A Beach House Restyle – Help!!


We have this fab wee beach house down at Jervis Bay.


It’s right on the walkway that runs along Collingwood Beach.

Just a hop, skip and a jump down to the beach itself.


We’ve had the house for about seven years – so lucky.

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We haven’t rented it out commercially for years. Our friends have stayed and they’ve donated money to Cure Cancer Australia – a tax deductible holiday for them!

But we’re planning to sign with an agent and make the house pay its own way this year.  The end of the FIFO lifestyle means less spare cash to cover the costs.


This means a revamp for the house inside and a complete restyle. Sadly, I’m not a stylish person so this is a challenge and stylish friends have been called in to help.

Kate, who runs the very gorgeous Huskisson Bed and Breakfast has been telling me for years to paint the inside white, all white.  And we’re finally going to bite the bullet. Panic!

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At the moment, the whole house is wood panelled.

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The kitchen and some doors are a glorious 1980s bright yellow and that’s all staying.


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We need to repaint some of the outside as that paint job was done when we got the place and it needs a refresh. Some electrics need done and lots of new crockery and knick knacks need sorted.


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I’m driving down with the twins today for this last week of the school holidays. We’ll be getting quotes for the big painting job, and chatting to electricians too.

Follow along as we transform this gorgeous wee pad… I’ll link posts below as we see it change.

The aim is to get the house looking totally gorgeous then rent it out through the local company Jervis Bay Rentals.




This is the house where we plan to retire to… I’d love to say that will happen soon but we have a couple of ten year olds so I guess it’ll be many years away…

Ah, south we head to gorgeous Jervis Bay, feeling so grateful to be able to do that today. If the blog is quiet this week it’s because I’m nattering to painters and then paddling around with the kids.

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Your beach house styling tips appreciated!

Take it easy.

Seana xx




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Posted on: January 18, 2016


  • Reply January 18, 2016

    Maraya @StuffMumsLike

    Ohh if I had a beach house I would combine the hamptons look with shabby beach house chic. Recycled wood, big comfy lounges, lots of white. It looks amazing!

    • Reply January 18, 2016

      Seana Smith

      Yes, I love that recycled wood look too, we’ve got the comfy lounges but white throws might be a good plan over them. Thank you!

  • Reply January 18, 2016


    Lucky you! That’s a beautiful beach house, and in a great location, too! I agree with painting it white. I’ve never been a fan of wood panelling and it will look much better when painted white.The polished floor is gorgeous. Maybe see if you can add some vintage, distressed look items to give a more “beachy” feel. When you have a white base you can also go crazy on colour for the pillows, rugs, artwork. Start out with the white and see how you go! Good luck 🙂

    • Reply January 18, 2016

      Seana Smith

      Must saythat I got toally used to the wooden panelling but I’m excited at the thought of a change up. My friend suggests lots of primary colours to maych the yellow and blue that’s already there… she can sort of see it all in her head – I cannot at all. Painters quotes first and then on to the painting and then the decor. Loads to learn. Thanks for popping over.

  • Reply January 18, 2016


    Even with all the wood it was the most relaxing beach house I’ve ever stayed and I would rent it again in a heartbeat.

    I agree, paint it all white. I thought the kitchen was great as it was. A few beachy accessories – ooh maybe talk to Sarah from A Beach Cottage, she’s based at the Uberkate crossroading warehouse now.

    Good luck xx

    • Reply January 19, 2016

      Seana Smith

      Oh is Sarah based there too!! Aha, that’s great news, thanks so much for that top tip. You know the idea of a bloggy get together – for WORK – of course is very appealling. Absolutely gorgeous day down here.

  • Reply January 20, 2016

    Annabel Candy

    Well I’m no interior designer but I’d keep the wood panel. I love wood! Just invest in some new furniture and floor coverings 🙂 It looks like a top spot and it’s all about the location anyway! Less stress for you and the renters that way. x A

    • Reply January 20, 2016

      Seana Smith

      Aargh don’t say that I’ve had three painters round to quote in the past 24 hours. It’s definitely going white. Having such a lovely couple of days down here. Xxx

  • What a lovely house, I’m so jealous, what a spot!!! All the best with the reno… I have no skills. Lots of love xxx

    • Reply January 20, 2016

      Seana Smith

      I have no skills either, it’s totally intimidating. Will learn a lot. Bloody boiling hot here today. Xxx

  • Reply January 21, 2016

    Jean | Holy Smithereens

    What a wonderful beach house you have! Great place for retirement indeed. I too am not savvy with interior decor. Quite hopeless actually. But I do agree that an all white interior will make it “airy-er” and have a more modern feel. Can’t wait to see the end product 🙂

    • Reply January 21, 2016

      Seana Smith

      Hello jean, what we need is a travel bloggers get-together down there. I do hope we can meet up in person in 2016, face to face, after all this online contact. Thanks for stopping by xxxx

  • Reply January 22, 2016


    White everywhere makes sense and then I would try and pull some of the beautiful JB bush colours in – your greens, browns and soft pinks. You know I love it there, no matter what it looks like, though!

  • Reply January 22, 2016


    I agree with the white! It’s a lovely house, and I love the sunny yellow kitchen. Would look great with beachy theme, and also blue and white crockery around!

    • Reply January 23, 2016

      Seana Smith

      Ah yes, blue and white crockery, that’s what I’ll look out for. I have bought lots of small bowls with yellow spots. But not any good plates yet so will look out for blue and white. Thank you for the tip. It’s good to crowdsource styling advice.

  • Reply October 27, 2016

    Robin Jenner

    Great advice…… The images you showed above is really attractive, you choose right color for your beach house.

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