Hamptons in the hills.

Featured home in Wallan.

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Joanne Hawkins
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Photography Rachel Winton
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It’s a question often asked by those who’ve built a new home: how do you add personality, texture and stop it looking quite so, well, new?

In the case of Kasey, it was to add a carefully considered collection of homewares, furniture and window furnishings to her new build in Wallan in regional Victoria.

After finishing building the single-storey four-bedroom house with Boutique Homes, Kasey, a self-confessed “houseaholic”, couldn’t wait to bring her dream of a light and airy Hamptons-style home to life.

For Kasey, the Hamptons look is about sticking to a neutral palette – think creams, classic white and grey tones for the kitchen cabinetry and paint colours – and then adding pops of muted colour with soft furnishings and artworks.

Natural materials such as timber and stone are also key. Kasey stayed faithful to this with the introduction of beautiful wooden flooring and statement pieces of furniture which add warmth and contribute to a more relaxed ‘coastal Hamptons’ vibe.

Shutter love.

Another key component of the Hamptons look is Plantation Shutters. Kasey asked dollar curtains + blinds to install Pure White timber Basswood Plantation Shutters in the living areas while the PVC version was chosen for the ensuite and bathroom.

Timber Plantation Shutters were also added to a tall and skinny window by the front door. Its unusual size wasn’t a problem as all dollar curtains + blinds’ Plantation Shutters are custom-designed, meaning they can be manufactured for any shaped window, from angles to arches and even octagons.

The crisp Pure White Plantation Shutters feature 89mm blades – the most popular size. They offer a more contemporary look as well as optimising the amount of light when open.

Kasey was so thrilled with them she brought dollar curtains + blinds back to install some Plantation Shutters in her study after she and her husband had settled into their new home.

“Oh for the love of plantation shutters,” she says. “My home office is finished and I couldn’t be happier.”

“We switched the track of my sheers allowing me to have the shutters exposed and open to let more natural light in, but also when the sun hits hard at certain times of the day have the blades tilted so I can still work.”

The Wave Fold Sheer Curtains in Warwick’s Chios Mist add softness, movement and diffused light to the open plan living spaces, bedrooms and study. They are combined with Blockout Roller Blinds in dc+b designs’ Vamp Bounty in the bedroom areas and media room, ensuring darkness and privacy yet also natural light.

“Plantation Shutters are custom-designed, meaning they can be manufactured for any shaped window, from angles to arches and even octagons.”

— dc+b Interior Consultant

Inside out.

Outside, Kasey chose to maximise the usability of her alfresco area by installing an Alfresco Awning in dollar curtains + blinds Side Retention System. This Alfresco Awning, fitted with a crank operating option which allows you to raise and lower the awning to any desired position – encloses the space and creates privacy as well as protecting against sun, UV, wind and even insects.

Smartly constructed in dc+b designs Core Mesh Black with complementary hardware in a dark Night Sky colourway, the Awnings are designed with a closed headbox to keep the fabric clean from rain, dirt and UV. To enhance longevity, the Awnings are finished with weight bars and locking bolts.

“Our backyard finally feels like it’s finished with our new Alfresco Awning from dollar curtains + blinds. The temperature difference in having the   down is amazing and completely blocked off the cold and the wind. We can now enjoy a nice lunch in the alfresco in winter,” she says.

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