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Transforming a 1970’s home into an incredible Hamptons style house

In a home that Dulux states as having the ‘Best exterior before and after transformation of 2021’, we’re excited to take a peek inside this beautifully renovated Hamptons style house. From dated and drab to airy and elegant, Karolina from My Hamptons Haus gave this home a head-to-toe makeover. Let us show you all the before and afters, including our favourite and the show-stopper room — her Hamptons inspired kitchen!

Pour yourself a cuppa and sit back, this is a home tour you’ll want to savour ’til the end!

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Exterior before
Grey outdoor facade
Exterior after

Karolina and her husband wasted no time in transforming this brick home into a dreamy Hamptons oasis.

“We bought our home in February 2020. The red brick home was built in the early 1970s. The kitchen had last been updated around the 1990s. We bought the house knowing we would renovate right away, and before the home was ours we had planned what it would look like. We changed pretty much everything on the first floor, except the windows and wardrobes,” says Karolina.

“Before we even got our keys, we contracted AusFit Projects to begin the kitchen renovation. We also decided to go with a project company as we were very limited with time. We moved into our home on a Friday and by the Monday the project company was there to start demolition of the kitchen and bathroom. Those projects were completed in just five weeks!”

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Kitchen before
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Purchasing the home knowing she’d renovate gave Karolina time to plan her perfect kitchen.

“I love the Hamptons style. My hubby Thomas loves a more modern look so we worked to incorporate both styles in our renovation.

“Before we even found our new home, I spent a lot of time on Pinterest and Instagram getting inspiration. I was also thinking about colours, must have items and most importantly — making sure the kitchen would be functional.

“I needed shaker profile cabinets, marble fish scale tiles and the waterfall edge stone bench top.

“Even though we couldn’t see the space, we worked off the floor plan provided by the real estate agent. Once the final drawings were complete, we asked if we could access the property to do a few quick measurements. After a few tweaks here and there, the plans were locked in and the colour choices were made. After three months we got our keys and everything was final and ready to go.”

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The kitchen wasn’t the only project that needed to be renovated — the whole house was done!

“After the kitchen and bathroom projects were completed, we took on the rest of the first floor reno ourselves.

“Then we made a start on the exterior of our home. We managed this renovation ourselves. In 2021, we went on to be named Dulux’s ‘Best exterior before and after transformation of 2021’,” says Karolina excitedly.

“In August last year, we decided to take on the second floor of our home. Our renovation was completed around Christmas. The only space we didn’t renovate as part of this self-managed renovation which took a whole four months was the bathroom. This included a double garage, an office, laundry, entertaining area, bar, and fourth bedroom.”

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Hamptons grey laundry

Karolina isn’t done with the Hamptons style house renos yet. Her most recent project was transforming the home’s second kitchen into a home bar of your dreams!

“It was a second kitchen which we didn’t use very much so we converted it into a bar! It was a long four months in the making. So much hard work went into the design and transformation, but it was so worth it!

“The bar definitely gets more use than the second kitchen,” Karolina laughs.

Kitchen before renovation
Kitchen area before
Hamptons style bar area
Bar area after

With such a large renovation, ensuring things stay on budget isn’t always easy but Karolina shares how she did it.

“We splurged on things like the stone, shaker profile joinery and our Billi Filtered Water Tap. We ended up saving by getting the Billi Water tap, as we didn’t have to put plumbing to our fridge. Buying a standard French door fridge without water or ice saved me around a thousand dollars.

“Saving on small things like these allowed us to splurge on things that would extend the life of the space. An example would be the stone as it doesn’t scratch or damage easily — and having three young kids — accidents happen.

“Overall we saved a lot by managing many of the renos ourselves, saving on paying a project manager.

“My advice is don’t rush into anything and be sure to plan! The planning is the most crucial step in the whole process. Once things start to go wrong, it can be too late to change your mind. Always think about how you will use the space alongside how you want it to look aesthetically.”

Carrara stone — Smartstone
Mayfair cabinet knobs, cabinet handles — Zander Architectural
Fish scale marble splash back tiles — The Factory Outlet
Pendant lights — Beacon Lighting
INGOLF bar stool — IKEA
Smeg Duel Fuel Upright Cooker — The Good Guys
Billi Boiling and Chilled Water Tap — Appliances Online
Sink and Mixer — Franke

We’d like to thank Karolina for sharing her Hamptons style house renovation with us. You can find more before and after images, as well as follow the rest of her home journey on her Instagram. What are your thoughts on this Hamptons makeover? Did you have a favourite area? Let us know in the comment section below!

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Step inside Vanessa Hudgens

A Peek at Vanessa Hudgens Home Tour (Spoiler: It’s Incredible)

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Though I have the deepest admiration for Architectural Digest and all of the incredible homes that they feature (true works of art, really), I have to admit there aren’t many that I’d personally move into myself. Just me? But admittedly, all that changed when I stumbled upon Vanessa Hudgens’ home tour just the other day. I love that it feels whimsical and romantic, filled to the brim with old world charm, yet still young, fresh, and current in the same breath. All of those layers, the patina of the natural materials, like the channelled leather bench set against the graphic wallpaper, it simply makes my soul happy. And the backyard? It’s made up of my actual dreams. I encourage you to sit back, relax, and soak in all of the lovely details. 

