This website uses cookies to improve your experience navigating our site. By continuing to browse, you are agreeing to our use of cookies.

OK, I understand

Finding Bliss In Byron Bay With Courtney Adamo

Homes

After living in London for 12 years, Courtney Adamo and husband Michael rounded up their family on a ‘gap year’ of global adventures. During this trip, that Courtney documented online, the family fell in love with Byron Bay.

Today we take a peek behind the scenes into the new Bangalow home of Courtney, Michael and children Easton (13), Quin (11), Ivy (9), Marlow (5) and Wilkie (1). This special holiday location half-a-world away has become a new home for this effervescent family, whose energetic lives have garnered a considerable online following (including our own previous interview!)

21st November, 2018

The kitchen in the Adamo’s Bangalow family home. Courtney and Michael had joiner David Harris re-create the Shaker-style kitchen they had in their London home. Lighting from Dunlin. Range cooker by Lacanche. Fridge by Smeg. Photo – Kara Rosenlund for  The Design Files.

Stools by the family’s good friend Jeremy aka JD LEE Furniture. Lighting from Dunlin. Range cooker by Lacanche. Photo – Kara Rosenlund for  The Design Files.

The dining room. ‘We bought the old wishbone chairs off the previous owner. The other chairs are old, original Bentwoods we’ve been slowly collecting over the last couple of years since we moved here to Australia,’ says Courtney. Lighting from Dunlin. Photo – Kara Rosenlund for  The Design Files.

Packing lunches before heading off to school. Photo – Kara Rosenlund for  The Design Files.

A corner of the lounge room, looking into the sunroom. When the Adamo’s bought the house, the sunroom was a separate room with closed walls on either side. Courtney and Michael opened everything up to let the light stream through. Rug from Pampa. Photo – Kara Rosenlund for  The Design Files.

The sunroom, the kids’ favourite place to sit and read. Rug from Tigmi Trading. 1950s sofa from GumTree. The tiles under the stove are from Jatana Tiles in Byron Bay (they’re more than 100 years old!). Matisse Lithograph print bought by Courtney from a flea market in France. Photo – Kara Rosenlund for  The Design Files.

Home details. Photo – Kara Rosenlund for  The Design Files.

The lounge room. Rug from Pamp. Chair from Worn Store. Print from Block Shop Textiles. Photo – Kara Rosenlund for  The Design Files.

Baby Wilkie’s room. The windows were old aluminium windows, which didn’t honour the original style of the home. ‘We were determined to replace the aluminium windows with old wooden casement windows, and managed to find 20 matching old windows at Red Ned’s up the coast in Tweed – they transformed this room’, tells Courtney. Cot from Kalon Studios.  The child’s wardrobe is an old one from Oyster Linen. Photo – Kara Rosenlund for  The Design Files.

Mobile in Wilkie’s room from Bernii. Photo – Kara Rosenlund for  The Design Files.

Wilkie and Courtney. Photo – Kara Rosenlund for  The Design Files.

A corner of the boys’ bedroom. The paper cut print on the wall was made for the family after their world travels by Emily Hogarth. Photo – Kara Rosenlund for  The Design Files.

The girls’ bedroom. ‘We wanted to take advantage of the high ceilings in this room and allow space to play, so we built bunk beds for the girls!’ tells Courtney. Bedding from Of The Sun. Lights from Dunlin. Rug from Tigmi Trading. Photo – Kara Rosenlund for  The Design Files.

Courtney Adamo with daughters Ivy and Marlow. Photo – Kara Rosenlund for  The Design Files.

The bathroom, which used to be the kitchen! Courtney wanted it to feel like an old bathroom, so she bought an old wooden hutch from Oyster Linen. The mirror came from a local op-shop. The fantastic tub is Victoria + Albert’s Cheshire Bathtub. Photo – Kara Rosenlund for  The Design Files.

Another corner of the boys’ bedroom. Photo – Kara Rosenlund for  The Design Files.

Bathroom details. Photo – Kara Rosenlund for  The Design Files.

The master bedroom. The bed is from Kalon Studios. The wall hanging was made by Courtney’s sister, sent all the way from Seattle. Art in the hallway by friend Jeff Kowatch. Photo – Kara Rosenlund for  The Design Files.

Lucy Feagins
Wednesday 21st November 2018

‘This magical little corner of the world is so dreamy, and I pinch myself every day that we live here.’ – Courtney Adamo.

Courtney Adamo and family have lived in this Bangalow home for just two months, but in that short space of time, have well-and-truly made it home. The idyllic location is a long way from London, the family’s previous home of 12 years, and yet somehow, it feels as if the Adamos were always destined to end up here.

Initially, the family had the hinterlands in mind, but Michael spotted this historic property in the small town of Bangalow, and persuaded Courtney to have a look. She explains ‘I walked into the house and felt at home immediately.’ The 120-year-old house provided a rich sense of history for the family to sink into, and set a distinctive aesthetic tone for the interiors.

