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The Journey of building our forever home

The Journey of building our forever home

Hamptons on Haven | House of the Week

Kicking off our first house of the week is one handpicked by me and one of my favourites on instagram. The attention to detail on this home is second to none and every space just makes you green with envy - its just so gorgeous - enjoy!

Who lives here

Kristy, a designer and artist; Trent, Property Developer; their daughters, Chloe ( 5), and Willow ( 22 mths) and Ralphy the dog

Style of home and location

Hamptons/Coastal style located in Noosa Waters, Australia

Timeline of build

Drawings of plans started in Feb 2016. They started building in Jan 2017 - finishing the home in October 2017

Tell us a little about your build journey

The build was amazing, fun, full on, thrilling, exciting and draining all rolled into one!  I actually really loved it, I think I cried the last week out of exhaustion and frustration over my pool but other then that it was brilliant!

Chairs -  Style my home
Coffee Table -  Hamptons Collections
Lighting  - Discovery Noosa

What do you love about the Hamptons style and where did you find your inspiration for your beautiful home?

The Hamptons style is so classic, glamorous and chic all at the same time. It doesn't date and works beautifully with our Australian scenery and climate. I first discovered my love of Hamptons on Pinterest where I started savings pins for my ideal home one day.  The more I discovered the more I loved. My folder grew and I knew one day this was going to be the style of home I designed for my family.

Bed  - Early Collections, Pillows - Pillow Talk,  Paintings - Designer boys

Did you enjoy the process of building and designing your home? Any hiccups along the way or would you do anything differently?

The only hiccup I had was having a newborn and being project manager! My builder was amazing and flexible with a unique understanding of what I wanted. I loved every moment seeing my dream , my drawings and my collection of images come to life.

I think having greater control over the build helped for me, being a designer at heart having the attention to detail and buying everything that went into our house made the journey completely mine, controllable and more enjoyable. It made me responsible for mishaps so I didn't allow that to happen often!

Even Ralphy has his own little spot!

Favourite Room of your house?

I am going to say the poolroom tied with the kitchen. I love the pool room as it's my favourite to relax and wind down.  It has the most perfect view over the pool, with the high ceilings, loft and all white adds to the feeling of tranquillity.

The kitchen is perfect, just the best balance of spaciousness and workability.  It looks so sexy when its all clean and of course is the hub of the home, I can see everything from there!

Lighting ( painted gold) - Hamptons Collection 
Tapware - The English Tapware Company 
Kitchen stone - Neolith from @cdk_stone

Is this your forever home or do you have plans for the future?

I thinks it's the ultimate forever home but with me always designing and hubby being a property developer I know this won't be the last. In fact I think there is more coming this very year so watch this space!


Kristy's Instagram account                              @gmellidesign

Trent -  Property Developer                             https://www.giumelligroup.com

Builder                                                           @hamptons_style_homes

Landscaping                                                   @earthcreationlandscapes

A few of Kristy & Trent's favourite suppliers for the house

Enquiries relating to any items used in the house that aren't tagged please contact Kristy over on her Instagram @gmellidesign



  1. Great article Louise, I follow Kristy’s Instagram and am heading to Noosa today, I am hoping to do a cheeky drive by!! Cheers, Jo. Roehampton252

  2. Wow that is an amazing house! That is now my dream house. I would love to know what external colours they used?