Real Homes: Dave and Jaime

Yay, I love doing these posts! I’m sharing another beautiful home that I discovered on Instagram. I follow so many people on Instagram that have gorgeous homes. Families actually live there, they are not styled for magazines, just a real home, with real people and real stuff. I’m hoping to share lots of them with you this year.

Let’s be honest, who doesn’t love a peek inside somebody else’s home, and you might just find some new friends to follow on IG! Here are the links to few I’ve shared in the past –  Ingrid’s house, Mels’s house, Jo’s house.

Today we are meeting Jaime from @bay_beachhouse


Tell us a little bit about yourself ?

Dave and I have been married 13 years and have two children, Tom 11 years and Ivy 9 years. My husband is a Primary School Principal and I am Primary School Teacher. While my babies were little I took some time away from Teaching to study photography and found a love of newborn and family portraiture. I returned to teaching once my children were older and have only picked my camera up recently after deciding to document our journey with Bay Beachhouse. For as long as I can remember Dave has had a green thumb and a brilliant eye for colour. With his landscaping and gardening passion and my love of interior design and photography we have endeavoured to create a home that has character and warmth. 


Why did you choose your current house?

We purchased our house in 2011 after stumbling across it whilst my husband was driving laps around the block waiting for me to come out of the hairdressers. We had three things we were looking for in a house. My husband wanted a large shed, the kids wanted a pool and I wanted a plantation style home with character. When we found Bay Beachhouse we knew we had the trifecta!


Did you have an idea of what you wanted to do with it, or did you decide after you moved in?

The renovation was designed by Jared Poole Design and all the building work was completed by a local builder Bob Smith who was the person we purchased the home from. Whilst much of the major building work was complete when we moved in we still had a considerable amount of work to do outside and some minor changes to make inside.

What changes have you made, tell us about it?

The most significant change to our home occurred before we moved in and this is when the home was converted from a two bedroom one bathroom run down shack to the home it is today. This involved a complete re-build with bedroom 2 and 3 the only original features left standing. The kitchen was converted into the main bedroom and newly built additions included the lounge room, outdoor room, ensuite, sunroom and kitchen with cathedral ceilings. On the outside we only have one original tree left standing and we have completely re-designed our entire yard to incorporate a new pool area, kids play area, formal garden and vegetable garden. Since moving in we have re-designed our main living area to include a fireplace and changed the colour and lighting scheme a number of times.


Do you have any further plans, or are you finished?

We are always making changes and this year we are looking at incorporating VJ paneling in our bedrooms, kitchen and lounge room and building a fire pit in our rear garden. Our long term dream is to build a guest house at the rear of our property and add an additional level to the main house which will enable us to have views of the ocean which is only a couple of streets away.

What’s your favourite space in your home, and why?

Our favourite space is certainly our rear indoor/outdoor verandah. It has been designed to capture the sea breeze all year round and it has a great view of our swimming pool. It links to our kitchen, lounge room and main bedroom via recycled French doors which completely opens our entire home. We spend many summer days and special occasions in this space and many of our family and friends comment on the relaxed feel of this area.


How would you describe your style?

We both always say, “Less is more.” I am crazy about ‘white’ and find myself constantly drawn to a style that reflects a beachy, relaxed vibe. I do think however, that my husband is a little OCD with his hedges and lawn! His hedges are always cut to perfection and his lawn is cared for so meticulously.


 Where do you find your inspiration?

The inspiration for our home comes from the beach houses of Noosa and Byron Bay. We love the relaxed white and bright designs that can be found on the beaches of these holiday destinations. Instagram has been a huge part of our renovation journey and we follow many amazing stylists/interior designers and landscapers whom have similar styles to ours.


 Where are you favourite places to shop?

My favourite place to shop is at Peregian Beach Village as they have an eclectic mix of homeware stores with a beachy/boho vibe. I have purchased a number small pieces of furniture and homewares from these beautiful shops.

