A rags to riches home renovation

Women in white dress standing in front of large rustic console table with round mirror on wall

If you lust after the classic American colonial style you are going to fall head over heels for this light-filled and gorgeous home.

Exterior of white colonial style home with separate garage and large tree in front garden

When Sarah saw the outside of her home, she instantly fell in love with its colonial style and proportions, but it was in need of some serious modernisation. What followed was a major home renovation project that turned the outdated interior and exterior into an exquisite home that looks straight out of the Hamptons. We were lucky enough to catch-up with Sarah to speak to her about renovations, colonial style and reclaimed wood.


Who lives here: Sarah and Tobin along with their daughter aged 5 and Tobin’s children aged 15 and 13.

Type of property: Detached colonial style home

Size: 5 bedrooms and 4 bathroom

Modern country style grey kitchen with island and glass hanging pendant lights


Where did you start?

The first thing we decided to do was open up the kitchen/dining space to create an open plan living, which works for our family. We lived with my parents during this part of the renovation as everything was being ripped out, the walls were being knocked down and it was not the place for a toddler! Once the kitchen was liveable we moved in and started on all the other rooms, the main bathroom being our next biggy! It was again a complete refurb and everything but the beautiful colonial style arches (a favourite feature of mine) were replaced!

View of grey wooden kitchen with white french doors open to garden

Living room with dark grey feature wall and fireplace and white carpet and sofas

What took the most time?

A major part of our renovation was waiting on planning permission for a separate garage with above living space and taking on this new build. I did lots of research on colonial homes and pinned lots on Pinterest, we really wanted to keep the colonial style of the house and had to make sure the garage was going to complement our existing property. A fun part of the process for me!

Boot room with white bench and logs underneath and large stone pot with plant

Brown leather sofa with large basket side table and small blue kitchen in background

What’s your favourite room in the house?

My favourite room is our kitchen/dining space. It’s where we spend lots of family time and entertain with friends as it has plenty of space and beautiful views out of the back of the house – it’s also where I like to sit and enjoy my morning coffee before the chaos of the day starts!

What advice would you give to someone thinking about a home renovation?

My advice to anyone starting a renovation would be to live in the house for a few months before ripping things out, you might come to love them. Also, be true to your own style and not get caught up with the latest trends. I feel like I’ve found my style now, but it’s taken a few years to really get it right!

View of a bedroom with wooden bed frame and dark wood dressing table

Would you do anything differently?

I wouldn’t be so hasty with trying to get rooms finished, and buying pieces that I later realised weren’t working well.

We love your rustic dining table! What other reclaimed wood pieces do you have?

Over the years I have collected a few pieces of reclaimed wood furniture, from a large wine rack, butcher block table and various chopping boards. I love pairing rustic furniture with more modern pieces; it brings warmth to a space. I chose upholstered dining chairs and a solid wooden bench to go with our refectory style rustic dining table as I liked the contrast of elegance and simplicity. To add cosiness to the dining bench, I bring in soft textures, such as throws or a sheepskin rug.

For a similar style wood dining table our Serenity Reclaimed Wood Dining Table both feature decorative pillar style table legs in a classic design. Check out all of our reclaimed wood dining tables and rustic dining tables here.

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All images Sarah Jane Rogers @inside_number_5_