The host of Find Me A Beach House designed her own dream beach home with a very special memory in mind.
Designing your own home is when your creativity and unique style flourishes, and while Deborah Hutton created her own Hamptons-inspired beach house in Bronte, the host of Find Me A Beach House reveals that the design for her forever home was really an ode to her childhood.
"I grew up in Queensland and there’s a quintessential style to the architecture, particularly in Brisbane which is ‘The Queenslander’. It's weatherboard, there’s a lot of landscaping, and it’s just got this lovely, old-bones feel. I've always been attracted to the Hamptons style, so I think my love for those styles of houses came from," the media icon revealed.
"That was really where it came from. I built my Bronte house in that way because I wanted to feel like it had sat there for some time. So in 20 years, I can still walk in and it feels the same. It doesn’t feel dated. It’s a very classic style and that’s what really appeals to me," Deborah adds.
"I wanted to build a beach house, not a house at the beach. There’s actually a clear difference between the two, and you can see that in series of Find Me A Beach House. There’s some houses that make you go, ‘Wow - this is a great beach house!’ And others, you walk in and go, ‘This is a modern fantastic house by the beach’.
"While I really appreciate it and I loved it, it’s not my style, but I so got it and I fully respected the house. I really wanted to walk in to my house and feel like it was a weekender."
Deborah says she wanted to bring the 'weekender' feeling of her previous Central Coast property to her Bronte beach house, to maintain that 'by the beach' feel. "I wanted to maintain lifestyle of being able to walk in, just relax and sit by the fire or stick the barbie on and wander around barefoot, and drag the sand in if you wanted. It’s very relaxed, it’s not a precious house."
When asked to list her favourite thing about her Bronte house, the host was at a loss. "God, well there’s not one! There’s just not. The upstairs is magic, because it’s all just one open living area and it’s all very connected. It’s a beautiful area to hang out in.
"And then I have to say, my bathroom’s pretty cool. When I shower I can see the moon rising out of the ocean! It’s a huge window and it’s really private because I’m up quite high. I can literally be in the bath and watch whales. It’s ‘wow’."
When asked if she has found her forever house, she firmly states, "I did," before adding in a side of her witty, dark humour: "I live next to Waverely Cemetery so I look at that and go, ‘That’s my next move,' she laughs. "I won’t even have to move! Just blow the ashes over. When the nor-easterly comes I’ll just end up in there!," she says with fits of laughter.
"But yeah, I’ve done it. I built that house as my forever house. That’s why I’ve done everything the way exactly how I wanted to do it and I wouldn’t change a thing. That’s what I love - there’s no mistakes in that house. That’s why when I came home after a month of travelling, I just went, ‘Oh my god! I live here!’"
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