Saturday, November 20, 2010

Laid Back Chic at the Beach

I have been on the road doing stories, meetings and attending the state Tourism Awards. We have photographed some very inspiring people and some glorious houses, full of love and creative ideas. Can't wait to see them myself on the printed page...
Being at the Tourism Awards reminded me that I have written many times about how important I feel it is to have an inspiring surroundings when you are on holiday. It might be a simple bush shack, a modest beach house or a 6-star hotel room - a thoughtful interior adds another dimension to the experience.
The tourism awards threw up some new names (for me, anyway) but there were not many hotels and resorts that had outstanding interiors.
A friend of mine has a small BandB in Jervis Bay. She and her husband have created the perfect beachy escape without spending a fortune and this is what I am talking about. They have restored their old HMAS Creswell cottage themselves and decorated each room with an eclectic mix of antiques and inexpensive vintage finds mixed with new. The colour palette and overall vibe is restful but chic.


  1. I agree with your description of restful but chic.
    I would be deliriously happy to wake up in that bed, take a long bubble bath in that light-filled space then enjoy many an hour on the verandah.

    Thank you for sharing these lovely snaps and giving me a trail to follow to learn more about HMAS Creswell Cottage.

    Felicity x

  2. Oh, it is just gorgeous! What a lovely place to escape to for the weekend.

  3. What a gorgeous, relaxing place!

  4. It does look very peaceful and restful. I would holiday there. ;-)

  5. I would love to escape there right now! Mimi xx

  6. It's beautiful, Catherine. So restful. Just what you want a beachie B&B to be (B!) x

  7. I have stayed here and, apart from it being absolutely beautiful, it is also a great place to stay. The hosts were friendly, as were their animals; great breakfast; perfect amount of attention versus privacy; and only a short stroll to the centre of town. My only regret is that I haven't had a chance to repeat the experience yet.