The big reveal!

It’s been a long time between posts so thank you for sticking around and waiting patiently for me to do the final reveal! We’ve now been in the house for just over 3 months and have settled in to normal life. It was a big push to get the garden ready and the house styled in time for the photos so it consumed me during that time, but since then I’ve actually been able to sit down and enjoy it, which has been lovely! I will write another post soon about what I love and what I would change, but there isn’t too much I don’t love. I’m happy to say it’s as pleasurable to live in as it is to look at, which is ultimately what’s important when you build or renovate.

But right now how it looks is the the focus, so enjoy the photos!! A massive thank you again to Scott Salisbury Homes  for being such a joy to work with. Their attention to detail has been amazing and the quality of the build is first class. This style of house is quite different for them, but I have a feeling they’re going to be building a whole lot more of them from now on!

So now, here’s the house!

SSH Front

As I may have mentioned before my inspiration was a Hamptons meets Edwardian meets Queenslander weatherboard and I think that’s exactly what I’ve ended up with. The wrap around verandah is very Australian and I love that the front two rooms open up with french doors to the verandah, letting the breeze in. The cladding isn’t timber, it’s actually a James Hardie product called Scyon, which is a concrete composite. The paint colours are Wattyl Wicker White for the cladding, Wattyl White for the trims and Colorbond Shale Grey for the roof. The driveway and edging is Boral ClassicPave in charcoal and the light pavers are porcelain pavers from Maison Design.

Isn’t it so cute?! Every time I drive up the street and see it and can’t believe it’s ours. :) Next up is the main bedroom…

SSH Bedroom

The inspiration for this room, along with the whole house, was the relaxed luxury look of the Hamptons. It’s a little bit coastal and a little bit modern country, with an emphasis on natural tones and textured layers. I have used blue and white throughout the house because it’s my favourite colour combo for interiors.

I knew I wanted wall sconces because they’re synonymous with the Hamptons look, but they’re really hard to find in Australia. So I bought these online from the US Pottery Barn store and a friend bought them back for me (actually a friends husband who’s a pilot bought them back, earning MAJOR good husband brownie points!!)

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The walls are Wattyl Chalkdust and the trims are Wattyl White. The carpet, which is just heaven to walk on, is the Habitat Collection from Choices Flooring. It is honestly the thickest carpet I have ever walked on and I love it!

Next up is the music room….

SSH Music

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This has to be one of my favourite rooms because it’s my room! This is the room I write and practice music in, which is such revelation because in our old house the piano was in the living room, so I had to compete with kids, TV and noise. I would regularly get told to be quiet so the kids could hear the TV, which isn’t the most productive working environment! So now I can shut the door and sing to my hearts content. The kids also practice their instruments in here, but the rule is they are only allowed in there if it’s to read or practice music, which is working so far! And that means it’s the only room where the cushions stay where I put them, which any mum understands is an exciting achievement indeed!! This room can also double as a formal sitting room, so if I had friends over and wanted a cup of tea in peace we could go here. It could also be an extra bedroom if it needed to be, but for us I assure you it will stay the music room! Then there’s the main bathroom…

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The inspiration for this is the Hamptons bathrooms I regularly drool over on Pinterest!

The idea behind the layout was that I wanted it to look and feel like one room, but also be able to close off the toilet, sink and shower area if you needed to. So the beautiful opening  (that is so immaculately tiled) actually hides a cavity slider. I always had a picture in my head of the bath sitting under the window (with plantation shutters) with two pendants above it, with a tiled ‘rug’ pattern leading up to it and it looks exactly like I imagined.

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I had seen the rug concept in American bathrooms on Pinterest, but never in Australia before. So of course I wanted to do something new! For the ‘rug’ I choose the patterned concrete tiles, from Beaumont Tiles, with the same tile in a plain grey surrounding it. We then cut a charcoal concrete tile into thin pieces, to use as a border. This floor took a lot of thought and a bit of risk doing something so different but I’m thrilled with it.

