Heavenly RETREAT
Home Beautiful|October 2021
WARM WELCOMES ABOUND AT THIS RELAXING FAMILY OASIS WHERE COMFORT AND LUXURY ARE PERFECTLY DELIVERED IN EQUAL MEASURE.
JESSICA BELLEF

LA BOHÈME Brimming with exotic holiday style, a century-old farmer’s shack on the Central Coast, NSW, has a breathtaking new look and a redefined purpose. “The property was named Noonameena before we purchased it, which translates to a resting place in the bush. We wanted to create a space for family, friends, and guests to rest, relax and recharge,” says Nicole, pictured opposite, with dalmatian puppy Bruno and four of her and husband Marc’s five children: from left, Dominic, Valentina, Michaela, and Claudia. The ground-level verandah (below) provides a spot for breezy lounging, framed by a series of arched mirrors from One World Collection and vintage wall sconces from Lunatics. The daybed is made from reclaimed timber pallets with cushions from Great Outdoor Cushions and a vintage Persian rug (try Tribe Home for a similar rug).

Tucked into a winding stretch of the Scenic Highway just before Terrigal on the Central Coast of NSW, this reinvented 100-year-old cottage radiates chic global style and a special kind of welcoming energy. Positioned on eight hectares, the home’s outlook is verdant, and the feeling is relaxed. Nicole and Marc, who live on a neighboring block, purchased the property in 2017 with the view to create accommodation for family and friends. “My husband and I both come from large families and have a large family ourselves. It’s been a dream to have land for our children and family to explore and run free,” says Nicole, a stylist and mum to five: Michaela, Dominic, Christian, Claudia, and Valentina.

The cottage was in a state of disrepair when Nicole set out to restore it with her good friend and fellow stylist Cherie Michelle. “We tried to keep as much of the original cottage in place as possible, restoring the old fireplace and keeping the timber beams and flooring. The natural light was something I really wanted to focus on by opening up the lounge area with a row of bi-folds and large windows,” Nicole explains. The shell of the old house remains, but the internal layout was reworked and the ceiling beams exposed. The addition of a wide wraparound balcony extends the interiors to the lush expanse of Picketts Valley. Once a dingy storage area, the lower level now boasts an additional bedroom and an undercover verandah paved in travertine. “Cherie and I searched far and wide for original doors, windows and furniture for the property, but, also, it was important for us to mix the old in with the new, combining modern and luxurious finishes,” says Nicole. The duo treasure hunted at the Sydney vintage mecca Lunatiques and spent hours poking through reclaimed materials at the Heritage Building Centre in Stanmore. The Frank Build team expertly upcycled and refitted the salvaged pieces that give the home its inviting textures and bespoke feel.

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