How to give your home cool and casual beach makeover
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How to give your home cool and casual beach makeover

The home

A 1960s three-bedroom house with an additional self-contained flat in Barwon Heads, on the Bellarine Peninsula in Victoria.

Dallas, Karyn and Lula in the front yard. A former landscaper, Dallas has added lots of indigenous plants to the garden, as well as fruit trees and a veggie patch.

Dallas, Karyn and Lula in the front yard. A former landscaper, Dallas has added lots of indigenous plants to the garden, as well as fruit trees and a veggie patch.

Photo: Armelle Habib

Who lives here

Stylist Karyn Ross, craftsman Dallas Rawlings, and their five-year-old daughter, Lula.

“The new kitchen was designed by my best mate’s mum at Barbara Allen Kitchen Designs and built by a local cabinet maker, Brett Pekin,” says Karyn.

“The new kitchen was designed by my best mate’s mum at Barbara Allen Kitchen Designs and built by a local cabinet maker, Brett Pekin,” says Karyn.

Photo: Armelle Habib
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What we did

"We removed the asbestos sheeting, re-clad the exterior and painted it in non-toxic paint from Ecolour," says Karyn.

"Then we moved a few interior walls to open up the space, relocated both the front door and the fireplace, replaced the kitchen and sanded the floors."

In the master bedroom, the photo-print is from Frankie Says Relax in Geelong, and the floral bed cushion is from Melbourne's Sage + Clare.

In the master bedroom, the photo-print is from Frankie Says Relax in Geelong, and the floral bed cushion is from Melbourne's Sage + Clare.

Photo: Armelle Habib

Our favourite room

"We love the front living and dining space overlooking the garden – it feels so open and inviting.

And the kitchen table has so much history – it was an engagement present given to the parents of one of my best friends."

Amid several vintage pieces in this living area, one wall features a basket woven from emu feathers by Naomi Kantjuri from Tjanpi Desert Weavers.

Amid several vintage pieces in this living area, one wall features a basket woven from emu feathers by Naomi Kantjuri from Tjanpi Desert Weavers.

Photo: Armelle Habib

The 'hood

"Barwon Heads is located on the traditional lands of the Wadawurrung people, and the area has been a summer camping ground for thousands of years," says Karyn.

"The rockpools, reefs, surf beaches and river are great for spending time outdoors in – or on – the water."

Dallas rinses off in the shower the couple installed next to the outdoor bungalow. The beaded palm door curtain is from Rasta Surf Co.

Dallas rinses off in the shower the couple installed next to the outdoor bungalow. The beaded palm door curtain is from Rasta Surf Co.

Photo: Armelle Habib

Best advice

"Surround yourself with things that bring you joy and reflect who you are, and enjoy the process," says Karyn.

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