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When Trailea and her family decided to swap the hustle and bustle of Sydney life for the coastal quiet of Port Macquarie, never did they dream they would end up with an award-winning Hamptons home that still amazes passers-by three years later.

We chatted to Trailea Stewart about her love of Hamptons style, what it means to her to own an award-winning house, and why she would choose Linea™ Weatherboard again and again.

From the city to the coast

“I suppose you could call this our sea change take-two”, jokes Trailea: mother and owner of Trailea Design & Interiors. The Stewart’s permanent sea change take-two came in 2015 after they had already attempted a move from Kenthurst to Port Macquarie in 2006 but ended up moving back to Kenthurst in 2007. Trailea, her husband Phil and their four children knew that this sea change was going to stick when they found the perfect waterfront property overlooking Port Macquarie’s picturesque Hastings River.

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The Stewart family home boasts an incredible view overlooking the gorgeous Hastings River.

As a designer herself, Trailea has been longing to design and build their dream family home for years. The vision she had for their forever family home had always been Hamptons style. “Hamptons homes give the feeling of love and attention to detail. They are genuinely classic and timeless,” says Trailea. For a family as close-knit as the Stewarts, home is certainly where the heart is.

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“Hamptons homes represent entertaining, relaxing, and enjoying life with family and friends. My family, our home and sending friends off with full bellies, that’s everything to me.”

Heavenly Hamptons style

The pictorials of Country Style, Home Beautiful, and House and Garden allowed Trailea to visually translate her vision to architect James Collins from Collin W Collins Pty Ltd and building company Shipway Constructions. And what a vision that turned out to be. Shingled roof tiles, horizontal weatherboard, white trims, decorative fretwork and coastal colours are just a few of the defining Hamptons style additions that make up the exterior of the Stewart home.

The wraparound Linea Weatherboard 180-millimetre in Dulux™ Guild Grey is a standout feature of the home. “We looked at Linea Weatherboard when we lived on our rural property because it’s fire, termite and moisture resistant,” explains Trailea. “When we moved to Port Macquarie there was no question that we’d look at using Linea Weatherboard again”.

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The Stewarts chose Linea Weatherboard from the Scyon™ Walls range by James Hardie™ for both aesthetic and pragmatic reasons. Firstly, Linea Weatherboard helped them to capture the seamless horizontal lines and shadow effects, created by the 180-millimetre profile, that are the essence of a true Hamptons style exterior. And secondly, they wanted the durability and ease of use, “Linea Weatherboard was quick and easy to install for our builder, which helped with our very tight deadline. The weatherboard came up looking smooth and absolutely beautiful when painted and creates that traditional and timeless coastal feel, which is exactly what Hamptons style is”, says Trailea.

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The Stewarts opted for Linea Weatherboard to provide not only a coastal touch to a beautiful Hamptons home, but also a durable finish that is protected from moisture.

The elegance of the grey weatherboard is matched with white trim on all exterior doors and windows using Axent™ Trim. This highly durable timber look product accentuates the weatherboard while adding definition to the windows and doors in true Hamptons style.

The intricate and luxurious detailing that’s so intrinsically Hamptons style is continued indoors with muted blues and whites, detailed cabinetry, wainscot panelling, chandeliers, French doors, plush fabrics and plantation shutters. Axon™ Cladding was installed in the porch and foyer ceiling to add to the coastal ambience and elegance of the home.

Entertainer’s dream

For Trailea, “Hamptons style creates a homely feeling – whether you’re on the outside looking in or on the inside looking out.” From its waterfront location to the covered alfresco eating area, saltwater pool, open-planned kitchen/living area, and upstairs family room, it’s clear that this home is an entertainer’s dream, and this was always Trailea’s vision. Aside from having four kids living under one roof, Trailea’s love of cooking and providing a space for loved ones to gather gave the Stewart’s the perfect excuse to create a homely haven for them and their friends.

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This large open outdoor area is perfect for alfresco dinner parties and entertainment of all kinds, one of the fundamental aspects of a Hamptons home.

And the award goes to

If you’d asked Trailea what her goal for creating her dream home was, she certainly wouldn’t have said to become an award-winner at the Building Designers Association of Australia (BDAA). Winning three awards at the 2018 National Awards, including ‘Home with the Best Use of James Hardie Products’ and ‘Winner for New Residential Buildings’, was a very pleasant bonus for Trailea and her family. “I cannot describe how grateful I am knowing that other people appreciate and acknowledge the effort and attention to detail that has gone into our home”, says Trailea.

Fact File:

Linea Weatherboard 180mm

Exterior Linea Weatherboard and trims: Dulux Guild Grey

Window trims: Pearl White

Internal walls, details: Dulux Antique White quarter strength

Shingles: Boral Vogue roof tile in charcoal grey

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