Imagine a Scandinavian seaside fishing village in cool and casual Byron Bay, the historical and spiritual home of surfing in Australia. You’d want to linger in a place like that. And if you did, youâ€™d be following in the footsteps of Kimberly Amos and Stephen Eakin, ex-Sydneysiders who decided after a yearâ€™s sabbatical in Byron Bay that they’d settle permanently. She’s an artist, he’s an ex-banker, and together they founded Atlantic Byron Bay, a boutique hotel with several types of beach cottage accommodations that the pair renovated themselves. Our favorite is an enclave called Driftwood. Weâ€™re not sure whether itâ€™s the charcoal gray cottages with their white trim and striped awnings that we’re most drawn to or the Airstream trailer set against a backdrop of palms. We propose spending a night in each to find out.
Photographs via Atlantic Byron Bay.
Above: Each room at Driftwood has its own private entry off the deck. A striped awning adds to the crisp aesthetics and keeps the sun at bay. Have you ever considered using awnings on your windows? In 10 Easy Pieces: Window Awnings, we show you some of our favorite examples.
Above: A set of hooks in an entry hall provides convenient organization. (See 7 Space-Saving Hallway Solutions for more ideas.)
Above: An all-white studio with its own kitchen is light-filled and airy.
Above: Food and surf are the primary concerns at Atlantic Byron Bay.
Above: A white bench with black-and-white cushions works well against the charcoal gray cottage and white window trim. Shaker pegs stand ready for wet bathing suits and towels. (See more in Remodeling 101: How Shaker Pegs Saved My Summer Sanity.)
Above: The cottages on the grounds are connected by a series of bleached wood decks and boardwalks. (If you’re looking for the perfect shade of gray for your house, see Expert Advice: Architects’ Top 10 Gray Paint Picks.)
Above L: A surfboard matches the Driftwood black-and-white palette. Above R: Painted bowling pins add colorful beach decor.
Above: Large potted plants on the deck tie into the native tropical floral and fauna.
Above: A perfect outdoor shower comes with the territory.
Above: The glint of the Airstream trailer can be spotted just beyond the Driftwood deck.
Above: The Airstream comes with its own private deck area, striped awning, and surfboard. For more stripes, see Object Lessons: Classic Summer Stripes.
Above: Compact and efficient, the refurbished interior is kitted out for sleeping, lounging, cooking, and bathingâ€”and is air-conditioned.
Above: A view of the adjoining rain-forest reserve.
Above: Some beachside accoutrements.
Got the Airstream bug? See Wanderlust: 10 Airstream Trailers for Living Small and Luxe Urban Camping: The Hotel Daniel Airstream in Vienna. On Gardenista, visit A Modern Farmer and Her 10 Acres in Australia.
Atlantic Byron Bay is located in the surfing community of Byron Bay, just south of the Gold Coast of Australia.