What’s on your current wish list?

We are about to build a fire pit with a surrounding outdoor deck in preparation for Winter. I would love to redesign our sunroom by stepping out of my comfort zone and bringing a boho vibe to that space.


Isn’t it beautiful! I feel like a tropical vacation just looking at it!
If you want to see more you can follow Jaime on Instagram here.

Do you have a beautiful home you think I should share? Or maybe you know of one? Send me an e-mail, tag me on Instagram, get in touch and let me know.

Hayley x

Real Homes : Jo

It’s that time again! I’m sharing another fabulous home that I discovered on Instagram. I follow so many people on Instagram that have great homes with their own style and personality, I’m hoping to share lots of them with you this year.

Let’s be honest, who doesn’t love a peek inside somebody else’s home, and you might just find some new friends to follow on IG! Here are the links to few I’ve shared in the past – Melissa’s house, Ingrid’s house, Cathy’s house.

Today we’re ooohhhing and aaahhhing at a beautiful home in Sydney, Meet Jo …

Tell us a little bit about yourself? 

My name is Jo, I’m married to a very patient man and we have two boys, Callan 14 and Finn 11, both are sports mad and keep me pretty busy! I’m interior obsessed and love anything to do with decorating, diy and home decor! In a previous life I worked in corporate Admin and HR and then in retail merchandising. I now work from home, product styling and refinishing furniture for clients. Every now and then I have a market stall selling beach house style handmade, new and vintage goodies. I’d love to do some further study and get into home styling and staging for sale.

What made you choose you house when you bought it?

We’ve been in our current house for about 6 years, when we first looked through the open house we disregarded it thinking it was too big for our family. We were coming from a small fibro home which we had totally renovated. I didn’t want to feel like we would be rattling around in a big house with wasted space! It had good bones, was in a great location with a lovely leafy outlook with views of the Royal National Park and Port Hacking. I’m glad we had a second look and went for it, as the kids have grown from little boys to teens and with the addition of beautiful Flat Coat Retriever, Paisley, we’ve definitely grown into the house!


What changes have you made? Tell us about them?

 We’ve actually done lots to our home since moving in, the house was built around 2000, so whilst it wasn’t old it lacked the character we love. The first big change was putting in a swimming pool, this totally changed the backyard and the way we live. We’ve added retaining walls, landscaping and painted the outside trims. Inside we have new flooring downstairs, my hubby is pretty handy and installed our timber flooring. We added plantation shutters which I love. In the back of the house is our kitchen/family/dining area, this whole room was gutted about 2 & ½ years ago, we put in a new kitchen, travertine flooring and 3 sets of French doors to open the space to the outside. We’ve also renovated our laundry and downstairs power room. Upstairs is still a work in progress! Our master bedroom has had a half make over, we added VJ board to the wall, repainted and got a new bed. The bathrooms and painting our bannisters are on my hit list for this year!


What’s your favourite room in your home and why?

I’d probably say our kitchen/family/dining space as this is where we spend most of the time, eating, watching tv and entertaining. We love having a large island, it’s great for eating, homework or just having a cuppa.


How would you describe your style?

 Mmm well I feel my style is always evolving, of course I love coastal sytles but I also like mixing in vintage items and eclectic pieces from our travels. I hope that our home is welcoming and comfortable! I don’t want to be too precious about anything in our home, we have boys and a dog so it has to fit with that!


Where do you find inspiration? 

I love to flick through mags, I’m IG obsessed and follow some amazingly creative and talented people. I also love browsing furniture and home wares shops, I could do that all day! And of course love I don’t mind a good Pinterest session now and again!

You are a bit of a DIY’er, We’ve seen many of your furniture pieces get a makeover with paint, what’s your favourite paint and why?

