"I think of houses and their interiors a little like wardrobe dressing. Externally, the look of a house is its dress... the windows, doors, verandahs are the accessories and the soft furnishings are like adding jewellery," says Deborah Hutton, the television presenter and magazine editor who is renovating her three-bedroom Bronte house into her Hamptons-inspired home.
Before: Sitting atop a hill in Bronte, Sydney, Deborah's home faces the ocean. "I've always loved the magnificent mansions you see in the Hamptons, they are true coastal chic," Deborah says.
Inspiration: Deborah's favourite house in the world is featured in the film, 'Something's Gotta Give', with Jack Nicholson and Diane Keating. "There is something about the relaxed, casual nature of that architecture that fits perfectly with a seaside home and our Australian lifestyle," she says.
Before: Having lived in the property for two years, Deborah has become well acquainted with the maintenance and durability required to face the harsh rain, wind and salt.
Inspiration: Deborah's choice in weatherboard fittings stems from her grandparents' quintessential weatherboard home in Queensland, and the need to withstand all the seaside conditions. "Wrapping the house in Scyon Linea weatherboard, with its beautiful, deep shadow line look, will be its most striking feature from day-dot. It resists flaking, warping and swelling, so it doesn't require annual touch ups," says Deborah.
Before: The house is North/East facing, which is wonderful for creating the hallmark Hamptons atmosphere of light and breezy living.
Inspiration: Deborah plans to create large, open living spaces with high vaulted ceilings and a classic muted palette. "I like to do my research when selecting materials, fixtures and fittings - it's a long, slow process. Having a strong, defined mood board makes talking to architects much easier when you have imagery that illustrates what you want to achieve," she says.
Before: "The impression you get when you see a house for the fist time stays with you, it creates an impact... I spent many hours scouring design sites to create my mood board," Deborah says. Her current styling reflects the classic coastal palette of blues and greens.
Inspiration: Deborah envisions timber balustrades, exposed beams, and tongue and groove panelling to lend their style to a Hamptons coastal facade.
Before: Deborah advises putting effort into finding the right architect from the beginning of the renovation process. "Where I started and who I started with is not where I am now... and that mistake has cost me time and money."
Inspiration: It's critical to have someone who understands and appreciates your vision, Deborah says. "Good design doesn't always mean it can be built!" Deborah's house is due for completion later in 2018. For further information on her renovation journey, visit her website .