This home purchased by a young family, and within walking distance to the Manly beachfront, was originally white and blue – not in keeping with the owners’ personal aesthetic, which exudes casual warmth.
We worked with the existing joinery and spaces, but added layers of texture and colour, making a few critical changes to the interior and creating a comfortable outdoor area.
We developed a beach-inspired interior palette and introduced warm hues to create a sense of fun and freshness.
The two-minute walk to the Manly beachfront clinched the deal for these home buyers. “We had been living in Sydney’s leafy suburbia when we decided we wanted to be closer to the beach,” one of the owners says.
“We took a year-long rental in Manly and within a month we were looking for somewhere to buy. We were hooked on the beach lifestyle.”
Land on the Manly peninsula, with Sydney Harbour on one side and the ocean on the other, is tightly held. Luckily, the community network is also strong. “I mentioned to one of the mums from my children’s school that we were looking to buy and she said they were looking to sell,” says the owner.
Upon inspection, the couple knew it offered great potential as a long-term family home, but the real drawcard was the ample backyard with pool and easy access to the outdoors.
Structurally, the house was in good shape and suited the family’s needs, with five bedrooms and two bathrooms on the top floor and the lower level dedicated to living, dining and entertaining.
“The house was so liveable and had a great feel,” says the owner. “All we needed to do was put our stamp on the interiors.”
An outdoor shower was added to the pool area, which comes in handy. “In summer, we are at the beach nearly every day, and my husband wanted the kids to walk straight into the backyard, wash off the sand and jump into the pool,” says the owner.
She and her husband, both serious design aficionados, wanted to create a sense of casual warmth in their new home, somewhere chic to entertain friends but also fun for their young boys, now eight and six, who’ve since been joined by a baby sister.
As long-time admirers of design firm Hare+Klein’s work, the couple knew who to call in as soon as the property settled in 2012. “Every inspirational image I chose seemed to be the work of Hare+Klein,” says the owner.
For Hare+Klein, it marked the first time the team had been given a visual brief via Pinterest.
“The couple had built their Pinterest boards independently of each other and fortunately they chose many similar, and some identical, images,” says interior designer Meryl Hare, who led the project.
“We developed a beach-inspired interior palette, referencing the colours of Manly’s foreshore and ocean, and introduced warm hues to create a sense of fun for the young family.”
New wallpaper was applied to the children’s study/playroom, and the patio was extended to create an idyllic inside-outside room. Key pieces of furniture were introduced, favouring natural and richly textured materials.
“The house works on many levels," says the owner. "The kids’ zones are fun and hard-wearing, while the more adult areas are elegant and serene. We absolutely love living here. It always feels a little bit like we’re on holidays.”