At my place: Inside Augustine fashion designer Kelly Coe's home
With a successful Augustine fashion designer Kelly Coe recently moved into her St Heliers home she shares with her husband, Nathan and their three daughters daughters Indiana, Demi and Havana.
Life for the 33-year-old mother of three is busy, so she relishes the time spent in their new home swimming in their pool or chilling out with the girls watching movies on Netflix.
Coe's adventurous style has transferred into her home with her living room ceiling featuring a large black chandelier and her daughter Demi's bedroom decorated in a bright gold foil wallpaper.
"There is literally nothing I don't like about the house, I love the overall look and the layout of it. It's so family friendly," Coe says.
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Where is your home and who lives there with you:
I live in St Heliers with my husband and three daughters, plus Stella the cat.
Describe your style in three words:
Colourful, fun and modern.
First thing you do when you get home each day:
Give my baby Havana a million kisses, as it's probably been a fews hours since I last saw her, then I get changed into comfy clothes and play with the girls.
Best new buy:
A padded circle mat with a giant wolf face on it. It sits on the floor in our lounge and bubba lies on it when she is just hanging out. It is the best buy as it looks cool but is so practical at the same time.
Proudest DIY moment:
I haven't done any DIY in this house, that's my husbands department, and he had it all sorted before we moved in. However, I stuck tiny pineapple decals on the wall and managed to get them to line up so that's a plus. I haven't even decorated the Christmas tree yet, it's just sitting in the corner of the lounge naked, begging to be dressed.
Favourite spot to relax:
We moved in here when I was heavily pregnant, then we had Havana a few weeks later, so I haven't had any time in the house when I can just relax and have time with no kids around. But I do love the outlook from our small lounge, I can watch the kids playing outside from there and be inside with Havana. The room is white walls with a high stud ceiling that we painted black, with a big black chandelier. It is also right next to the kitchen so we tend to spend a lot of time in there.
Best kept secret about the area you live in:
I don't know any secrets yet, but I run a lot and running around the waterfront and the bays is so beautiful.
Best money I ever spent on the house:
Having a swimming pool: it is the best entertainment for the kids. We can just stay home all weekend and the kids are entertained in the pool. They are little fish so its definitely the best thing about the house as its the first time we have had a pool. They don't need any toys this Christmas, just more togs.
Favourite way of entertaining:
BBQ for sure. I am not much of a chef, but I love having friends over. So a BBQ outside, sitting around our big wooden outdoor table with the heater on, lots of yummy food and plenty of wine is just perfect.
Best kitchen tool:
We have a tap next to our main sink that has instant boiling water. It's amazing as it means instant water for a cup of tea or bubba's bottles.
I can't live without:
My awesome family, wine, colourful clothes, running daily and lip gloss.
Favourite piece of furniture:
We have a big tan leather couch that we bought when we moved in. It was so hard to find the perfect tan colour and the perfect size for the lounge. This couch practically swallows you when you sit in it. I have a big fur throw on it and I snuggle in there with the girls and watch Netflix, and never want to get out. It sits next to a wall we painted peacock blue so the tan and the blue look fun together.
Favourite artwork or family treasure and why you love it:
I am not into art. I prefer ornaments, decorations, decals etc: bringing lots of pieces together to create an overall look. I do have a photo of the girls together that Nathan took the night Havana was born. It's the most beautiful photo and I am planning to get it blown up and framed in a big ornate frame for our entrance way. I just need a spare minute to do it, then that would definitely be my favourite piece of art.
Favourite household appliance:
Is my GHD hair straightener considered an appliance? Ha ha. I don't really have an appliance I love, but if the washing machine ever broke down it would be carnage. We go through a serious amount of washing here.
One thing I'd like to change around my house:
There is literally nothing I don't like about the house, I love the overall look and the layout of it. It's so family friendly. I do hate the rug that's currently in the small lounge though. I have been playing around with a few different ones and can't quite get the colour right, so when I nail that, I will be complete.
What's your signature dish:
Oh that's a mean question for someone that isn't a good cook. When I was pregnant I cooked a chicken breast, coleslaw and roast potatoes nearly every night: my poor husband! I can make a great chocolate self-saucing pudding. It's not as good as my mum's but it's up there.
What's your quickest dinner idea:
Takeaways. Ha ha. They know us well at the local Thai restaurant.
How do you feel about unannounced guests:
Totally fine now that Havana is getting older, but never drop in unannounced on a mum of a newborn baby. Sometimes you just want to curl up and sleep, or you've just managed to get the bubba down and next minute the door bell rings. But usually I love guests, I love entertaining and socialising.
Shoes on or off in your house:
One hundred per cent on, unless they are Nathan's Timberlands that leave little marks on the wooden floor. We have wooden floors all through the living area so it's pretty easy to clean. My kids hate wearing shoes though so they always take them off at the door.
Favourite/least favourite household chore:
I love sweeping the wooden floor. It's so satisfying to see all the dust come into my little pile. Least favourite is folding and putting away washing, blah.
What's one domestic/housework/gardening trick you've learnt over the years:
Ask the nanny to please fold and put away the washing.
Peonies. Or sunflowers, giant ones: they are like big smiling faces.
Favourite colour combination:
Rainbow. There are no rules when it comes to colour in our house and life. More is more. However we have a lot of peacock blue and gold in this house which I love together.