Home Renovation Blog
Expert renovation tips and information about Home Additions and quality Renovations
The Hamptons style is derived from the beautiful beachside homes near New York which are famous as being the playground for the rich and famous.
These are a far cry from the basic Wedge Island shacks or sparsely furnished Rotto villas that many Western Australians flock to in summer!
The New York Hamptons oozes with money, style and effortless coastal chic.
So why does the Hamptons style translate so well in Perth when we are on the side of the world? Well, despite the distance, Perth has a lot in common with the Hamptons. We have sunny weather, blue skies and proximity to beautiful sandy beaches. However, unlike New Yorkers who live in a busy metropolis and escape to the Hamptons for holidays, we are spoilt here in Perth, as we can enjoy a fantastic and relaxed lifestyle without having to escape.
This is where the Hamptons style has so much relevance here. Australians are adopting the Hamptons style into their homes, and creating an atmosphere of beautiful and relaxed coastal chic that they can enjoy every single day. In Australia, the Hamptons are not about taking holidays, the Hamptons look is about everyday living and living in comfort and style.
Henry and Oliver are one Perth store that knows and understands the Hamptons style inside and out. Their store in Osborne Park is packed from end to end with beautiful and timeless furniture and homewares inspired by the coastal Hamptons lifestyle.
We chatted with Elaine Ellis from Henry and Oliver who says ‘We love the relaxed coastal yet homely feel of the Hamptons look. It’s packed with beautiful layers of detailing such as cabinetry, plush upholstered sofas and timeless furniture pieces such as pedestal legs tables which make the Hamptons look so inviting.’ We asked Elaine for her top tips on how to style a Perth home using Hamptons Style Interiors as inspiration.
We were surprised to learn that mirrors and artwork can make a difference! Read on and learn…
Elaine advises: ‘Start with a neutral colour base. Painting your walls in soft greys and whites is the perfect place to start.
Suzanne Burke, the General Manager at Amerex agrees and adds ‘we are seeing a huge trend with the grey palette in interiors and exterior of homes that we are renovating. Once upon a time grey was considered a taboo colour as many thought it was gloomy or depressing. However when used with white accents such as crisp white window frames and white timber doors it can look fantastic. Modern design has also helped here. With solar passive design utilising natural light where possible, dark gloomy corners of the home are avoided, so the freedom to incorporate darker colours comes into play.
Choose timeless furniture pieces that you love using a mixture of painted and natural wood pieces which will add some warmth and character.
Suzanne added ‘white painted furniture looks great and stealing pieces from other decor styles such as Art Deco, French Provincial and even Scandi decor can also work when mixed and matched with the Hamptons style.’
Choose soft linens and cotton rich fabrics for your upholstered furniture and layer them with textured and soft coloured cushions or throws.
Always use mirrors to increase the natural light and give a feeling of space to any room. This is perfect for homes that are space challenged as it can make a room feel bigger.
Take a look at the side table alongside this beautiful sofa chair. The ‘window’ above it is actually a window-look mirror. A perfect choice for making the room feel bigger and even better if you pick up reflections of the outside garden from a different angle!
So what artwork works with Hamptons styling? Artwork is a personal choice and often a difficult one with others.
Elaine emphasizes that choosing the right artwork is vital and that using pieces that mimic the colour palette used throughout your décor is the key to pulling your overall Hamptons look together.
One thing we have learnt about Hamptons decor is that it can take on many personalities. There is no one size fits all, and it is easy to personalise to any home.
Whether you are a retired couple looking for luxurious and classic styling, or whether you have a young and boisterous family, the style can be adapted to suit your lifestyle. You can choose a more formal take, or you can opt for a more casual style.
“ We completed our first home renovation in North Perth with Amerex last year. We were undertaking a large two storey renovation of our dream home and the decision to choose Amerex came down to the high level of professionalism, expertise, excellent customer service and vast knowledge that Steve and the team displayed in character home renovations.Laila, North Perth 'We thoroughly enjoyed the building process'
We had not renovated in the past and we were very unsure of the process however Amerex staff spent a lot of time assisting us with the design process, they were always available to answer our enquires, provided valuable suggestions, were extremely patient and completed our project ahead of schedule.
