this lush subtropical experience in a design-driven way," says Genny. "The layout of the house is perfect for multigenerational living and groups of friends staying together." The open-plan kitchen/living room at the rear is the hub of the house. Its lovely vaulted ceiling amplifies the generous proportions of the space. © Provided by Are Media Pty LtdWall and?floor tiles, all Ace Stone+Tiles. Tapware and basin, all Phoenix Tapware. Essastone benchtop in Taupe Concrete. Laminex vanity in Honey Elm Riven.
The palette - white, black, timber and accents of soft green - is consistent throughout, delivering a carefree beachy vibe that is also sophisticated and elegant. "It's all about natural fabrics, jute rugs, leather, timber and allowing the view and the experience to tell the story," says Genny. "I didn't want it to be too surf-themed, but I love those little touchpoints that let you know you're near the beach." © Provided by Are Media Pty LtdBedlinen, In Bed. Hepburn throw, L&M Home. Nomad cushion, Fenton & Fenton. Loftus lamp, Temple & Webster. Componobili storage unit, Space. Aphrodite's?Cove art print, CLO Studios.
© Provided by Are Media Pty LtdNook Below Folding chair, CLO Studios. Robes, In Bed. Moroccan slippers.
The flow and ease of the house works seamlessly in all seasons. It's flooded with warm sunlight in the winter months and captures the cooling sea breezes during summer. "Depending on what the weather is like, you can close down the house and still have this intimate but generous space to live in," says Genny. © Provided by Are Media Pty LtdPrint?by Slim Aarons from CLO Studios. Bedlinen, In Bed. Table lamps and rug, Temple & Webster.
Most of the furniture and homewares are sourced from local outlets. "It's important to us to support local businesses and to tread lightly with our carbon footprint," says Genny. Local artisans, too, have been embraced - the Pottery for the Planet pieces in the kitchen happen to be made by their neighbours. © Provided by Are Media Pty LtdAnanas for Surf Lodge beach umbrella, Basil Bangs.
Glass panels surrounding the open-plan kitchen/dining area retract in two directions so that the back wall totally disappears, allowing the living space to spill onto a generous deck. Outside, the ocean-embracing pool is a focal point, beautifully complemented by Chris and Genny's landscaping. A new outdoor shower and fire pit complete the picture. © Provided by Are Media Pty LtdHappy homeowners, Chris and Genny Lee.
"There's a lovely connection between the entertaining areas and the pool," says Genny. "You can have a swim, shower then relax in an egg chair. The best part? Seeing and hearing the ocean without being drenched in spray."