Old Meets New In a Fabulous House By The Sea

Mandy Hart describes herself as a 'wife, mama to two cuties, stylist and vintage rug hoarder' (she and I are going to make great friends!). Mandy, her husband and two children moved to Australia from the UK six years ago in search of sun and a house by the sea (and no doubt a little sunshine!). They found their dream home on the coast of New South Wales - "which even came with its own little boat!" Their beautiful home is a perfect blend of old and new. White floors and walls serve as a gallery-style backdrop for a collection of vintage Persian rugs (which Mandy's Mother started collecting over 30 years ago)items picked up on their travels, lush plants and contemporary finds while an injection of timber and rattan also add to the relaxed vibe. Let's take a peek inside!

Cabinet from Ikea, Plant pot from Target Australia

"I love to combine vintage and modern, high and low and my staple is always my Persian rugs, which come with us everywhere and instantly make any house we live in a home."

Aside from the decor - I absolutely love the architecture, isn't it striking?!

Is there anything that stood out to you?

You can see more of Mandy's home over on her popular instagram feed @by_hart_ and take a peek at other fabulous Australian homes:

A relaxed beach home in neutral, earthy tones
Rent this relaxed eco-cabin by the sea
A charming cottage in Australia

Wishing you a wonderful start to the week.


PS My thoughts are with the people of New Zealand today, I was desperately saddened to hear about the atrocious events that unfolded over the weekend. 


  1. the light is much light

    1. It really is, living in Sweden (and inn the middle of a long old winter!) I really appreciate beautiful light in homes!

  2. Excellent, what a nice balance between white and wood and natural fibers. What is striking - and I've seen in several sides- is the carpet in the kitchen, and more that in particular, they are not stain when cooking? Something always falls, or am I, that I am a disaster?

    1. I have to say, we have a rug under our dining table and it's starting to be a bit of a health hazard so you're definitely not the only one!!

  3. What a light and bright space! I love all the potted plants, and of course those rugs are amazing.

    1. Totally with you, the plants and beautiful rugs make such a difference to the entire spaces -Really love them!


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