Living room styling in coastal home

The relaxed Mediterranean vibes from Corlette house

You know those homes you see on Instagram which immediately stop you in your tracks to go, “Oooooh!!” Yeah, this is definitely one of them. We fell for the latest project from Liv Frater, the talented stylist and interior designer behind She is Liv. Think relaxed Mediterranean vibes, effortless style and a soft, beautiful colour palette.

With some unique textural design techniques, come and take a look around with us as we explore this dreamy coastal home.

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Corlette home living room styling
Living room with balcony outdoor entertaining
Curved doorway to white kitkat tile bathroom

Situated in Corlette, north of Sydney, Liv saw potential in this home from the moment she stepped inside.

“This home is pretty special,” smiles Liv.

“It’s a project designed for my parents who flip houses in the Port Stephens area. With no option but to hand it over to me, the trust was there from the start. The collaboration between my parents and I made the overall outcome something we’re all truly proud of.

“From the initial planning to the design, styling and end photography, I knew the property had potential. As soon as design started, we took some walls out, which opened up and connected the spaces for an open plan design.

“We kept the home as a 3 bedroom, 2.5 bathroom property. The reason for the renovation work was to enhance the internal sense of space, while generously opening it up to the natural surroundings.”

Corlette house exterior
Master bedroom with balcony
Balcony with outdoor kitchen
Outdoor entertaining space with coastal feel

With a beautiful ocean outlook, Liv wanted this property to feel like a holiday with those relaxed, Mediterranean vibes.

“This home was made to feel like a holiday within. We used a neutral, textually diverse palette and the spaces become bound by their tonality and shared arrangement with natural features,” says Liv.

“I’m a real lover of the Mediterranean aesthetic. I also adore the textural and organic lines found in Tuscan towns, so I really wanted to include these elements in the home.

“The home was designed to evoke a sense of escapism. The elements we used, while softened through layers of textiles, have a robust and lasting quality.

“I love the use of refined timber and metal elements, such as the brushed brass hardware and custom arched doorway. They really help add character and give the space its own purpose and identity.

I would describe this home’s style as Mediterranean, relaxed and coastal. I just love everything about it!

Living room styling in coastal home
Laundry with gold accents in coastal style
Bedroom with green accents
Gold and terrazzo bathroom

This home proves how a luxe, holiday look can be achieved with minimal renovations and mostly cosmetic updates.

“I really took inspiration from a softened, slow approach to life. I chose certain elements within the home to ensure it felt like this as soon as you walked through the front door,” explains Liv.

“The major renovation was adding a 3m extension to the front of the property and flipping the gable of the house. Doing this meant it pitched at the front, giving the home more volume. Other than that, a few walls were taken out to open up spaces and the rest were purely cosmetic changes.

“The interior and exterior were both painted in Taubmans Cotton Sheets — a soft, slightly warmer white. The bricks on the exterior were painted to save costs. We used warm timber and brass elements on the outside to break up all the white along with planned landscaping (credit to my mum for this bit!).

“At the rear, I decided to do something a little left of centre and do a crazy pave with a Mediterranean rendered built-in bench seat. Again, this was a budget decision as it was more cost effective than putting in a plunge pool. After all, the home is super close to Corlette beach!

“When it came to this home project, we saved on costs by spraying the roof, painting the external bricks and keeping a majority of the layout the same. This meant we could splurge on more of the cosmetic features which I think is always more fun!”

Bedroom with Otsumigaki plaster feature
Bathroom with terrazzo wall and floor
Dining room with white and rattan dining chairs

The undeniable hero of Corlette house is texture. Liv brings different styles, materials and textures together in perfect harmony.

“For the interior, we went with an all-white colour scheme. In order to add an element of depth and softness, we added arches to the master bedroom and bathroom.

“My favourite textural feature has got to be Otsumigaki. Otsumigaki is a Japanese thin lime/clay plaster, that we added to the built-in bedhead in the master bedroom. We used a Japanese trowel to polish above the bedhead for that soft, natural luminosity. The bottom half was left unfinished, making a statement of the trowel lines through it.

We introduced limestone and travertine in certain areas which added to the earthy beachside ambiance. In the main bathroom, real terrazzo tiles and negative raw grout lines created something really special.

“Then of course, we added plenty of soft furnishings to compliment the aesthetic that was created inside and out. We used a colour palette of soft greens, terracotta and beige to finish it off and make it feel homely and cohesive.”

Photography, design and styling — She is Liv
Trades — Lloyd Frater
Landscaping — Debbie Frater

We loved taking a look through this stunning home. To check out more projects from She is Liv, be sure to give her a follow on Instagram. In the meantime, keep scrolling for more interiors inspo.

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Coastal living room with round mirror
Organic shaped mirror in ensuite
Entry to coastal home
Living room with view to entrance of home
Entrance to coastal home
Coastal wall sconces in living room
Living room style in coastal home
White laundry in coastal home
White laundry with gold hardwared
Gold tap in white laudry
White and gold coastal laundry
Boho coastal kitchen
Living room to balcony entertaining space
Indoor outdoor living at Corlette house
Outdoor coastal backyard
Outdoor dining space with built in seating
Otsumigaki plaster bed head
Mater bedroom with Otsumigaki plaster bedheaed
Gold gooseneck showerhead
Curved gold bathroom mirror
Guest bedroom with green accents

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Mediterranean Garden Villa by Studio Piet Boon

Studio Piet Boon consciously specified building materials from the region when designing this Andalusian retreat, emanating the ‘recognisably casual’ ambience of traditional Spanish architecture. The doors, exposed rafters and second-storey pergola have been crafted by Spanish artisans from locally sourced and naturally-weathered timber. Roman-laid stone floors extend from the inside out, establishing a tangible connection with the outdoors.

