Coastal chic style in a contemporary Cottesloe stunner
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A Cottesloe home masters the coastal look with a sophisticated, nature-inspired design.

What better way to keep one foot in your home town than to maintain a stylish coastal haven, set one block back from the beach, in one of Perth's most iconic suburbs?

The owners of this Cottesloe abode, who currently live in Singapore, are a professional couple who periodically return with their young family in tow. They engaged the services of Collected Interiors to instil the four-bedroom, two-bathroom home with a relaxed, beachy style that would reflect the seaside location, and which would truly remind them of home.

The owners' brief called for a full refit and refurnish of the interiors, which needed to be durable while embodying coastal chic. It was also important that the styling be casual and comfortable as they rent the home out for short-term stays while they are overseas.

"We selected hard-wearing, robust furnishings to suit the wear and tear the short-term accommodation will endure," interior designer Lisa Ewart said.

"Inspiration was drawn from the beach location, using mostly natural materials and a blue and green colour scheme.

"Similarly, textures and design elements were inspired by nature and the ocean."

Against a backdrop of white walls, this vibrant scheme pops. "The indigo and white colour palette was inspired by the environment," Ms Ewart said.

"Fresh, light, bright yet warm Dulux Natural White paint was used for walls - which is my absolute favourite white paint."

Ms Ewart and the team at Collected Interiors sought out simple, clean, unfussy window treatments and natural materials, such as the linen for the pendant lights from Beacon Lighting.

Fresh white cotton bedding and textured wool flat-weave floor rugs add to the coastal feel. "They are so easy to just shake the beach sand off," Ms Ewart said.

The furnishings also nod to classic Danish style with simple lines and an understated look, contributing to the sophisticated feel.

One of the highlights of the home is the dining area, which enjoys in views of the ocean beyond. Here replica Eames dining chairs from online shop Replica Furniture create an elegant and contemporary style. An abundance of natural light offers an airy, breezy feel. "The louvered windows catch the afternoon sea breeze and pair wonderfully with the light timber flooring and rugs in natural textures," Ms Ewart said.

"This raw and simplified aesthetic is furthered explored in the textiles, where we've used natural fabrics like linen, cotton or hemp."

The main bedroom also draws heavily on natural fibres, linen and cotton, fresh, taupe and blue Aura Home bed linen, while the children's rooms are bright and fun with bedding from Melbourne label Kip & Co. The beds are from another online shop, Curious Grace, and are paired with bedside tables from local retailer Empire.

The end result is a symphony of rich shades and nature-inspired decor that's perfectly suited to the enviable coastal locale.

"It's so modern, and yet colourful, practical, stylish and - most of all - it makes you feel really happy when you are in it," Ms Ewart said.


Get the look

Lisa Ewart's top five tips to recreate the home's coastal-chic feel:

1. Use nature and the ocean as your inspiration.

2. Maximise natural light to give an airy, breezy feel.

3. Use natural fabrics like linen, cotton or hemp, floors in light timber and rugs in natural textures.

4. Simple, clean, unfussy window treatments suit the beach lifestyle.

5. Use fresh white cotton bedding.

The West Australian

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