Well it depends on the project, but I think the key to any good finish is the prep work! I know many of the new chalk paints say no sanding, and whilst that’s appealing I prefer to give my pieces a light sand and good clean before starting. It just makes for a better finish. For furniture I mostly use Annie Sloan, Blake and Taylor, Porters or an aqua enamel depending on the finish I’m after. I love Zinsser for undercoat, you can’t beat it! For a quick spray job the Rustoleum and White Knight ranges are great.


What’s your favourite piece you’ve upcycled?

Each time I finish a piece it becomes my new favourite for a while! I’ve sold many favourites over the years, not enough space to keep them all, that and I tend to move things around the house as my tastes change! My husband loves it! At the moment my fav is probably the sideboard in our lounge room, it has great storage and is a good focal point in the room.


Where are your favourite places to shop?

Oh wow where do I start! I love shopping online at sites like Temple and Webster, The Home, Zanui etc I also love Instagram for discovering new shops, there are so many wonderful small online businesses with beautiful pieces! Of course I love Alfresco Emporium, a wander through Freedom, Ikea etc. If I’m searching for a specific item I’ll often check eBay, Etsy, Gumtree or local op shops for vintage treasures!

What’s on your current wish list?

oooh a few things… I’d love a new mirror for our downstairs powder room, I’m obsessing over getting a Bamileke side table! I’d also like a big squishy armchair for our library room. Pretty accessories like cushions, vases and plants etc are always on my radar too!


I think we’d all agree that Jo and her husband have done a fabulous job at creating a beautiful family home. If you want to see more you can find Jo on Instagram at @coastalhomelove or over on her blog

You can also shop some of Jo’s crafty creations here.


Thanks for sharing your lovely home with us Jo!

Hayley x

Gloria’s granddaughters house …

As promised … presenting the incredible home of half of the Gloria Linen and Home team.

This stunning little cottage is nestled in the hinterland at Montville on the Sunshine Coast in Queensland, Australia. Our shy owner worked with the the gorgeous girls at Highgate House to complete this project.

When our owner found the property it was not the beautiful space you see today, but she could see the potential and engaged Leigh Boswell from Highgate House to make her vision a reality.

And doesn’t it look amazing!

Lets start with the master suite. I love the gentle colour palette of white, browns and duck egg blue. It is relaxed and serene, but still packs a punch with the statement mirror and custom made roman blinds, that fabric is dreamy!




The cabinetry is stunning. The beautiful design with the mirror back was all custom made and doesn’t it look incredible?



Get the Look | All items available at Gloria Linen and Home
Get the Look | All items available at Gloria Linen and Home

The bathroom is finished with custom cabinetry, marble bench tops and floors, and beautiful shiny nickel fixtures.



Get the Look | All items available from Gloria Linen and Home
Get the Look | All items available from Gloria Linen and Home

The living space is finished in the same gentle colour palette as the bedroom which makes the little cottage flow beautifully. It is a small space, but it has everything you need without compromising on style.




Off the living area is this delightful little dining area complete with banquette seating and two statement chairs. The singular chairs have open backs that allow the space to feel open, but they also have a graphic design that acts as another piece of interest in the room.


And finally the kitchen, wow, just wow!



The lovely cast iron setting on the deck was a lucky Gumtree find that was re-powdercoated to bring it back to it’s former glory.


Get the Look | All items from Gloria Linen and Home
Get the Look | All items available from Gloria Linen and Home

I could quite happily live there forever, isn’t it beautiful.

If you are inspired to do some shopping to ‘Get the Look’ you can browse at Gloria Linen and Home here.

Or if you are inspired to do your own reno, you can contact the girls at Highgate House here.

Happy Shopping!

Hayley x

Ingrid’s house …

It’s no secret that I love Instagram. I find so much inspiration, ideas and beautiful things there. Every so often I come across a home that makes my heart skip a beat. Not one of those mega budget, interior decorated, styled to perfection for a magazine shoot homes, just a gorgeous REAL home, with real people who actually live there.

