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Our Yamba Scandi Home Tour

Hello and welcome to our home tour.

It’s still a work in progress.


If you’ve been following my blog, (thank you x)

you’ll know we started building our dream home in June 2015.

They say it takes 10 years to fully complete your home when you build,

so rather than waiting that long,

I thought you’d like to take a peek inside and see where we are at.


We built with the guys from GJ Gardners Grafton.

I can’t give them enough praise and their fabulous team.

It was a dream experience, using awesome local trades.

(It’s bbq time soon guys, just shows you how much we love them, we miss not seeing them everyday)

This is the Edgewater 186 which we modified to be 226sqm, and shows you can make your own stamp on an existing plan.


It’s filled with my Yamba Scandi Collection and the DIY projects I’ve been making here on this blog.

There will be plenty more to come.


Last week…

one of our very talented,

local photographers,

Vicki James,

came to take some photos of our home.

I found out we have a lot in common,

we are both minimalists.

And, I love her work and creativity.

(Thanks Vicki x)

You can see more of her work here.


Welcome to our home.

This is the front of our house.

We still have no letterbox, that’s one of our next jobs.

(I promise Mr postman)

Our hallway is inspired by one of the first posts I wrote in Yamba.


The first room is my office,

but it also doubles as a spare bedroom, that cupboard is a snazzy wall bed.

You might notice we’ve swapped the pendant light over from my DIY office desk post, and added a few hooks.


Then, off the hallway is a guest bedroom, it features my Hibiscus Print and wi-fi password  plus these super easy DIY concrete stools you can make yourself too.

Did I mention this bed also lifts up, with storage underneath?

I’m mad on storage, nearly as much as I am on hooks.


Then there’s the bathroom,

you can’t see the speaker in this shot,

but there is music piped in here,

it’s a great way to start the day with a bit of music (and bad singing).

I love to put it on when friends come to stay too.


Then there’s another bedroom, this is the little guys,

we are going to redo our world map wallpaper on the blank wall and add a few more shelves and styling,

it’s still a work in progress.


If you look right, you’ll find the garage,

which also doubles as a studio and storage,

(and even a camp out, we had 6 kids sleeping here over Christmas).

You might notice my easy DIY Pallet Shoe Rack now has a home right at the door,

so you can take your shoes off as you enter the house from the garage.

There’s a few more projects to do here,

(I have big plans for that fridge and a bit more painting and organising)


Then there’s a media room that has a few of my Y Prints
and the DIY Terrarium and DIY Ruler Height Chart that you can make yourself too.


Here’s the open plan lounge/dining featuring the Pelican and Hibiscus print cushions and my latest printable What would you do if you knew you couldn’t fail?

Imagine when that bamboo grows,

you’ll just see a wall of green out the windows.

We’ve been watering a lot!


Here’s the kitchen with butlers pantry,

I love the Sugar Cane Print and our wine neiches made by one of our local shipwrights,

he’s more than a shipwright though, he makes beautiful furniture too, thanks Mark.

We’ve got a new grid board to house our family organiser and keep track of important parties and shopping lists.

Off to the side is the laundry, it features the Always Wash the Whites Separately Laundry quote

storage for recycling paper and bottles,

and personalised dog food containers that are in easy reach.

I think this room is the only finished one,

but you never know.


At the end of the house is the master bedroom with WIR and ensuite,

I’m working on a new piece for this to go on the black wall,

something that will match the pillow, Where The Crabs Live.

(stay tuned),

and perhaps a few more hooks,

I don’t think you can ever have too many of these.


Our ensuite has a double shower, and music too.

And hooks…

One day those Rhapis palms will be taller and you’ll see a band of green through that window,

we made the window clear so we can dream we are in Bali everyday. lol!



There’s still much more to do,

layering and creating and adding more pieces,

this is where we call home

and the people who have helped us and inspired us along the way are on the walls and in the furniture.

That’s what makes a home I reckon.

All the memories you put in it.


A big thank you to everyone. x

I thought you might like to see a quick flipagram of our progress over the last 7 months.



Thanks for following along guys,

I’ve truly loved hearing all your comments and well wishes along the way, it’s like I’ve had a whole new interweb family.

You guys rock. x


Have a great weekend guys.


Live with Love,



PS: I’m sharing my favourite space with the lovely Nicole over at The Builders Wife next week, so drop by and take a peek. What space do you think it will be?


