WORDS: Laura Jackel

It will come as no surprise to avid House Perver’s that this light, bright and super-stylish home belongs to interior consultant Alyce Bradstreet of Willow Home Traders and her husband Liam, a greens keeper at Charlestown Golf Club. 

Their striking 1970s Kotara home on a quarter acre block is as sophisticated as it is sexy. The fresh white coastal palette combined with plenty of uncluttered open space allows the beautiful blonde timber furniture and bohemian décor pieces to shine. 

Enjoy the sleek simplicity and cool clean lines of this gorgeous home and soak up some of Alyce’s enthusiasm and passion for all things interiors. 

Happy House Perving!

IMAGES: Atelier Photography

Firstly, can you tell us a little about you and your work projects? 

Willows Home Traders is my baby, literally: I love it to pieces but thinking about it keeps me up at night! I have worked in interior design officially for two years, but I have always had a real passion for it. 

This season I have decided to focus on what Willows is best known for, our art and furniture collections. The new direction fits in well with the other side of my business, Hunter Style Collective, an interior design and styling consultancy that I began with fellow interior-addict Caitlin Hayden of The House on Beach Road. There are exciting things happening for both businesses within the next six months, so watch this space! 

Do you have any renovation stories to tell – wins and fails? 

We had a lot of fun renovating this house over the last 12 months and have only just finished. We lived for two months without a bathroom and we had to use a port-a-loo in the front yard. We showered at the gym every day, which on the positive side, made us go the gym more often! 

We had a photoshoot booked which gave us a deadline to work to, but three days before the shoot there were no doors, a whole interior to paint and no carpet. We had to work as if we were contestants on The Block to get it finished on time, but we got there in the end. 

Who or what are your key style inspirations? 

I follow a fair few Instagram accounts for inspiration and while they are quite different, I love them all for that reason! Some of my favourites include: @kyalandkara ,@nectaar, @thehouseonbeachroad, @cedarandsuede and @hausofcruze.

I don’t necessarily have a preferred style, which is what I love about working in the industry as I can play with different looks and styles every day. I do however enjoy keeping up with what’s trending across the globe. 

Your home looks super fresh and light, how you would describe your style? 

I believe our current home is a mix of styles from ‘modern Hampton chic’ to ‘coastal bohemian’ with some contemporary Australian coastal vibes thrown in for good measure! 

What do you love most about living in your house and do you have a favourite room or piece of furniture? 

My favourite room would have to be the lounge room near the main entry as it gets the most amazing natural light and also because it houses my beautiful entertainment unit from Globe West. We stock them at Willows Home Trader and they have been super popular for a good reason. 

It was a pre-requisite that the block size be big enough to accommodate a ‘man shed’ outside for Liam so that I can do what I like to the inside of the house. This is one of the reasons we love Kotara, as you can still get a decent sized block to keep us both happy! 

What do you love about the location? 

We purchased the house two days before we flew overseas as we wanted to ‘flip it’ and move on. We never really considered Kotara as a suburb, but once we moved in we realised how central it is and that we loved it. It takes me 12 minutes to get to work or to the beach and about the same time for Liam to get to the lake and put his jet ski in the water. 

We have the most amazing little café about 100m away and we can walk to The Rooftop at Westfield, where you’ll find us at least one night a week in summer. 

Are there any jobs you still need to do on the house? 

Yes! In the immediate future we need to finish the landscaping and put the new front fence in. Next year we plan to add an extension to the rear of the home – think vaulted ceilings, a huge kitchen island bench and plenty of white-on-white. I cannot wait to get started!