PS -you can see more celebrity home tours here (my bar is high and I only feature the really good ones!) 

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An Incredible Workspace / Studio and Gallery in Delft Holland

An Incredible Workspace / Studio and Gallery in Delft Holland

Many moons ago interior designer and photographer Holly Marder of Avenue Design Studio came and shot my home for a magazine feature and we've been in touch ever since. Not only is Holly a lovely, funny person, she's also amazingly talented. Every interior she touches turns to gold and I've featured so much of her interior work here in the past. I was so excited to discover that Holly recently opened a new studio and gallery space in a Dutch canal house in Delft, Holland. The building itself is incredible and boasts soaring ceilings, sash windows and an original parquet floor. And true to style, Holly has used the natural light that floods through the windows as a backdrop for a gallery of "curated collection of art, objects, furniture and design" as well as a design studio. Ready to feel inspired? 

The design studio

I remember when Holly worked from an attic space which doubled up as a guest room. Naturally it was a lovely space - even so, I think we can all agree that the new Avenue Design Studio headquarters is a step up! Connected to the gallery via an outdoor patio, the space is used for presentations, meetings and consultations surrounded by a "rotating collection of curated objects and art which are collected for projects in the process of being finished" as well as samples and materials. 

The magnificent studio table is a travertine piece which has been custom made for the studio. A large mood board (try Ferm Living for similar pinboard) serves as inspiration for various residential interior design projects. 

Gallery by Avenue

Holly is forever sourcing unique pieces for projects as well as collaborating with artists, so a gallery space next door was a natural progression and a long-term ambition. 

The gallery, which is open to the public (I need to visit ASAP!), showcases a collection of vintage and contemporary design as well as furniture and objects designed in the studio. Think earthy tones, natural and tactile textures and a serene look and feel. 

How beautiful! To think people work in spaces like this - gaaaah!

I'd love to visit the gallery too - the only problem is I'd want to buy everything so it would be very dangerous! 

You can see more Avenue Design Studio projects here.

And Holly's own living spaces:

Looking to revamp your home office or workspace? There's plenty of small space inspiration here: 

And other, larger studios / workspace inspiration here: 

And of course, I can't resist including a link to my own studio in Malmö. I moved in three years ago having worked from home for several years. It took me ages to decorate it, and I'm even doing a bit of a reshuffle here tomorrow (you know me!). I can't wait to share more pictures with you soon. In the meantime, you  might like to see the behind-the-scenes tomorrow over at @myscandinavianhome stories. 

That's it from me this week friends! Thank you for your kind comments, I'm so happy you've enjoyed the tours this week (if you've missed them, hit the 'older posts' button below - they're not to be missed!). 

Have a wonderful weekend! 


Photography: Avenue Design Studio / Studio Artspret / Fanny Hååg / Rachel Terpstra 

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An Incredible 19th century Stockholm Home (With a Fascinating Treasure!)

An Incredible 19th century Stockholm Home (With a Fascinating Treasure!)

You might have a bone to pick with me. I promised a Finnish home tour today. And then time ran away with me and I haven't been able to give that blog post the attention it deserves - so please bear with me, I promise to share it on Thursday. The good news is, I have another fine apartment up my sleeve - and I'm sure you won't be disappointed! Located in central Stockholm, the majestic property dates back to 1885 features large airy rooms and a fantastic ornate wood ceiling as well as parquet floors. The owners just happen to have fantastic taste too, filling the rooms with unique design pieces and small treasures. How they can bear to part with it is beyond me, but it's now on the market and waiting for a new owner. Could it be you? 

The star of the show: an incredible 'Vril skål' (burl bowl). I only discovered these recently via my good friend Sofie who just returned from a trip to North Sweden. I thought they were so beautiful I ordered two online immediately. They are handmade by North Swedish craftsmen using burl - a woody growth found on the trunk of a spruce, birch or other tree.  

It almost pains me to share the details as I love how unique they are at present (does that sound terrible?), but since we're all friends, I'll let you in on a secret.... you can source them online here* and here - although you'd need to be quick they are vintage one-offs! Otherwise keep an eye on Etsy for the latest birch burl bowl listings*.  Just don't tell anyone! 

The sofa is by Melimeli - the founder of whom's home I once featured here

A hot trend right now - painting ceilings a darker tone - like this! I love the lamps in this room, including a pair of Panthella* and a Snoopy. I also spy a fabulous Dora Maar vase* by Jonathan Adler and an iconic Karin armchair

All in all, such an incredible space! Oh, the things I could do with this place if it were mine. 

Could you imagine transforming this into your home? And what did you think of the Birch Burl bowl? 

Wishing you all a great day! 


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