Valerie Hardy seated in one of her bamboo chairs. These were left to Valerie by a friend and she treasures them as an extremely thoughtful bequest.
Valerie Hardy seated in one of her bamboo chairs. These were left to Valerie by a friend and she treasures them as an extremely thoughtful bequest. Mireille Merlet-Shaw

Brunswick beauty displays great character

"I SUPPOSE I'm just a great nester," says Valerie Hardy.

"I just truly love doing up houses.

" This landmark Brunswick Heads building is a stunning example of a new structure that is tastefully fitted out, creating a warm, character-filled home."

She originally built and developed this property with my business partner Dee.

The much-lived in deck area is made up of new and recycled wood creating a warm, casual space.
The much-lived in deck area is made up of new and recycled wood creating a warm, casual space.

"Because it was essentially a concrete block, it was a matter of making sure it didn't look like that. We were going to paint it pink, but we chickened out. But now I'm really happy with the cream."

Valerie says: "We walked around Brunswick Heads and we were determined to make it feel and look beachy. We used lots of recycled wood throughout, including the shutters, plus we were lucky enough to find lovely old wide floorboards. We used Porters Paints, throughout which gives everything a nice relaxed feel."

The French doors are from Argentina.

"They're a focal point, both inside and outside the house. We have used a lot of wood, and the colour cream and I hope this has worked to create a beach house vibe.

The Art Deco drinks tray on wheels was found at a car boot sale.
The Art Deco drinks tray on wheels was found at a car boot sale. Mireille Merlet-Shaw

"The old recycled materials soften it up a bit. The main thing is we wanted it to have a timeless style, and not a look that would quickly go out of fashion!

"The height of the ceilings looks great and is also wonderful in the heat; it keeps the space cool and creates a lovely tropical feel to the place."

In the kitchen and the bathroom traditional tiles were used.

"I really wanted the kitchen to blend in seamlessly and not stand out. There is only one row of cupboards and they are in a neutral colour."

Valerie says that, over the years, she has collected things for the house.

"I would say that 99% of what I have is second hand - except for the Super Amart coffee table! I really believe you don't have to be a purist or cashed up to create a beautiful home."

The seating area features a wonderful mix of antiques, vintage pieces and clever finds.
The seating area features a wonderful mix of antiques, vintage pieces and clever finds. Mireille Merlet-Shaw

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