sunshine coast beach shack.
by victoria comment

12/4/19

australian beach shack designed by kim connor with a mix of vintage modern furnishings. / sfgirlbybay

you know how i love a good beach shack, so when kim connor sent me these exquisite pics of her beach shack project, i was most excited to share with you. kim is an interiors-loving-architect, wife, mum of two boys and two black mini schnauzers and has just finished her first beach house, a small ‘original’ 1974 shack on the Sunshine Coast, in Australia. she and her husband discovered this gem of an area called Point Arkwright, and like their beach shack, Point Arkwright is like stepping back in time. It’s a spot that locals like to keep secret and is absolutely breathtaking. Think rock pools, loggerhead turtles (they nest on this beach), reefs, osprey, blue crabs, dolphins, and whales — an exceptional coastal pocket.

whitewashed beach shack with vintage furnishings on australian sunshine coast. / sfgirlbybay

The original owner had owned the property for 40+ years with her family before selling it and today ‘BARRA’ as the beach shack is called (short for Barramundi — an Australia Sea Bass and kim’s all-time favorite local fish) is a larger renovated beach house made up of two distinct parts — the original 1974 Shack to the front and a single-story extension or the ‘Shed’ that kim designed and sits out the back overlooking the pool, palms, and lawn.

moroccan woven lighting fixture lampshade in australian beach shack. / sfgirlbybay

while kim loves architecture, she finds the most rewarding part of her work is infusing a space with objects that she loves and she sources amazing things from all sorts of places — sometimes found online (like the straw lampshades from Morocco) and a 30-year-old shark jaw found via Gumtree, which is an online marketplace like our Craigslist, and sometimes finds the very best objects from charity shops — like glassware, vintage wood bowls and platters.  as you can see, she’s a master at styling her collections and she also paints — the large canvases in the entry, master bedroom and children’s tv room are her works of art. The ground floor living room with the exposed ceiling and fireplace is one of her favorite places in the home because you can hear the roaring ocean — and was formerly the garage and the upstairs open plan loft with timber kayak hanging from the wood beams. have a look around this enviable project and for more beach shack inspiration, visit kim’s instagram account.

large black and white painting in australian beach shack. / sfgirlbybay

matching leather lounge chairs in vintage modern mixed living room. / sfgirlbybay

painted white exposed beamed ceilings in australian beach shack. / sfgirlbybay

vintage wood decor in australian beach shack. / sfgirlbybay

vintage modern dining area with woven moroccan lighting fixtures. / sfgirlbybay

kitchen and dining room in vintage modern beach shack in australia. / sfgirlbybay

beachy interior with vintage modern mix of decor. / sfgirlbybay

pineapples in rustic vintage wood bowl. / sfgirlbybay

curated vintage kitchen decor on open shelving. / sfgirlbybay

vintage modern decor inside australian beach shack. / sfgirlbybay

kitchen vignette in australian beach shack designed by kim connor. / sfgirlbybay

vintage lamp with wood base on vintage black cabinet. / sfgirlbybay

vintage modern bedroom decor in australian beach shack. / sfgirlbybay

whitewashed beachy bedroom with vintage modern decor. / sfgirlbybay

whitewashed guest room in australian beach shack. / sfgirlbybay

painted all-white exterior of australian beach shack. / sfgirlbybay

• photography by Anatasia Kariofyllidis.

6 responses to “sunshine coast beach shack.”

  1. Thank you so much guys!!!! This is my beach shack :) I’m so glad you love it…I loved transforming BARRA into some that is very special…and Rachel is absolutely right, it is an absolutely stunning part of the world – Point Arkwright, Sunshine Coast, Australia.

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