I’m linking up with HIT, With Some Grace, The Weekend Rewind and the Ultimate Rabbit Hole



23 responses to “Our Yamba Scandi Home Tour”

  1. wow wow wow!
    I have the biggest grin on my face – love it and so stoked you had a great build experience.Phew, sit back and enjoy it. What a beauty it turned out!
    Keep up that water and your lawn and plants will be blooming in no time. You should see my bamboo 12 months on…wowsers!!!!
    I love your grey tiles in the bathroom, they are similar to mine and they are something I wont tire of. Seriously wish I could shower in your bathroom though, music and singalongs sounds so fun! What a great addition. It looks fab!
    PS: I enquired once with Vicky as a wedding photographer – small world huh?!

    Big congrats and celebratory hugs xx
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  2. Sarah says:

    Thank you lovely lady, we did have the best experience.
    We had bamboo before, but it was bigger than this time, I can’t wait for it to grow, it will change the whole look of the house.
    I’m pretty stoked with the music and the tiles, although the neighbours may not like my singing lol!
    Isn’t it a small world, I thoroughly recommend Vicki, maybe when you have a new addition to the family?, she’s just awesome.
    Happy weekend thanks for dropping by x

  3. I love your home! It has such a seamless design. I really like the laundry off the butlers pantry. Speakers through the home is one of my biggest wish items for our house. Do you mind me asking what type of system you use?
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    • Sarah says:

      Thank you Karin, it’s the first time we have had an actual dedicated laundry, our old one used to be in our ensuite!
      I think you should so get speakers they are such a great thing and they are not that expensive to do, (my friend originally had them in her bathroom and she would play music everytime we visited here), I’ve wanted it ever since,
      we don’t have a stereo anymore, we use our ipod to play all our music. The ceiling speakers we used are called Neotech and we used a 6 way speaker selector coupled with an amplifier, it has different zones so you can play music in one room and not the other, I just checked the invoice and the system cost us $847 not including installation. We got them from the guys at Cetnaj Grafton, also fabulous to deal with ask for Glen

  4. Maxabella says:

    It’s gorgeous, Sarah! I love your black and white pallet – so clever. x
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    • Sarah says:

      Thank you gorgeous lady, there’s a running joke here if it’s not black or white or natural timber… my friends say… that’s not Yamba Scandi. Lol have a fab weekend. x

  5. Your home is gorgeous – absolutely stunning. Enjoy adding to it and making it your own x
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    • Sarah says:

      Thank you Kirsty, I think it will take a long time, but that’s the fun part, adding and layering and changing over the years x

  6. Erin says:

    It’s looking so light and fresh and welcoming. Truly love it 🙂
    Fantastic to hear you had a great local experience 🙂
    Tucking away the world map wallpaper idea, want it!

    Don’t forget to let me know when you come downriver, would love to meet 🙂
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    • Sarah says:

      Erin, you won’t regret that wallpaper map, it’s awesome.
      It is great to have had such a great local experience, I can’t recommend enough.
      Me too, I’ve been meaning to all last year, come downriver…
      I’m going to email to set a date, x

  7. Just stunning! Absolutely love it. Thank you for sharing your beautiful home x
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  8. I love it but I knew I would! It’s just stunning and I’ve loved seeing all your pieces and prints that you’ve shared with us in situ. It’s also totally tidy – I’m in awe. The Flipagram is ace – you’ve come a long way baby! Enjoy your home sweet home – hope you make some magical memories in it!

  9. Wow! I’ve been waiting excitedly for the tour. Love love love it! You’ve done An Amazing Job. My fave part… music in the bathrooms!! Xx
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    • Sarah says:

      Awh, you are gorgeous, thanks lovely, there is still more to do, more layers etc, but we are definately getting there. x
      Yep the music does rock my mornings, and the neighbours lol!

  10. I love your new digs! So tidy and modern! And your office!! Thanks for taking us on a tour!
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  11. I love your home, it’s so beautiful. I’m so glad you had the opportunity to have it photographed. Nothing beats a shiny new home!
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    • Sarah says:

      You can say that again… professional photography, just makes everything so much better.
      Thanks for dropping by lovely lady, you’re right, I’m loving all the shiny x

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  13. I absolutely love what you are doing with the house and the monochrome theme too. It looks fabulous. We are at the final stages of our renovation (has taken much longer than expected!) the fun part is the decorating.
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