Courtney describes how the traditional style of the property informed the renovations. ‘I wanted everything to feel like it’s always been this way…’ she explains. ‘I felt like I had to honour this old home, and do everything in keeping with the type of home it is.’ This meant retaining the original warm wood panelled walls, and introducing ‘simple, understated and timeless’ pieces, which reflect the family’s laid back aesthetic, while maintaining consistent with the era of the home

Courtney and Michael spent three months renovating the house prior to moving in, reconfiguring the small space to accommodate their tribe of seven. When the whole gang moved in, the house only had three bedrooms, so creative solutions were required to make everyone comfortable. A sunroom off the master bedroom became a small room for Wilkie, and an ensuite bathroom was squeezed in too. Courtney describes how ‘every square inch of space is used and enjoyed in our home. There is no quiet corner or room that doesn’t get used.’

The kitchen is the heart of the home, and everyone’s favourite room of the house. They family splurged on ‘our dream range cooker and the pretty fridge’, completing the space with marble benches and brass taps.

The original panelled walls and warm wooden floors provide a rich backdrop for more colourful kids accessories and quirky details. Courtney outlines that she is ‘quite minim al when it comes to interiors… and increasingly more so the older I get.’ This minimalism is partly born of practicality (the family shed the majority of their belongings when migrating from the UK) but is also informed by a desire to live simply and meaningfully. Courtney’s approach is to buy ‘only what we need, will last, and look good forever.’ She also astutely notes, ‘the fewer things you have, the fewer things to tidy!’

This Bangalow House is a dream come true for Courtney and her family. She enthuses, ‘this magical little corner of the world is so dreamy, and I pinch myself every day that we live here.’

This Week

Studio Visit

Kuku Yalanji Artist Tiarna Herczeg Creates Colourful Maps Of Country

The emerging artist shares how they found their creative voice and intuitive painting style, as their latest solo show opens in Sydney.
Christina Karras
  1 hour ago

A Day In The Life

A Day In The Life Of Costume + Production Designer, Catherine Martin

The four-time Oscar winning designer shares insights from her career working alongside husband Baz Luhrmann, and how she helped bring 'Elvis...
Christina Karras

Architecture

A Compact + Colourful Extension Of A Fun Family Home

Foomann Architects replaced this Melbourne home's dated extension with a personality-filled renovation, behind a vibrant pink door!
Christina Karras

News

Bruce Munro's Spectacular Light Installations Are Coming To Heide

See a showcase of light and colour when the acclaimed English-Australian artist takes over Heide Museum of Modern Art and its gardens!
Sponsored

Stays

A Dreamy Getaway With Panoramic Views In The Heart Of Hobart

Edwardian architecture meets a Japanese-style extension at this peaceful Tasmanian retreat, complete with spectacular views of the city, riv...
Christina Karras

Homes

A Creative Couple’s Loft-Style Pad, With Brooklyn Vibes!

Designer Phi Do and his husband Yaniv Brayer give us a tour through their warehouse-style Richmond townhouse.

Creative People

Landscape Studio Ayus Botanical On Creating Calming + Enduring Gardens

The husband-and-wife team of Ayus Botanical share the thoughtful processes behind their lush residential and commercial projects!
Christina Karras
  17 hours ago
2:04

Inside Look

Behind The Scenes At The NGV’s Epic New Picasso Exhibition

Exhibition designer Allie Mactier takes us through one of the National Gallery of Victoria's biggest exhibitions ever.

Interiors

A Mediterranean-Inspired Holiday Home Right On The Water’s Edge

CLO Studios styled the interior of this new Noosa home (dubbed Sky Garden) with earthy tones and pieces by local artists.

Creative People

Artist and Yindjibarndi Elder Wendy Hubert On Mapping Country + Culture

Our new columnist Jirra Lulla Harvey talks to respected Yindjibarndi Elder, artist, Cultural Custodian and linguist, Wendy Hubert about Coun...
Jirra Lulla Harvey

Interiors

A Green New Addition For An Ageing Edwardian Home

Brave New Eco revitalises an existing Brunswick home for multiple generations with a new extension, natural material palette and clever use

Interiors

The 2022 Australian Interior Design Awards Winners!

From Troye Sivan's divine Flack Studio residence to a converted warehouse abode, the industry’s best designers and projects have been reve...
Christina Karras

Studio Visit

Kelly Thompson’s Playful Preston Showroom Clashes Colour In The Best Way

The clever creative behind online store, Makers’ Mrkt, gives us an inside look at her fun Preston stockroom-turned-store!
Christina Karras

Interiors

Two Sleek + Stylish Side-By-Side Homes On One Block!

