Amelia Fullarton is a photographer and mother living with her 4 daughters and partner in Byron Bay, Australia. We stepped inside her home and were greeted with a space full of thoughtful simplicity featuring clean lines and soft, beautiful light. We spoke to Amelia about what inspired the design and build of her home, what she loves most about it and her life living in Byron Bay.
SHOP THE LOOK
Shearling lounge chair | Round linen rattan pendant large | Timber chopping board | Cotton hand-loomed throw in clay + natural | Glass amber mug 270ml | Natural urn basket #1 | Cotton hand-loomed cushion in natural + clay | Oak candle stick holder
Can you share a little about your home, and the story behind it?
We purchased the land about 7 years ago, it’s a little under 1.5 acres and built our house about 4 years ago. We had great local builder, Belcon Constructions help us with it all and they made it such a great experience for us! It’s a very simple design, basically two rectangle boxes joined together.
What inspired the design of your home?
Our architect Davor Popadich had built a clever, affordable and comfortable home for hiss own family in New Zealand so l knew l wanted to work with him and the way he had built this was a bit of inspiration for us. We had a very limited budget for the build so a lot of the design went off that firstly. The finishes, size of the home and simple layout allowed for the costs to stay minimal.
What are some of the biggest lessons you've learnt while creating your home?
If you are building a home and managing the project yourself like we did, l think it’s important to work with people who get your ideas, who you can communicate well with and have a good working relationship with. The builder, architect, even the electrician’s will all be a part of putting the house together, you have to have a certain amount of trust and respect for each other for it to work and go smoothly!
What do you love about your home?
I love the amount of outside space we have here, yet we are still only 5 minutes from the beach. I love that we built something together, when our kids were still so little. Now I’m watching them grow up here and it feels really special. Like everything we have worked so hard for is being enjoyed. We didn’t really move in to an entirely finished home so we are always tinkering away at something, always working on another part of the house. I often feel like a Mumma bird, constantly gathering to make the most comfortable nest for her baby birds.
What do you enjoy about living in Byron Bay?
I moved here when I was 19 with my best friend, we lived in the camping ground in a tent for a month until we got jobs. We stayed because it was fun, we met so many like minded people, who loved life, were kind to us and appreciated nature. Who didn’t care much for money or status, really down to earth humans. That was 14 years ago now and Byron felt so different to what it does now. But, these are still the things l enjoy most about living in Byron, a sense of community.
What does simple living mean to you?
Not too much stuff, a clear mind, a happy heart, the simple pleasures.
If you were to have a spare free morning, how would you spend it?
Surfing with my friends, a breakfast out.
What book can you recommend?
I just finished Sunset and really enjoyed it!
Can you share three of your favourite items from Imprint House?