The Hamptons-inspired look is one of the most popular when it comes to interiors here in Australia for a reason: the natural materials, neutral colours and open plan living style works perfectly for our coastal and further inland regions alike.
Today, I’m taking you inside a gorgeous home on Sydney’s Northern Beaches – in North Balgowlah to be exact – which exudes the Hamptons coastal style combined with a quintessentially modern Australian aesthetic.
The team paid homage to Elizabeth’s childhood Queensland home with clean lines and a light-filled Hamptons style, creating a nostalgic yet contemporary beach house.
I’ve always been drawn to crisp lines, airy interiors, clean white and peaceful blue colour palette and gorgeous natural materials.
The home spans across two levels with five bedrooms, three-and-a-half bathrooms, a large kitchen and living area and a feature fireplace.
Key Hamptons design elements include the Shaker cabinetry, the dark latte coloured floors, the panelled ceilings and the contrasting light and dark timbers on the stairs.
But – like all builds, there were challenges to overcome. The main design issue the team came up against was the property’s very shallow dimensions, which made creating an expansive space difficult.
We decided to build vaulted ceilings with exposed beams and use large glass windows and doors by Stegbar to extend the visual sightline and make the space feel much larger.
To bring the outdoors in, Stegbar’s bi-fold windows were used in the kitchen, whilst french doors take center stage across the entire back wall of the living room. This allows the adjoining deck and backyard to flow effortlessly from the main living space. As Elizabeth shared:
We open them each morning to let the natural light and coastal breezes flow through.
On the west-facing front of the home, smaller windows were chosen to minimise the afternoon sun and provide privacy, while upstairs, large Stegbar double hung windows offer sea views and ventilation – both benefits of the coastal location.
Then, to complement the exterior’s Hamptons influenced weatherboard façade, Stegbar colonial glazing bars were applied to the windows and doors, which highlight the raw materials and mid-century craftsmanship traditionally used in a typical Hamptons construction.
So let’s take a look inside!