This dual-occupancy build by Boutique Developments proves developments don't have to be generic, with each unit offering up its own contrast...
Christina Karras

Architecture

A Timeless Renovation Incorporating Three Eras Of Design History

The Autumn House by Studio Bright unites a Victorian terrace with its 1980s renovation by architect Mick Jörgensen, in one contemporary des...

View Comments

Similar Stories

Homes

Poppy Lane, Scott Gibson + Family

A ‘life sized treehouse' full of life and love, and layered with locally made furniture, homewares and artwork.
Lucy Feagins

Homes

A Tonal, Tiny North Melbourne Cottage

The pocket-sized pad of Josh and Jenna Densten is the perfect case study in small footprint living!

Family

Babyccino Kids' Co-Founder Courtney Adamo Talks Family

The Byron Bay based influencer, entrepreneur and author reflects on raising five kids, their family gap year, and life on social media.
Emma Eldridge

This Week

Creative People

Landscape Studio Ayus Botanical On Creating Calming + Enduring Gardens

The husband-and-wife team of Ayus Botanical share the thoughtful processes behind their lush residential and commercial projects!
Christina Karras
  17 hours ago

News

Bruce Munro's Spectacular Light Installations Are Coming To Heide

See a showcase of light and colour when the acclaimed English-Australian artist takes over Heide Museum of Modern Art and its gardens!
Sponsored

Studio Visit

Kelly Thompson’s Playful Preston Showroom Clashes Colour In The Best Way

The clever creative behind online store, Makers’ Mrkt, gives us an inside look at her fun Preston stockroom-turned-store!
Christina Karras

Interiors

A Mediterranean-Inspired Holiday Home Right On The Water’s Edge

CLO Studios styled the interior of this new Noosa home (dubbed Sky Garden) with earthy tones and pieces by local artists.

Architecture

A Timeless Renovation Incorporating Three Eras Of Design History

The Autumn House by Studio Bright unites a Victorian terrace with its 1980s renovation by architect Mick Jörgensen, in one contemporary des...
2:04

Inside Look

Behind The Scenes At The NGV’s Epic New Picasso Exhibition

Exhibition designer Allie Mactier takes us through one of the National Gallery of Victoria's biggest exhibitions ever.

Interiors

A Green New Addition For An Ageing Edwardian Home

Brave New Eco revitalises an existing Brunswick home for multiple generations with a new extension, natural material palette and clever use

Stays

A Dreamy Getaway With Panoramic Views In The Heart Of Hobart

Edwardian architecture meets a Japanese-style extension at this peaceful Tasmanian retreat, complete with spectacular views of the city, riv...
Christina Karras

Interiors

The 2022 Australian Interior Design Awards Winners!

From Troye Sivan's divine Flack Studio residence to a converted warehouse abode, the industry’s best designers and projects have been reve...
Christina Karras

A Day In The Life

A Day In The Life Of Costume + Production Designer, Catherine Martin

The four-time Oscar winning designer shares insights from her career working alongside husband Baz Luhrmann, and how she helped bring 'Elvis...
Christina Karras

Studio Visit

Kuku Yalanji Artist Tiarna Herczeg Creates Colourful Maps Of Country

The emerging artist shares how they found their creative voice and intuitive painting style, as their latest solo show opens in Sydney.
Christina Karras
  1 hour ago

Architecture

A Compact + Colourful Extension Of A Fun Family Home

Foomann Architects replaced this Melbourne home's dated extension with a personality-filled renovation, behind a vibrant pink door!
Christina Karras

Creative People

Artist and Yindjibarndi Elder Wendy Hubert On Mapping Country + Culture

Our new columnist Jirra Lulla Harvey talks to respected Yindjibarndi Elder, artist, Cultural Custodian and linguist, Wendy Hubert about Coun...
Jirra Lulla Harvey

Homes

A Creative Couple’s Loft-Style Pad, With Brooklyn Vibes!

Designer Phi Do and his husband Yaniv Brayer give us a tour through their warehouse-style Richmond townhouse.

Interiors

Two Sleek + Stylish Side-By-Side Homes On One Block!

This dual-occupancy build by Boutique Developments proves developments don't have to be generic, with each unit offering up its own contrast...
Christina Karras

Similar Stories

Homes

Poppy Lane, Scott Gibson + Family

A ‘life sized treehouse' full of life and love, and layered with locally made furniture, homewares and artwork.
Lucy Feagins

Homes

A Tonal, Tiny North Melbourne Cottage

The pocket-sized pad of Josh and Jenna Densten is the perfect case study in small footprint living!

Family

Babyccino Kids' Co-Founder Courtney Adamo Talks Family

The Byron Bay based influencer, entrepreneur and author reflects on raising five kids, their family gap year, and life on social media.
Emma Eldridge

The Design Files acknowledge the Traditional Custodians of the lands on which we work, the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin Nation. We pay our respects to Elders past and present.

First Nations artists, designers, makers, and creative business owners are encouraged to submit their projects for coverage on The Design Files. Please email bea@thedesignfiles.net