Hello everyone, I have another special guest visiting this week, Sarah of A Beach Cottage. I found Sarah last year, and I have been following her for many months. I adore Sarah’s beach style, her stunning photography, and magazine worthy mantel and tablescapes. You’ll love reading about her life story and how she and her family picked up and moved from the busy city life of London across the globe to the beaches of Australia. I’m sure there are many who would love to do the same !
Please enjoy this conversation with my friend from down under, Sarah of A Beach Cottage:
Q: Tell us a little about yourself, how you ended up moving from England to Sydney!
I am Sarah, owner of a tumbledown old cottage on the beaches of Sydney, Australia. mother of three, wife to one, seaside taxi-driver.
We moved to Sydney for a sea-change and a new life in the sun, we had gotten fed up of the commuter life in London where much time was spent on the motorway and the weekdays had become a grind.
We wanted a warm climate and a healthy outdoor lifestyle for our children – moving to Sydney and a new life on the beaches has given us that and much more.
Q: How would you describe your decorating style?
My decorating style has been described as, among other things, ‘coastal chic’ though I often think of it as ‘vintage beach’ . . . it came about as I decorated this old cottage with a vintage feel similar to the English country look I had previously loved.
Because of the warm Australian sun and bright colours everywhere outside, the old chintzy look and big old bright roses didn’t really work, and I found I wanted a cool and calm sanctuary at the end of the day.
So I combined the things I love from the cottage look with a more coastal vibe . . . bare floorboards, coir rugs, vintage furniture with an old faded patina and of course the odd nautical stripe.