Bushland Beach Design Brief

Pat invited me to create a design concept for her bushland home.  She had alot of ideas, but needed help putting them together in a plan that she could implement. 

I visited Pat in her home and we talked about what she wanted to achieve.  She wanted her home to feel peaceful, easy clean, durable and grounded where her children and grand children feel happy. 

With a love for timber, wrought iron, antique furniture, some pops of colour and lots of plants we agreed that she leaned towards the vintage industrial design style.  With a colour scheme of black and white and pops of blue and orange this was going to be a beautiful and playful design.

We then visited the shed, and what a treasure trove we found. Beautiful timber dining chairs, wrought iron table legs, vintage doors, recycled floor boards, the possibilities were endless. One particular delight was the genuine vintage circus posters just needing the perfect frame.  These will feature in the dining room against a charcoal wall, where they will really stand out.  With a green thumb, Pat already had plenty of plants, just needed to get creative with the pots.

With budget a primary factor here, the combination of tradie friends, materials already on site and some savvy shopping, the final design concept was very affordable.  Spending focused on feature items like hand crafted Moroccan tiles in the kitchen splashback, floor and wall tiles for the bathroom, a couple of feature floor rugs and a new lounge. 

Below is a hand rendered plan which I created, and some images of the design concept. I provided pat with a room by room breakdown, suggested suppliers and costings in her final design concept. She is currently starting her renovation one project at a time. 

Colour scheme


Found six solid timber dining chairs.  A quick clean up and painted in black they will suit the dining room perfectly. 


Cast iron circular legs for a coffee table and the same legs for the dining table.  Just need to find some kind of timber top and these two pieces of furniture are done. 

Potuguese splashback tiles for the kitchen. 

Finding some perfect mid century feature chairs for the lounge area

Playful use of coloured pots. 


Genuine vintage circus posters just ready for the right frame and the right wall.  


More genuine circus posters.  Once framed will be a feature of the dining room wall which will be painted in a dark charcoal.