Tuesday, February 2, 2016


Photographed by Jess, the clever cookie, Joyess Images

Exciting News! You may have guessed we're bringing back the Family Home Project series in 2016 and we could not be more excited about it!

Welcome to the home of Jess, Chad, Jonty, Finn and their little kitty Rupert. Lovely Jess and her beautiful family have kindly put their hands up to kick-start the series and we're so glad they did! Jess, being a photographer, has snapped their beautiful renovated home with all it's sweet character , cleverly organised nooks and perfected finishing touches. 

Take a wander through their sacred spaces and delight in the wonderful little insights their rooms give into each member's personalities and their overall unique style as a family. It's the kind of home that makes you want to take a seat and soak in the delicious comfort it boasts whilst enjoying every joyful detail to the full.

Enjoy! And join in on the celebrations as we continue this series throughout this new year. It's going to be a blast.


Who lives here? (names, occupations, ages of children)
Chad (IT Manager), Jess (photographer), Jonty (6), Finn (3) and Rupert the kitten

What is your style ethos?
Comfort, Organisation and Style on a Shoestring! 

Who/what inspires your style?
I love the light wood and light in general of the Danish and Scandi styles, but could never do minimal or a pure white palette! I'm also inspired by the bravery of the Mexican colours and the organisation of the Japanese. My kids rooms are inspired by their personalities and current interests and our living areas are designed mainly for comfort!

Where is your favourite place to sit?
Ooh that's a hard one! I'm sure I've worn a dent into our 2nd hand leather lounge where I sit and work on my laptop, but as we've only got one living area I love escaping (from the kids!) to our bedroom and sitting on the bed and seeing what the massive Crepe Myrtle tree is up to (currently bursting into a billion pink blooms).

What are your future plans/dreams for your house?
I'd LOVE to find a way to connect our living area to the backyard and whack another bedroom and bathroom in here somewhere, but suspect we're more likely to sell it and move on before that happens!

Do you have any quirky “obsessions” for types of furniture or things (books, spoons, throws etc)?
I have an unhealthy number of cushions and throws both on display and in hiding... So many colour schemes.. not enough time!

If you had to choose your favourite piece what would it be?
Currently I am massively proud of the leather strap shelf in our lounge room - I sourced the wood and leather and made it myself (girl power!), I also really love the wash stand with the pink tiles in our loungeroom - it was a wedding present to my Great Aunt and Uncle probably close to 90 years ago!

Any tips for someone who might like to emulate your style (places to shop, key items colours etc)?
Don't be afraid of colour and mixing styles. Currently I am really loving pastels and a splash of yellow (ask my 6 year old and apparently yellow is Mummy's favourite colour) and my furniture is a mix of Scandi, turn of the century originals and country! I am LOVING Kmart's new foray into homewares - it's made adding designer looking pieces completely and utterly affordable. Don't be afraid of DIY and to cull FREQUENTLY to keep your home feeling comfy but not cluttered.

What makes a house a home?
Oh more than anything the people in it! I love being able to share our modest little home with my family! Ultimately, if you love it and it makes you happy, then that beats everything.


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If you could see your home being featured in this series, we'd love to hear from you. Get in touch with some pics and your thoughts at thebeetleshackblog@gmail.com


  1. What a gorgeous post. Such a homely home but the effort put in to make it so beautiful has obviously been huge. Love this series. Really do. Our homes are where are hearts are. Isn't that a true saying.

  2. A beautiful home :) I love the current colour scheme although I'm sure the cushion stash has equally gorgeous options. The washstand is a winner too!

  3. What a gorgeous space. I love Scandi and Danish styles too - minimal always looks so swish, but I too would struggle to keep the colours muted... I never thought to consider Mexican-inspired colours, but I'm totally all for it! I'm saving this post for home inspiration immediately!!

  4. Loving your beautiful home, fresh and comfy. Id love to know where to source a similar dinning table? if your happy to share that secret. Regards Mardi.

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  6. Just got totally consumed with your blog! Was supposed to be working on my own but yours just captivated me entirely for the past 45mins (now I feel like a nosey lady! ha) Great pics and writing, definitely got me inspired, thank you and I look forward to reading more!

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Thanks so much for your words of encouragement, advice and solidarity.

xo em