Today we take a look inside singer Guy Sebastian’s holiday home on the NSW South Coast. I interviewed his wife, Jules, about creating a family hideaway as well as somewhere perfect for entertaining.
The couple had been looking for a holiday home when Guy fell in love with the headland in Gerroa and was determined to find something to buy in the area. “This house came up for sale a couple of months later and we grabbed it while we could,” said Jules, a fashion stylist. “In terms of location it was exactly what we were looking for, but we wanted to renovate to make it into the dream home.”
The renovation meant gutting half of the top floor and starting again. Guy got stuck in himself, as walls were knocked out to really open up the view of the ocean, before all the bathrooms, bedrooms and kitchens were renovated. “It was a lot of work,” says Jules, who recently announced she is pregnant with the couple’s second child. “Guy was like Bob the Builder!
“He was knocking the walls out and jackhammering the floors, painting and getting into everything. He loved being the project manager and making his vision come to life.”
They were inspired by Gerroa’s beachy, laidback vibe when it came to decorating. “We went for a mild beach theme but not too much, whereas our house in Sydney has more of a vintage modern feel.”
Guy and Jules chose the furniture together. “Because he was so involved in the design he had a real vision for what he wanted. We just wanted a house where people could come and relax and use all the facilities and have a really great break. We love entertaining and having a house full of people so we went for a big comfy couch and a huge 12-seater kitchen table to make sure we had somewhere for everyone to sit!”
They used Emma Blomfield from Nest Designs to look after the finishing touches. “It’s amazing what a professional stylist can do to bring a house to life,” says Jules. “Emma came in and put the finishing touches on the whole house. I’ve never seen so many cushions and candles in my whole life! Just how she put the colours together with the prints and how she displayed photos and other trinkets around the house were all things I would never have thought of.” She adds: “It is always great to have another point of view and an interior stylist has so many creative ideas and resourses to help make your place look great. You don’t necessarily have to have a huge budget either. I do enjoy interiors and I am getting the hang of it more and more.”
With a fast-growing toddler and now a baby on the way, child-friendliness was always a big consideration. “While we were doing the house, Hudson was just starting to really get around so we made most things child-friendly. It’s never possible to have everything completely safe for babies but we did our best. There is a lot of open space around the top section of the house and baby gates on the stairs so he can roam around quite well without hurting himself.”
With the couple’s busy schedules, they like to get to Gerroa as often as possible to unwind and spend time together as a family, even if it’s just for a day or two. “Guy loves to surf so he tries to get out as much as he can. Whenever I go down there I always feel like I am on a holiday so I love it! Nothing like a bit of ocean air to refresh your day!”