Remaining true to the typical Spanish villa floorplan, both storeys are laid out in wings and separated by the double-height grand entrance, creating a balance between private and shared spaces. The home’s first storey is reserved for guests, surrounding an enclosed L-shaped patio reminiscent of an intimate Andalusian village. At the same time, the kitchen, living and sleeping spaces are located on the second floor, opening onto a series of terraces facing the ocean. 

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Scandi Cool Meets Mediterranean Warmth in a Beautiful Mallorcan Finca

Scandi Cool Meets Mediterranean Warmth in a Beautiful Mallorcan Finca

Have you ever been on holiday and dreamt of staying? For one Swede, this is exactly what happened! Annsofie Stendahl booked a one-month holiday to Mallorca in the Spanish Balearic Islands over 22 years ago. With the long, dark, cold Scandinavian winter looming, Annsofie couldn't bear to leave - and when her friends packed their bags, she made a spur of the decision moment to stay.  

Annsofie found an incredible finca in the countryside. Once a vineyard and farmhouse, the house had been lying dormant for over 70 years and required a huge amount of work. Annsofie rolled up her sleeves and set about transforming it into a wonderful oasis, which is also enjoyed by her husband Viking and son Loke. 

Today, the once derelict garden features a wonderful covered social area with bespoke corner seating built by a local carpenter and cushions from IKEA). The family also enjoy a lush pool and outdoor bar (because, why not?).  

There are lots of beautiful rattan lamps like these available here*. The table was picked up in Thailand. 

Inside, a fresh white Scandi cool palette meets the warmth of the Med. The living space is sparsely furnished with wonderful vintage pieces, many of which have been purchased in nearby Palma. 

I love the cool linens in the master bedroom - try Bemz for an identical white linen bed skirt* (available in different sizes), I've got this one in my bedroom and it's wonderful! 

The beautiful stone walls have been left exposed around the windows and other parts of the house, adding a load of texture and warmth and ensuring the Mallorca character shines through. 

Annsofie transformed a former wine cellar into an atelier from where she can paint and create ceramics. 

How wonderful! What a life they've made for themselves!

Could you imagine moving abroad? 

Many Scandinavians have made the island their home - a few of which I've featured in the past. Here are a few other wonderful homes to dream about today: 

I've mentioned many times before that my older sister lives in Mallorca, and whenever I visit, I'm always tempted to stay! We haven't been able to visit for over three years now, so I'm super excited that we're going to visit in a few weeks. Since we're a bit of a rowdy crowd (!) we decided to book our own villa in the same village rather than inflict ourselves on Charlie et al for an entire week! I can't wait to see them all as well and discover more of the island. I'm also excited about visiting some of the vintage stores in Palma. I think Per's praying I don't stumble across a huge ceramic pot or other large item to bring back home. Trust me, it happens! 

I feel there's a bit of a theme forming this week already (did you see yesterdays holiday home in Kefalonia?). I'm curious to see whether it continues... (you may have noticed this blog is very unplanned, I simply share what inspires me day to day!). 


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French-inspired interiors in a Mediterranean house in Buckhead, Atlanta by Norman Askins on Thou Swell #hometour #housetour #frenchstyle #interiordesign #buckhead #atlantahome

French-Inspired Interiors in a Mediterranean Atlanta Home

French-inspired interiors in a Mediterranean house in Buckhead, Atlanta by Norman Askins on Thou Swell #hometour #housetour #frenchstyle #interiordesign #buckhead #atlantahome

(via Atlanta Magazine, photography by Jeff Herr)

For a Mediterranean-style home in the middle of Buckhead (one that’s always caught my eye), architect Norman Askins and designer Susan Bozeman brought a French touch to the new interiors, adding to the European style of the stucco house. The 1930’s home features arched windows above French doors, black shutters, and romantic Juliet balconies on the exterior, and the high-contrast look was brought to the entryway with all-black walls and a tortoiseshell ceiling. From the nailhead-studded pantry doors in the kitchen above to the brass fittings in the classic owner’s bath, this house is full of luxurious details with classic nods to European style. Step inside the Atlanta home below.

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French-inspired interiors in a Mediterranean house in Buckhead, Atlanta by Norman Askins on Thou Swell #hometour #housetour #frenchstyle #interiordesign #buckhead #atlantahome

French-inspired interiors in a Mediterranean house in Buckhead, Atlanta by Norman Askins on Thou Swell #hometour #housetour #frenchstyle #interiordesign #buckhead #atlantahome

French-inspired interiors in a Mediterranean house in Buckhead, Atlanta by Norman Askins on Thou Swell #hometour #housetour #frenchstyle #interiordesign #buckhead #atlantahome

French-inspired interiors in a Mediterranean house in Buckhead, Atlanta by Norman Askins on Thou Swell #hometour #housetour #frenchstyle #interiordesign #buckhead #atlantahome

French-inspired interiors in a Mediterranean house in Buckhead, Atlanta by Norman Askins on Thou Swell #hometour #housetour #frenchstyle #interiordesign #buckhead #atlantahome

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