The Boathouse Home: How to style your living room

Our living rooms are one of our most lived in spaces in our homes, and a space that should feel welcoming and relaxing. Here, Pip Goldsmith talks us through her tips and tricks for styling a coastal living room.

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Customising your cushions gives your room originality. It’s always nice to see things that you can’t purchase everywhere. This palm fabric is a new range from the UK. It comes in 3 colour ways and is a great touch of colour without it being over the top.

These rope chairs are currently in-store at The Boathouse Home. We can custom make your cushion base to suit your room. A lovely coastal option.

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Indoor plants or flowers always complete a space and give it life. Indoor ferns, plants or orchids have a longer life, so you don’t need to replace them as frequently as flowers.

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Baskets are practical and add texture. I love using benches with baskets underneath for blank walls or as an alternative to an entertainment unit. I’m always on the hunt for beautiful baskets!

I love throws, you can never have too many. I think they have the ability to add a touch of non committal colour as well as texture and warmth.

Our favourite throw at the moment features in our rooms at Barrenjoey House. It is a great size for a lounge or bed. It is a linen and cotton mix which is great, as it doesn’t get too creased.

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A lover of colour doesn’t mean you don’t also love white. Some spaces need the calm of an all neutral palette. This custom made shell mirror is such a beautiful, textural feature to any space. All coral used is sustainably harvested.

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Lamps are vital to your room, not just for light but usually help balance out areas. This custom shade is expensive but amazing. Some pieces I believe are worth the splurge.

Art is so important to you room, it is a great way to add interest and character. Also, it is a lovely personal reflection of who you are!

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No room is complete without stripes. Not true, but I am a stripe addict! I also opt for an ottoman over a coffee table in some spaces if there are too many hard surfaces and the room needs softening.

Fun objects on display give a room a bit of life, and your guests a small taste of your personality.

Shop the look at The Boathouse Home store in Palm Beach.

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Celebrate: Ceremony styling by The Boathouse


You’re engaged, congratulations! Now its time for the fun part, planning your wedding!

One of the biggest parts of your special day is your ceremony. To take the stress out of planning your ceremony, The Boathouse events team have offered their top tips for planning your ‘I do’s’.

  1. Have a wet weather back up!

  2. Organise one supplier to provide all of your ceremony styling.

  3. Consider the time of year that you are getting married. If it is going to be hot, it is a good idea to offer refreshments for your guests straight after the ceremony. If it is going to be cold, consider an indoor location, or if outdoors, portable heaters or blankets.

  4. Consider what your guests will do between the ceremony and reception, while you are having photos taken. A good idea is to offer drinks and snacks at your ceremony location.

  5. Smile and enjoy the moment!

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The Boathouse offer a ceremony styling package, perfect for your beachside or garden Boathouse ceremony. The package includes a white timber arbour with florals, 24 chairs, a marble signing table with two chairs, pots of fresh florals, and the team to set up and pack down the ceremony styling.

For details and to book, email or call 02 9974 5440.

Click here to view the package online.