BOOK/CLUB: Natural Beachside Weekender.

When many of us embark on a renovation or new build, we commonly design our homes to reflect what "someone else" would like, to ensure a sale in the future. While this seems logical if you are renovating or building an investment property, but what happens if its YOUR home? 

This was not the case for Kate & Mal Heppell and their gorgeous little boy Zig, who own a beautiful weekender in Point Lonsdale, Victoria. Their focus was to build a home to their style and taste - and for them - an Australian take on a Swedish-style home

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The palette of this beautiful home is dominated by the combined use of timber and concrete. A natural, neutral base that cohesively connects the home with its beachside location. Kate & Mal wanted the house to feel organic and to fit in with the local flora. 

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Rather than opting for an all white interior to achieve a "blank canvas", the couple designed a neutral palette using timber and concrete. From there, Kate and Mal showcased their love for colour and the outdoors.

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To juxtapose the industrial and raw feel of this interior, Kate injected colour and pattern through the use of her popular bedding range, Kip&Co, which she jointly owns with two other friends. The use of timber and concrete balances the bold, bright hues applied throughout the home.  On the outside, Mal explored the idea of using the garden to bring the house to life! Concrete cubes were built to house their veggie patch ensemble and a sprawling garden containing succulents, native shrubs and ferns dominate their outdoor setting. 

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With a long term view in mind to simply enjoy this home, Kate and Mal have created a space that reflects their own personality, and consequently, have created their ideal home. 

You can read their full story in this month's Book Club read: Spaces, Volume Two by Frankie Magazine.

Di x

PS You can check out Kate's playful bedding range, Kip&Co here and explore Mal's landscape designs here.

Photography by Hilary Walker (images one, three - six) and Armelle Habib (images two & seven) for Real Living Magazine.