I started following @ingridand3 a while ago, her taste is so similar to mine it is almost scary. I love her home and everything she does, and I knew y’all would too, so let’s all meet Ingrid together, and I’ll even give you a sneak peek of her gorgeous home …



Tell us a little bit about yourself?

My name is Ingrid, I’m 29 and for the time being am a stay at home mum. Once upon a time I studied Interior Design at Uni, however once I graduated I never worked in the industry. I am still absolutely enamored with interior design/decoration and I can’t see that ever changing.

Who do you share your home with?

My husband Shannon (31) My 2 boys, Austen (3) and Crawford (1) and Twilly (dog)

What made you choose your home when you bought it?

One of the reasons we chose our home was the fact it needed renovating. I have particular taste and knew how I wanted my kitchen, bathrooms etc and as it was our first home I wanted everything to be how I had been imaging. We also loved the setting, the outlook is so green and leafy and it has a large deck off the living space which was a real draw card.

What an incredible view from the deck!
What an incredible view from the deck!

Have you renovated much? Tell us about it?

I grew up with my dad renovating every home we lived in, so it seemed only natural that I would follow his influence. This is our first home, so our first renovation and it definitely won’t be the last. We have put our mark on every square inch of this house. When we moved in it had orange timber floors, salmon carpet, apricot walls and ceilings, and 1970’s kitchen and bathrooms with lino floors…it was not at all pretty. But we saw through all of that and saw its potential and are pretty happy with the results. There were many compromises due to budget etc but with my dad’s help we managed to do a lot of what we had planned.

Thos floors look amazing now!
Those floors look amazing now!

Are you finished? Or what is next?

Unfortunately we are not finished, but we are very close though. All the big jobs have been done, there is just a lot of finishing touches and some painting to do. We added a bedroom downstairs many months ago and still it does not have cornice, skirting or a door frame. But we are looking to get it all done quickly as we are thinking about putting the house on the market in the near future.

Do you do much yourself, or employ the professionals?

We have done everything ourselves with my dads help. He lives in Canberra though so came down for several weeks at a time to get the kitchen and bathrooms done and removal and building of walls. My husband and I have both acquired many new skills through this experience which has been enjoyable and challenging in equal parts. Doing it ourselves definitely makes it feel like ‘our’ creation.

Beautiful kitchen!
Beautiful kitchen!

I adore your linen sofa with leather piping, did you have it custom made?

No we didnt, that was actually purchased on sale from Schots Home Emporium here in Melbourne (for $1500 can you believe). It was one of those pieces that we had to have as soon as we saw it.

Oh that leather piping!
Oh that leather piping!


What is your latest interior décor crush?

I am absolutely obsessed with Hmong batik and African mud cloth cushions at the moment. I spend pretty much all of my spare time looking at fabrics!! This new found obsession has also led me to a love for Modern Bohemian style which I am slowly and subtly looking to introduce into our home.

And she can sew! Ingrid made these gorgeous cushion herself!

What are your favourite shops?

Well I adore Pottery Barn, I find it hard to walk in there and not purchase something, even if its little. I also love Coastal Living Sorrento which is down on the Mornington Peninsula, I would love to be able to furnish my whole house with their furniture and accessories. And Schots Home Emporium, we have purchased many things for our home from there.


What’s on your Christmas wish list?

The real question is ‘whats not on my Christmas wish list’!! The problem with things like instagram is that you see so many beautiful photos each day from peoples homes and shops, so I feel like I’m constantly saying to myself ‘I’d love that’. But if I could have one thing it would probably be a new rug for our living room, our current one is looking a little sad thanks to the boys.

I adore Ingrids large print from Provincial Living, and that marble top table is beautiful.
I adore Ingrids large print from Provincial Home Living, and that marble top table is beautiful.

I know! Isn’t it gorgeous! I knew you would all love it! Now go and find Ingrid on Insta, follow her and say Hi!

Hayley x

*** All pictures taken by Ingrid, and used with permission ***