This Beachy Aussie Home Makes Us Want to Move Down Under


Courtesy of Kip & Co.

With a growing family of five, Hayley Pannekoecke and her husband, James, knew they were rapidly running out of space in their 1973 brick house on Australia's Victorian coast. With three children—Chloe, 10; Baye, 7; and Floyd, 6—and a dog, the home the family shared was no longer cutting it. But instead of packing up and moving, the creative couple went another route—a complete gut renovation and an addition to transform the original space into a four-bedroom, three-bathroom family home with three separate lounge areas and a huge loft space to accommodate visiting guests.

No detail was spared in the remodel of this breezy beach house. Each design decision was built around creating the ideal lifestyle that the couple envisioned for their family. Together, the pair had just the right skills to undertake this project: He was a builder by trade (now a firefighter), while she co-founded the décor shop Kip & Co, one of Australia's best resources for unique soft furnishings—from tasseled throws to velvet pillows and quilts in unique colors and patterns. While James was busy building the bathrooms' concrete vanities from scratch, she was able to create a colorful bohemian environment perfect for their coastal lifestyle in their town of Barwon Heads. The result: a crazy-cool family home that's perfect for entertaining and bringing everyone together.

Want to decorate like an Aussie cool girl? Look no further than this beautiful beach house.

And now, how to live that coastal life when you're in the city.