The cream tiles are hand cut subway tiles from Beaumont Tiles, which I also adore. You can’t see the shower (although you can see a bit in the mirror) but there is a wall of grey subway tiles (which are the same tiles we’ve used in the ensuite) just to break up all the cream. The toilet is painted the same warm grey colour.

The cabinetry is by Alby Turner and Son, who did all the joinery in our house. Their work is the stuff of Hamptons dreams and for me they were the only choice in Adelaide when it came to that detailed shaker style of cabinetry. It’s painted Wattyl Chalkdust, which is the same as the walls throughout the house. The bench top is Caesarstone Statuario Nuvo, which looks like marble but is more practical and family friendly. The taps cut into the mirror looks amazing but was a bit of a challenge, we went through two cracked mirrors to get to this point! It looks so great though. As does the mirror going up to the ceiling, it gives the room so much height.

So there is the front exterior and the first three rooms! More to come next week, I hope it was worth the wait! I can’t wait to read your comments, I love getting all your feedback.

Amity xx

Comments

  1. says

    It looks beautiful Amity, I love the exterior and the interior is definitely with a Hamptons touch. I love the soft bedroom colours and your styling is beautiful, I can,t wait to see more

  2. Kirsty says

    I love it! I can’t wait to see the rest. Can you tell me where you got the bathroom wall sconce please?

  3. Andrea says

    It’s ridiculously beautiful Amity and that mirror in the music room is fricken amazing! The only problem I forsee is that your kids are never ever going to want to leave home!

  4. Kylie says

    Thank you for sharing your beautiful home with us all. I have enjoyed following the process. I can’t wait to see the rest of the house! Your style is very inspiring. Congratulations!

  5. Clinton Lucock says

    Wow! The house is amazing. Thanks so much for choosing our Scyon cladding it has Hamptons written all over it. I hope you enjoy it for many years to come..

  6. Sonia Gadsby says

    Thank you for sharing your beautiful home with us Amity. While I’m sure you have pondered many hours over Pintrest and scores of magazines your style looks effortless. A lot of thought has gone into your home, I can only imagine the sheer pride you have when you walk into your home everyday, it’s amazing, can’t wait to see the rest.

  7. Karen says

    Huge congrats – wonderful warm rooms! Now everyone will be drooling over your rooms and pinning them like crazy too, look forward to the next instalment

    • Amity says

      Thanks Karen. I will be putting them on Pinterest asap, just not enough hours in the day to keep up with it all at the moment! Hopefully they can act as someone elses Pinterest inspiration!

  8. says

    It looks fantastic Amity! So relieved for you to be able to start enjoying the beautiful home and space you have created for your family. it still must feel so surreal. The front exterior has nailed the Edwardian/Hamptons look and I knew just looking at this first photo that I would love the rest…and I do! I would love to feature it more on my blog when the photos have all gone live on your website here? I shall send you an email, no rush, just get back to me when you are ready:) xx Ashlea

    • Amity says

      Hi Ashlea, I got your email and I will get back to you asap. It’s been a bit hectic trying to keep up with the response to the shots over the last two weeks, which has been lovely! Will chat soon. :)

  9. Row says

    Hi Amity,
    This is just stunning. I’ll be curious to hear how you go with the taps on the mirror, re: splashes, drips, cleaning etc! Especially with young children. I currently have a similar set up and cannot wait til we renovate to move them as faaaaarrrr away as possible!
    Also, what colour grout did you use in the bathroom.
    Love your style, loooove the music room!! And completely understand the cushion thing!!
    All best,
    Rowina

    • Amity says

      Hi Rowina, the lady at the bathroom shop did advise me not to do it for the same reason, but it actually hasn’t been that bad. Maybe the sink is far enough away from the mirror so it doesn’t splash? I don’t find it needs any more cleaning than the mirror in our last house, so that’s a good thing. And to be honest, it’s Phil that splashes and not the kids!!

      We used misty grey grout. :)

      • Michelle says

        We built three years ago and I put the taps in the mirror too. The plumber was very nervous that he would crack the glass. I love them. What I really love is the couch in your lounge. Where is it from?

