Come take a peek inside the Australian Hamptons home of TLC reader Jessica Tynan and discover a few ideas you can steal for your own place!
One of the most common design styles clients request I help them with is Hamptons. And it’s not hard to see why. It’s such a timeless style and there’s loads of scope to make it your own.
You can choose to keep the look traditional, go moodier with the colour palette like with this Metricon home, or opt for a more contemporary take on the classic. The options are almost endless.
Today I wanted to take you inside Jessica’s home so you could grab some ideas for your own space. Jessica undertook a knock down rebuild on her 1950s weatherboard property and has transformed it into a Hamptons paradise.
Completed in 2018, this Hamptons home is packed with style you can take inspiration from. And the good news: Jessica has been kind enough to share the retailers she shopped at for this projects. I love it!
A Clear Hamptons Direction from the Start
Having devoured interiors mags for years, Jessica went into the process of building this home with a very clear style direction. It was always going to be a Hamptons design, but one infused with her own personal flavour.
“My biggest style crush has always been the Hamptons, but a less formal version,” Jessica tells me. “Not a direct copy, and with my own relaxed style added in. I wanted a beautiful home that you could still live in, make mess in and not be stressing that it would be destroyed by my three young boys, dog and messy husband!”.
Wanting a style and executing it are two different things though. And so careful attention needed to be taken to ensure not only the shell of the home reflected the Hamptons style, but that the smaller decor choices did too.
Jessica worked alongside her builder and cabinet maker on some of the larger elements, but had free reign to work on the decorative moments herself. The approach was to enter the process with an overarching design concept, and then break that down room-by-room.
“This was my first time designing a house and interiors and I bloody loved it,” she explains. “I spent many hours ripping pages out of magazines, scouring the internet, creating boards on Pinterest and looking at display homes to put together the design and style direction that I wanted the house to go in”.
And a few Non-Negotiables, Of Course!
Any build, or interior design job, has non-negotiable elements if you’re wanting to achieve a specific style. Achieving an Australian Hamptons home is no different. And there were definitely a number of things Jessica simply had to have.
A raked ceiling was the first must-do, and Jessica was wise to insist on it. Not only does it give the home a sense of grandeur, but it speaks to the Hamptons style and gives the interior a real wow-factor.
That wasn’t the only thing on the lust list though, as Jessica explains.
“We wanted big skirting boards, solid timber floors, big cornices, lots of natural light, a walk in/butlers pantry, a big walk in robe and ensuite, for the kids to have their own playroom and bedrooms and bathroom, a nice sized laundry and a big beautiful kitchen”.
It’s not just about selecting inclusions that speak to the design style you’re after, though. You also have to ensure there’s a sense of cohesion across the home. As you move from room to room in this house, you’ll notice that sense of flow and repetition is ever-present. It’s the key to achieving an interior that feels harmonious, and Jessica paid careful attention to ensure this was achieved.
“I made sure that I picked carpets, tiles, paint colours etc that would flow cohesively through the house – this makes it look so much more pulled together and expensive,” Jessica explains. “I chose the same style subway tiles for example, but in differing colours to bring interest to the bathrooms, laundry and kitchen. We also knew that we wanted solid timber floors – custom stained in a matte finish”.
Every Build Comes with Challenges
Of course, the journey to getting your dream Australian Hamptons home isn’t all smooth sailing. As Jessica was living in Sydney with the family for 18 months while the build in Melbourne took place, access became an issue. Design decisions had to be made without being on-site to be able to accurately visualise them.
“I flew back a few times over the build phase to check through and make any changes,” she says. “I came back to meet with the cabinet maker to nut out the kitchen design, make final selections of layout, stone, cabinet colours, profile and handles”.
Arranging demolition of the old home was also not without its challenges. A large protected oak tree that was located in the backyard had to be examined by an arborist during the excavation stage. It’s not an uncommon occurrence for trees to pose issues when completing a knock-down rebuild. But thankfully for Jessica the tree was removed without too much hassle.
Scroll further down to explore some of the retailers Jessica used to deck out her amazing Australian Hamptons home. And on a sidenote, how good is the facade below?
Jessica’s go-to Retailers for Aussie Hamptons Style
Jessica admits that she and her family are slowly making the home their own since they moved in a year ago. As they say; it doesn’t happen overnight, but it does happen. She also wanted the furniture and decor to be collected over time, and always keeps her eyes out for a bargain if she can score one. Below Jessica shares where some of the major furniture and decor pieces are from.
1. Provincial Home Living
“We bought our cross back bar stools from Provincial which were the perfect finishing touch for our island bench – and super kid friendly (i.e. wipeable). They have beautiful linens, decor, rugs and furniture”. Shop Provincial Home Living here.
2. Early Settler
“We bought our lounge room wool rug, a gorgeous round dining table and crossback chairs, and two display cabinets from here. They have gorgeous Hamptons/Coastal stuff. We purchased them all on clearance”. Shop Early Settler here.
3. OZ Design
“We bought an Ashton Sofa from here covered in durable Warwick Fabric – so big and comfy and made in Australia!”. Shop OZ Design here.
4. Trove Emporium
“The outlet shop by Canvass & Sasson; I have bought so many bargains from here – they have divine furniture and soft furnishings! I bought our coffee table, TV console, hallway console, bedside lamps, decor and stunning cushions from here”. Shop Trove Emporium here.
5. Onyx & Smoke
“A beautiful Perth-based business who make stunning cushions and seating, I bought the most beautiful velvet beanbag chairs for my boys from here”. Shop Onyx & Smoke here.
Are you loving the look of Jessica’s Australian Hamptons home? Drop me a comment below and let me know which pocket you love most. I have my eye on those herringbone bathroom tiles!