My family and I recently moved slightly north to Sydney’s lower Northern Beaches having lived on this beautiful city’s lower north shore for nearly 12 years. To say we’ve been pleasantly surprised by our new ‘hood is definitely one of the understatements of 2018! We LOVE IT!

The people, community, oh and the ocean being so much closer….so relaxing.

It’s amazing how much inspiration you can draw from your surrounds. The architecture is quite different here. Not as many brick residencies, but more weatherboard houses in varying shades of coastal hues. Different species of shoreline bushes and plants. It seems less busy and chaotic. The people are that little bit more laid back. And the outdoors is seen as a natural extension of our interior lives.

Subtle curved walls of the current lounge. Image by Angela Wheeler.

Our new house is originally built in the 1930’s. We’re lucky to have tall ceilings downstairs and some beautiful curved cornices. The addition of a later second story was a huge bonus for us having lived in a single story late Federation for years. Don’t get me wrong, I loved our beautiful older house, but this is something completely different.

And as is customary for my husband and I (we could never move into a house that didn’t need anything doing to it), we have already started giving it ‘our touch’.

When I say ‘we’ I should probably qualify. My husband loves planning renovations and interiors with me, we are on the same page style and scale wise. However, if I’m completely honest I’m the one who gives it the momentum (obsessive floor planning) and distils our ideas into a logical and approachable format (more floor planning and copious amounts of mood board creation).

So, nearly 6 months in to our new life, I have refined our design concepts into 3 renovation phases.

Phase 1 will be to decorate the existing spaces – current living rooms, bedrooms, floor sanding downstairs (we have a beautiful but highly impractical light beige carpet downstairs!), wall removal to streamline our current living/dining and updating the old ‘style-free’ current lighting.

Phase 2 is to rejig our ground floor plan which will include a master ensuite, new guest bath and open up that all important Aussie space, the kitchen/living/dining out on to the garden to give us more light. Currently our brightest places in this house include the laundry and garage!

Phase 3 is to give the external a much-needed face lift (be gone old blonde bricks and dark green external shutters!) front fence and put a pool in the back.

So, NOT MUCH THEN.

Some may gasp at the enormity of the renovation – not me. It makes me tick BIG TIME! Those of you who are similarly *addicted to renovating will understand all of this implicitly….

*addicted – maybe it’s more of a ‘calling’…..? 😉

Timeline wise, Phase 1 is current, Phase 2 in about 2 years and Phase 3 is pending a date. It may be that we are able to kick off Phase 3 sooner rather than later. Watch this space. I guess it depends how much we obsess about having a pool….

So here we are, at the incredibly exciting beginning. Let’s see where the planning phase takes us…

Image of a stunning garden in Bondi that ticks all of our boxes and then some. By Harrison’s Landscaping via Bloglovin’ website.