This Beachy Home Makes Us Want to Upgrade Our Entire Decor

Gabrielle Savoie

Courtesy of Kip & Co.

With a growing family of five, Hayley Pannekoecke and her husband James knew they were rapidly running out of space in their 1973 brick house on Australia's Victorian coast. With three children—Chloe, 10; Baye, 7; and Floyd, 6—and a dog, the home the family shared was no longer cutting it. But instead of packing up and moving, the creative couple went another route—a complete gut-renovation and addition to transform the original space into a four bedroom, three bathroom family home with three separate lounge areas and a huge loft space to accommodate visiting guests. 

No detail was spared in the remodel of this breezy beach house. Each design decision was built around creating the ideal lifestyle that the couple envisioned for their family. Together, the pair had just the right skills to undertake this project: he was a builder by trade (now a firefighter), while she co-founded the décor shop Kip & Co, one of Australia's best resources for unique soft furnishings—from tasseled throws to velvet pillows, and quilts in unique colours and patterns. While James was busy building the bathrooms' concrete vanities from scratch, she was able to create a colourful bohemian environment perfect for their coastal lifestyle in their town of Barwon Heads. The result: a crazy-cool and unique family home that's perfect for entertaining and bringing everyone together. Want to decorate like a local cool-girl? Look no further than this beautiful beach house.

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