Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Design Conscience: Boatshed Chic

My blog posts are usually inspired by thoughts that occur to me as I am doing everyday things. This week, with all the talk about carbon taxes and people tightening their fiscal belts, my conscience is turning to getting real about design.

People I meet often ask me what it is like to see all the gorgeous houses I do stories on for the magazines. Most of the time the houses really are a labour of love or the culmination of a dream for the owners. Most of the stories are about very real families, some quite well off, some with more dash than cash.

Funnily enough, it is often the latter that excite me the most. Where the owners have had to be really inventive and creative to achieve a great looking house without a limitless budget. And it always amazes me how they pull it all together when they have young children!

Today I have recalled some of my favourites - there are many more of them which I'll save for another post.

Beth's Boatshed: These are photos I took ages ago of Beth from Boatshedchic's home near Jervis Bay, a short drive from where I live. It is a gorgeous little place, decorated with much love and ingenuity. It has changed a bit since these shots were taken but it still inspires.
Beth has great style and an eye for a vintage treasures. She has collected, restored and re-upholstered many of the old pieces in her boatshed.


  1. What an adorable little place - love, love, love! And the view!

  2. What a gorgeous home! Love the relaxed and wonderful atmosphere. Enjoy the beautiful day, Kellie xx

  3. I just adore this place. I have been a follower of her blog since you put me onto it. I just love her style.

  4. Agree, There can be far more personality and soul in houses without the limitless budget.

  5. Jervis Bay is one of the most beautiful places in Australia, and that beach house is about a perfect a location as you can get. Lovely, relaxed, casual chic.

  6. Simple and beautiful

  7. Hi Catherine,
    I can't thank you enough for this post - it was very kind of you. I hadn't seen that image with the plates on the wall before - I love it. I've posted a big thank you on my blog.
    Beth x

  8. I just discovered your lovely blog and I look forward to popping by again for some more inspiration! I've just put the finished touches on my new blog ‘Coastal Style’ It will have lots of inspiration on beach houses, resortwear, summer food, travel and anything ‘beachy’. I had a lot of fun putting it together so maybe you would like to check it out if you have a spare minute.

  9. I love the whole style of this house - beautiful

  10. What a talent... I love the unexpected! What a darling blog you have... I've just found it! I love when that happens...

  11. Holy buckets! I'm a newbie here so I just spent waaaay too much time playing "catch up!"
    Your images are gorgeous!
    Kerry at

  12. I love the pictures of the Boatshed Chic and thanks for the link, I was wondering there are any current pictures of what the Boatshed now looks like as I think you mentioned its changed quite a bit now.

    Thank you