We would highly recommend Amerex as we have ended up with a beautiful home that displays excellent workmanship and a highly functional design. The home is exactly as we imagined it to be and our family and friends have all complimented on the amazing final result.
We thoroughly enjoyed the building process with Steve and the highly skilled Amerex team and extend a big thankyou to all the staff who helped us along the way!! ”
“ I was fortunate to have Steve, Kelly and the team at Amerex build my extension.Cymbie, Mt Lawley 'Professional, highly skilled, approachable with exacting standards'
They are a professional, highly skilled, approachable business with exacting standards and the ability to work with you from the planning stage to completion.
This professionalism extends to all who come on site. Kelly's capable and warm project coordination ensures that everything runs like clockwork and all your queries are dealt with extreme efficiency.
Very Happy! ”
“ We signed up with Amerex for a very big renovation, bedrooms, kitchen, bathroom - the lot. We wanted to keep the look and feel of our character home in the extensions. Amerex were the right choice for that. They have an eye for detail and took the time to make sure things were done right. We've been very happy with the quality of their work.Ben, Inglewood 'They have an eye for detail and took the time to make sure things were done right'
We found Steve to be very responsive and professional. He kept the whole project moving along. We were complete novices going into the whole process and he took the time to go through the details so we could make more informed choices.
Would definitely recommend Amerex to anyone wanting to renovate. ”
“ From the first meeting with Amerex until the final check we have enjoyed the experience. Amerex have taken our words and ideas and built them into a quality finished home extension that is functional and everything that we had hoped for.Phil, North Perth 'Our extension has the "wow" factor'
The entire team at Amerex lead by Steve are friendly, reliable, use quality materials and produce a quality outcomes.
Our extension has the “wow” factor and guests comment on the exceptional open plan design that is built to entertain.
We are very happy with the final finish and would highly recommend them to anyone. ”
“ Steve and his team took our conceptual design and made our vision a reality in very quick time with practical completion of this major renovation within 7 months of the start date. The site supervision was tight which meant that the work progressed easily between the various trades.Christine, Wembley 'It was a real pleasure to deal with Steve and his team'
What is more, the estimated cost of the job was accurate with variations only to suit changes that we required. The outcome was a home that delivers so much more than we expected in terms of comfort, quality and our initial objectives.
It was a real pleasure to deal with Steve and his team. I would not hesitate to recommend Amerex to anyone who needs the services of a truly professional builder/renovator. ”
“ Amerex, lead by Steve, have clearly been in the building industry a long time and offered valuable input and guidance prior to, and during the build. They used skilled tradespeople and quality materials; no corners were cut and I felt confident that the build was of the highest quality.Rachel, Woodlands 'Steve has clearly been in the building industry a long time and offered valuable input and guidance'
Steve and his team communicated frequently with me along the way and I was involved at every step. I felt comfortable approaching him if I had any questions or concerns, he was always available and acted quickly to resolve any issues.
The team at Amerex were reliable, professional and a pleasure to deal with. In particular Kelly, who would often go ‘above and beyond’, was always positive, and nothing was ever too much trouble. ”
“ It was an absolute pleasure to deal with the Amerex team for our home renovation.Eric and Kris, Mt Lawley 'We received exceptional customer service'
From Steve Burke, to the office staff and all of the various tradespeople, we received exceptional customer service.
The skilled tradespeople were reliable, obliging & committed to the highest level of quality on our home.
Amerex came in on budget, they completed the work earlier than scheduled & they ensured our renovation ran smoothly throughout. ”
A member of the Amerex team will arrange a time to discuss your
renovation and additions project and assess what stage you are at in the building process.
PO Box 328, North Perth WA 6906
ABN: 67 009 252 680 Builders Registration: 10250