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An Easy, Breezy, Beautiful Bangalow Home – Transformed On A Budget!

Having a baby and renovating a home must be two of the most stressful and exciting life transitions… graphic designer Holly McCauley and husband Nich Zalmstra, an apprentice cabinet maker, who dabbles in filmmaking!) undertook both at once, when transforming this 80s fibro shack into a family home.

We chat with graphic designer and gallerist Holly about her love of Bangalow in the NSW Northern Rivers, and how having a cabinet maker as a partner really helped bring this renovation to life! Holly and Nich share their home with daughter Della May Plum (3), and are expecting a new family member, due in January!

A Farmer’s Tiny Copper Getaway On The NSW South Coast

Casey Brown Architecture completed ‘Permanent Camping’ in 2007 – a pint-sized, copper-clad retreat on a Mudgee property.

A farmer took note of the project, and dreamt he’d one day have a similar cabin of his own. 13 years later, that dream became a reality.  

Located in Berry, Permanent Camping II is a modified version of the original design created with the same collaborator, Jeffrey Broadfield, alongside local builder, Smith and Primmer

Bigger Isn’t Better In This Newcastle Home

This Newcastle home may appear large in photos, but that’s all due to the clever design by Curious Practice.

Occupying a mere 55 square metre footprint, the new house plays with volume and height to maximise space for a young family. 

By using utilitarian materials (unpainted fibre-cement sheet, galvanised steel, concrete and others!) planting extensive garden areas, and engaging with the street, the project achieves its primary goal of creating a comfortable family home on a small footprint, whilst sitting harmoniously in its context.

A Stylist And Designer's Mediterranean-Inspired Caulfield Home

creative-peoplehomesA Stylist And Designer's Mediterranean-Inspired Caulfield Home

Georgia Ezra and Richard Morris purchased this Spanish Mission-style home in September 2018, after an agent sent through pictures with a hunch it would be perfect for them. When they inspected it, they knew it needed significant work, but could feel ‘in their bones’ how they would configure the space and transform it into a home. Georgia’s interior design skills paired with Richard’s building expertise made them a perfect team!

The previous owners had lived in the property for 40 years, and over that time extended the home for their growing family, as well as pouring much love into the garden – leaving Georgia and family with established olive, mandarin and mulberry trees. But the layout of the home didn’t suit the new owner’s needs, so Georgia and Richard embarked upon a renovation. Georgia explains ‘we completely gutted and redesigned the entire home. Nothing left unturned!’

The redesign included three new bathrooms (fitted out with Tiles of Ezra tiles, of course!), new windows, wiring, joinery and a complete new layout. Plus some new internal archways to ensure the Morocco-meets-Mallorca character really shines through! Georgia explains ‘for me, a home is about taking you off the streetscape and into your own escape, so it was all about taking everyone who walked through that front door on a journey.’ This means the interiors are focused on evoking a feeling, rather than creating a ‘perfect’ space.

The idea was to create a tranquil and calm space, and Georgia highlights that many of the elements of the home have been custom made. Georgia designed the wall scones and feature pendants, and had them made in Melbourne, and even the bed linen was custom made for this home. Through careful layering of textures, natural materials and furnishings, Georgia has created a uniquely serene home here, which perfectly reflects her distinctive Mediterranean-inspired  aesthetic. The designer concludes – ‘it really was not challenging to make this house a home.’

Georgia documented this remarkable home renovation on her blog – check it out here.

Welcome to the Spanish Mission style home of Georgia Ezra and family. Photo – Amelia Stanwix. Styling – Georgia Ezra.


Wall scones by Georgia for 2020 release, floor tiles in Mosaic from Tiles of Ezra. Photography – Amelia Stanwix. Styling – Georgia Ezra.


Georgia Ezra at home in her calm and serene Caulfield home. Photography – Amelia Stanwix. Styling – Georgia Ezra.


A bright and relaxed living room. Photography – Amelia Stanwix. Styling – Georgia Ezra.


Living room details. Photography – Amelia Stanwix. Styling – Georgia Ezra.


Cosy fireplace zone! Photo – Amelia Stanwix. Styling – Georgia Ezra.


The living room, with rug from Morocco, tiles by Tiles of Ezra, fireplace is Cheminees Phillipe by Wignells. Photo – Amelia Stanwix. Styling – Georgia Ezra.


The kitchen, featuring  wall sconces designed by Georgia and handmade by local potter (will be sold via Georgia’s new lifestyle brand launching 2020 ), floor tiles in Mosaic, splash back tiles in Snow both from Tilesofezra, bench top in Topus concrete from Caesarstone, tap from Brodware, sinks by Meir and oven from Smeg. The island butchers bench is custom designed by Georgia and made by Tim Stewart.  Photo – Amelia Stanwix. Styling – Georgia Ezra.


Mandarin tree out the kitchen window! Photo – Amelia Stanwix. Styling – Georgia Ezra.


A cosy kitchen corner. Photo – Amelia Stanwix. Styling – Georgia Ezra.


Classic Spanish style arches! Photo – Amelia Stanwix. Styling – Georgia Ezra.


The King and Queen artworks are family heirlooms handed down.  Bedspread is a block printed quilt, designed by Georgia to be launched in her new lifestyle and homewares brand in 2020. Pillows from Morocco. Photo – Amelia Stanwix. Styling – Georgia Ezra.


Carpet by Carpeteria Bondi Junction,  Upcycled Console purchased from the Mill Markets,  wall of art framed hand made collections purchased and sourced over many years. Photo – Amelia Stanwix. Styling – Georgia Ezra.


Bed from Bedtime, Panda Art a family heirloom,  bed quilt cover designed by Georgia for 2020 release, pillows sourced from Morocco, and tapestry from Guatemala. Photo – Amelia Stanwix. Styling – Georgia Ezra.


There is no surprise to find this home is filled with beautiful tiles, including the Unglazed Clay 10 X 10cm, and featured floor mosaic via Tilesofezra. Rendered bench and dividing wall by Marius Aurenti, tap ware by Brodware, and cupboard fronts are made from recycled timber solid oak. Photo – Amelia Stanwix. Styling – Georgia Ezra.


All about the tiles! Featuring the unglazed Clay Bejmat from Tiles of Ezra. Photo – Amelia Stanwix. Styling – Georgia Ezra.


Sink into this relaxing bath! Photo – Amelia Stanwix. Styling – Georgia Ezra.


Afternoon light on the converted Spanish Mission home. Photo – Amelia Stanwix. Styling – Georgia Ezra.


Spanish Mission style home. Photo – Amelia Stanwix. Styling – Georgia Ezra.

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