A perfect winter weekend away

Every now and then we'll feature a holiday house - usually in Australia but we could end up anywhere. So pore over our pictures and relish the thought that you could have a sleepover there too.

Our first house makes us yearn for a long, lazy, beachy break.  Put your feet up and enjoy this very special coastal retreat...

Designer Jo Larratt designed this house with a few key principles in mind: light, vistas, breezeways and natural materials.  Two pavillions ensure a harmonious holiday as separate areas allow "the quiet/reflective to coexist with the energy of socialising."
Food. Wine. Friends. Scrabble anyone? This robust table from Sounds Like Home hosts late night banter and fun. http://www.soundslikehome.com.au/
Jo found this Danish trumpet light at one of our favourite Sydney shops Vampt Vintage Design. For lots of other mid-century gems see www.vamptvintagedesign.com/
We love the serene beauty of 'Bronte Bathers' by Kate Dorrough (not always easy to pull off beachy art in a beach house - nice work Jo) 

'Sun Window' by Byron Bay artist John Cottrell is so right in a house filled with shifting light and warm sun. Jo dedicated many hours to sourcing all the furniture here from ebay.  See John's vibrant pieces at www.visualartist.info/johncottrell
Three separate decks serve different purposes. The "arrival" deck is for unpacking and post-beach rinses, another is for lolling about with the weekend papers and one is for alfresco dining. Take your pick - bliss!

Wall light by from Melbourne design duo Pierre and Charlotte www.pierreandcharlotte.com
Hand painted decorative tile by Porteous Tiles. www.porteoustiles.co.nz/
Remember the delight you had as a kid when you got to your holiday spot (even caravans were fun)?
Empty windswept beaches perfect for finding sandy treasures...
Aaah thanks so much Jo. Please can we come back....

If you fancy a break from the real word (but not from great style) this house at Cunjurong Point on the NSW South Coast is available for holiday bookings.  Go to www.manyanaaccom.com.au/accommodation/1116


  1. So glad I came across your blog (via your comment left on mine) .... love seeing real homes, would you mind if I used some of your shots sometime ? I will be sure to credit and link back to you !!!

  2. thanks Mandy! We like your blog too. Feel free to use any shots you like (with credit and link of course!)

  3. Thanks for all the inspiration I've got from this holiday house. The owners have nailed that balance of paired back holiday feel with cool design pieces. I'm a fan! Kate P

  4. We completely agree and the longer you stay the more you notice how fantastic the overall design is. They did a great job.

  5. Oh I just love your blog! I found you via 16 house :)

  6. Thanks so much. Stay posted for a gorgeous new home soon.