There’s no shortage of natural beauty on the Gold Coast and this family was keen to make the most of the surrounds when renovating their family home. With its proximity to the beach and the lifestyle this permits, homeowner and interior stylist, Emma Rose was intentional in her style direction. “If the suns out you’ll find us gardening, renovating, having barbecues on the deck, down at a park or the beach with friends.” The home is a work in progress with each space carefully considered and planned. A fresh take on family living beachside, we were keen to take a look and hear more!
Emma Rose is no stranger to home renovating, this being her second major undertaking. Now with a family, her priorities and design sensibilities have somewhat changed- there’s a lot to think about. “With a young family, it’s not just about looks, it’s about budget and functionality. We needed to consider the price point, durability, installation, cleanliness and maintenance,” said Emma Rose. The home needed major work and there’s still key spaces that need attention, but for now, they’re enjoying the process.
The aesthetic is playful and unpretentious yet allows for practicality now and as her children grow. She describes it as a blend of styles to suit their personalities, the location and the architecture. It’s a bit “Palm Springs meets surfy and coastal… if that’s a thing! It’s a bit of a happy mix.” In particular, the children’s rooms are a bright spark. Colourful bunting, twin beds and contrasting linen make for a joyful space.
Flooring Xtra flooring is throughout, with functionality and beauty at the forefront of Emma Rose’s mind when she was making selections. “We chose vinyl and carpet from the Flooring Xtra core range. Native blackbutt vinyl and Ophelia carpet in colour Osric 1250 on 10mm underlay.” There were certain elements that she was drawn to that made the decision-making process easier. “The vinyl was colour first, secondly, the installation process and the fact the product is hard-wearing and easy to keep clean. With the carpet, we wanted something with a few different colours in it to hide future possible spills and marks. We wanted something to last the test of time.”
Emma Rose and her little family are incredibly happy with the result. “We love the vinyl planks! They make the high-traffic areas easy to clean, especially with two children under 2 & a half who are always on the ground. The colour we selected matches the timber on our furniture perfectly. I really love our carpet choice also; it not only looks great it also feels fabulous under foot.” Given the success of the project and the renovation before it, we were keen to hear if she had any tips to share. “For us, the biggest money-saving tip is to do as much yourself as possible. We’ve learnt new skills along the way, we’ve done lots of gardening and all the painting ourselves. We also removed the old carpet and fence. Always remember, have fun doing it! It’s so much more rewarding to know once it’s done that you’ve done it yourself.”
Disclaimer: In some states of Australia, the building regulations for Vinyl Planks, Vinyl Tiles and Hybrid flooring varies. Meaning they may not be suitable for areas requiring water resistance, such as bathrooms and toilets. We advise to always ask your local Flooring Xtra store for the correct advice regarding the local regulations. We also advise to follow the manufacturer’s recommended installation instructions and guidelines, not following the instructions could make the product not fit for purpose, for the area it’s being installed into and void your product warranty. To ensure you get the appropriate product for those areas, please contact your local Flooring Xtra store.
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