        • Amity says

          Michelle, ours did crack the first time they put it in! It wasn’t an easy process but it was worth it.

          The sofa is from Camerich, it’s going the Lazytime. It’s super comfy and looks amazing.

  10. Sarah says

    Hi Amity,

    Wow! It is divine, l can imagine myself in a similar house – so light and airy compared to my house (even though my house is open planned)
    Well done

  11. Michelle says

    Hi amity just needing the length measurement of the ensuite vanity. My setup is very much the same and only thought I would do one basin.thx Michelle

  12. Fiona Guglielmi says

    Hi Amity well your home is spectacular. You have done an outstanding job, really beautiful. I’m really interested in your bedroom pendent light and would love to know where you source it from. Again your home is gorgeous. Thanks Fiona

    • Amity says

      Hi Fiona, it’s from an online lighting shop called Amonson. I got lots of my lighting there, it was a great find!

  13. Philipa says

    Amity and Phil, the pictures above are stunning, you must be thrilled to be in such a gorgeous dream home. My family is at the very beginning of our Reno journey and I would love to know if you have any tips on room dimensions and the best way to make sure you plan these well? Would love to know the dimensions of your bathroom above – I would copy every detail if we had the budget!!

    • Amity says

      Hi Philipa, the floorpan is on this blog if you search for one of the first posts. I don’t think it has the dimensions though. I would have to dig them out but will see if I can find them!

  14. Gigi says

    Stunning Amity, you are very talented. Wondering which product you used for the vanity basin? They are very elegant I am currently designing my own Hamptons/Coastal house. Do you find the Chalkdust colour a little yellow/cream? Did you use plain white for the trim?
    Thanks
    Gigi

    • Amity says

      Hi Gigi, I can’t remember what the exact basin was called but if you ring Routleys in Adelaide and tell them you saw it on my photos they should be able to tell you. Let me know if you have no luck!

      I was a bit worried the Chalkdust would be too yellow/cream but it’s not at all. I used Wattyl White for the trims so that gives a brighter contrast.

  15. Emma Yates says

    Hi Amity,

    I have loved your style since the first block aired! Just about to embark on our first build and this has given me lots of fresh inspo!
    Can’t wait to see the rest.
    Emma x

  16. Leanne says

    This is my favourite style and I modelled my own house similarly. You’ve nailed it too. Beautiful. Especially love the French doors and windows. Just lovely.

  17. Amanda says

    Amity you are a woman after my own heart! Simply stunning. You’re on my “when we win lotto list” so you can help me decorate my dream house (my hubby just wants to drink beers with Phil while we do the work

  18. Jasmine says

    Hi Amity, love the bedroom!! Can you please tell me where you got the bed linen from if not too much trouble? Thanks so much.

  19. Wendy says

    Adore your home and can really feel your love and excitement. You have done a wonderful job with all your choices and finishes. An absolute credit and reflects your joy.

  20. Danielle says

    Hi,
    Just wondering where you got the pendants over the bath?? I’ve been struggling to find anything nice with the right IP rating.
    Thanks Danielle

  21. Kellie says

    Hi Amity, your new home is simply stunning.
    I was wondering how well your scyon linea weatherboarding went with the summer heat?
    I’m torn with building my new home. I love the look of weatherboard, but don’t know if it’s as energy efficient as other materials like brick or render??
    Your help would be fantastic thanks Amity

    • Amity says

      Hi Kellie, we found the house kept really cool in summer, so I would say it went really well. It’s probably not quite as energy efficient as full brick but it’s a hell of a love cheaper and looks so much better, so that made it an easy choice for me!

      • Kellie says

        Thanks Amity!

        I think it looks a hell of a lot better too. My minds made up. Weatherboard here I come, lol.

  22. Bronwyn McHarg says

    Wow Amity – Well Done – We have just bought a block of land and am just at the start of this process…. if i could get something that looks half as good as your house I would be over the moon!!!! It is truly stunning!!! Your style is exactly what I’ve been looking for as inspiration! Thankyou!!!

