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A 'Colorado Ranch House' In Brunswick Heads

Homes

Can you believe that this stunning home is located on the site of an old pig feeding shed?! Located on the river leading to the coastal town of Brunswick Heads, this expansive property is home Kimberly and Stephen Eakin, the owners of boutique hotel The Atlantic Byron Bay.

Kimberly and Stephen have brought their keen eye for relaxed luxury to their own property, which they share with their sons Noa, Hunter and Arlo. 

28th August, 2019

Welcome to the home of Kimberly Amos and family.  Dining table and chairs by HK Living, lights from a trip to Bali. Photo – Caitlin Mills. Styling – Annie Portelli.

In the kitchen. Tiles by Jatana Interiors, bench tops by Slabshapers, stools by Haveli of Byron Bay, sleeper shelving, lights by Fossil Vintage, reclaimed timber barn flooring for all cabinetry, ceramics by Kat&Roger. Photo – Caitlin Mills. Styling – Annie Portelli.

Chief the Bernese Mountain Dog takes center stage among artwork by 18 year old son Junter, bench seat and cared timer pot by Island Luxe Bangalow, French chairs for Fossil Vintage, and hanging rope chair from Mexico. Photo – Caitlin Mills. Styling – Annie Portelli.

Lounge up to the library. Touchwood Trading balustrade. dining table and chairs by HK living, lights from Bali trip, cowhide chairs from St Barts. Photo – Caitlin Mills. Styling – Annie Portelli.

Ceramic bowl by Kat&Roger, wooden hand from Sri Lanka. Photo – Caitlin Mills. Styling – Annie Portelli.

Rug by Pampa, Emma Gale cowboy painting, chairs Vintage Fossils, cow chair St Barts. Photo – Caitlin Mills. Styling – Annie Portelli.

Pampa Litoral hanging bags, cheif portrait by Kate Sellars-Jones from FETCH, ceramic sculpture by Kimberly, ceramic vase by The General Store. Photo – Caitlin Mills. Styling – Annie Portelli.

Detail of the living area. Photo – Caitlin Mills. Styling – Annie Portelli.

Island Luxe Bangalow bed linen in the master bedroom and Pampa desert print. Photo – Caitlin Mills. Styling – Annie Portelli.

The open and lofty upstairs zone. Photo – Caitlin Mills. Styling – Annie Portelli.

Hunter’s bedroom, adorned with assorted skateboard stickers and handmade speargun, and a Sheridan blanket. Photo – Caitlin Mills. Styling – Annie Portelli.

Pampa cushions, St Barts chair, Boho Blue butterly chair, Barn Light Australia light, Fossil Vintage table. Photo – Caitlin Mills. Styling – Annie Portelli.

The Brunswick River. Photo – Caitlin Mills. Styling – Annie Portelli.

A home among the gum trees. Photo – Caitlin Mills. Styling – Annie Portelli.

Kimberly at home in Brunswick Heads. Photo – Caitlin Mills. Styling – Annie Portelli.

Backyard details. Photo – Caitlin Mills. Styling – Annie Portelli.

Hunter at work in the studio on the HSC major. Photo – Caitlin Mills. Styling – Annie Portelli.

Hunter’s colour palette. Photo – Caitlin Mills. Styling – Annie Portelli.

Family art studio filled with works by Hunter for his first solo exhibition at the end of the year. Photo – Caitlin Mills. Styling – Annie Portelli.

The garden in full bloom. Photo – Caitlin Mills. Styling – Annie Portelli.

Magensium pool surrounded by Merbau timber decking and Touchwood Trading pool fence. Photo – Caitlin Mills. Styling – Annie Portelli.

A blissful location. Photo – Caitlin Mills. Styling – Annie Portelli.

Welcome to this incredible property. Photo – Caitlin Mills. Styling – Annie Portelli.

Lucy Feagins
Wednesday 28th August 2019

‘We immediately felt the calm and isolation’ – Kimberly Amos. 

Kimberly Amos and Stephen Eakin of The Atlantic Byron Bay moved into their Brunswick Heads home in 2015, after discovering the site on a bushwalk. The property belonged to family friends who used it for camping, and Kimberly and Stephen ‘immediately felt the calm and isolation, while still being only 15 minutes from Byron Bay.’

Incredibly, they built their home inside an old pig feeding shed (!) that had existed on the property for over 20 years. Kimberly explains ‘as we discovered views of the bay and the lighthouse, we created loft rooms for the boys to overlook the ocean.’ The home is designed with a big rustic kitchen (for feeding hungry teenage boys!), and the exterior is painted with a deep charcoal, to cover the patchwork of corrugated iron and give a unified aesthetic.

The aesthetics of the interior are influenced by the many winters the family has spent in the United States, in mountain towns. Kimberly explains the family’s love of barns and cabins has helped inform the interiors here, decribing the aesthetic as ‘rustic Colorado ranch house.’ 

The cosy quality is enhanced by the introduction of a huge Canadian industrial fireplace, that channels warmth up to the loft areas. Many of the walls are painted with Dulux Domino, as a way to mask dirty finger prints (!) and create a moody, intimate feel. Meanwhile, bold geometric artwork by talented HSC student Hunter adorns many corners of the house! 

This warmth is accentuated through the use of reclaimed timber and vintage finds. Old bridge timbers from nearby Bangalow were introduced to support the mezzanine. While beach side living doesn’t often conjure an idea of a mountain hut, this home shows that Brunswick Heads can be both cosy and beachy breezy. A touch of California dreaming, on the Northern New South Wales coast.

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