  23. Jess says

    Hi Amity,

    Your bathroom is beautiful.. I am literally weeks away from starting our home renovation in Adelaide and following your posts I have gone to Alby Turner and have also looked at changing my main bathroom layout. Could I ask you the dimension of the overall bathroom space (length and width). My bathroom is currently 4300×2300. I can push it out to 2400 but want to see whether I can fit a toilet and vanity within that width. Thank you for the wonderful pictures and posts.

    • Amity says

      Hi Jess, I’ve posted the layout so hopefully that’s answered your question. Good luck with your reno and I hope you went with Alby Turner because they are amazing. :)

  24. Rachel says

    Hi Amity, Really love your house especially your living area. Can you please tell me where you got your JuJu hat from which is above your bed? Have seen a few online but I’m not sure where to get a good one from? Thanks very much.

    • Amity says

      Hi Rachel, I got mine from Living By Design in Balhannah but you can get them online from Table Tonic. You won’t get them any cheaper no matter where you look. Trust me I’ve tried! They look fantastic and are a real show piece though, so if you look at it as a piece of art you can justify the cost. :)

  25. Jodie says

    Thank you for sharing your beautiful home, it is gorgeous. I was wondering if you are able to let me know the colour you picked for the Maison pavers??

    • Amity says

      Thanks Jodie, I’m not sure what it was called but it was the lightest colour in the range. If you ask Maison and tell them they’re mine they’ll know!

  26. Cindy says

    Your home is amazing!!
    I love the French Doors you used in the music room. Would you be able to tell me where you got them from and if they have a particular style name??
    Thank you.

    • Amity says

      Hi Cindy, I just asked Seaview Joinery if they could answer this question and they don’t have a specific profile name for these timber doors as they were custom made to suit our home. The best description would be, they are solid timber door with a raised and fielded lower panel, with clear glass to the upper panel with an Astrigal mould separating the two doors.

      Seaview Joinery said they would be more than happy to assist you with custom joinery requests if you get in touch.

  27. Gayle Dowling says

    Hi Amity, A beautiful home for a beautiful family. Would you mind telling me what lever handles you have used on your doors?
    Thanks so much,
    Gayle

  28. Shannon says

    Congratulations on your amazing home, we have such similar taste its ridiculous, i had a mini party when i found this! We start building in October and your blog has been incredibly helpful, so thank you so much.
    Quick question – where did you source the prints either side of the door in your music room?
    regards,
    Shannon

  29. Lynda Legradi says

    Wonderful home guys. I am desperately searching for those french bedsides you have in the Main, These days they are limed and chalked. I really don’t want those tones. Any advice? Husband doesn’t like the idea of the African headdress. Any alternatives?

    • Amity says

      Hi Lynda, the bedsides are from La Maison and you can also find them (and other nice ones) on Interiors Online. I would go with art above the bed, as long as your bedhead isn’t too high. :)

  30. Krystal Hall says

    Is the headboard the Emmaline from Early Settler? Also, how do you attach the headboard to a frame? What kind of frame was used?

    • Amity says

      yes it is! You just use an ensemble base and mattress and that holds the bedhead up against the wall. So no frame needed. :)

      • Krystal Hall says

        Sorry for more questions. If I didn’t want to use a bedskirt due to having dogs, what would you recommend for a base with this headboard? Also, is there a way to add a cleat to the back to hang on the wall?

    • Amity says

      Hi Melinda, I’m pretty sure the garage door is just a flat white. The rest of our trims are Wattyl White and it blends perfectly with that. :)

  31. Michelle Hughes says

    Hi Amity,

    Congratulations on your beautiful home. I am in Adelaide too, could you please tell me where you got your coverlet from on your main bed, I love how the pattern works well with the bed head.

    oh, and let me know if your pilot friend is in need of any more ‘good husband points’ those sconces are beautiful – if only they were stocked in Australia :(

    xox

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