After several sunny years downunder Jenna and Andrew didn’t want to leave the light and airy mood they loved in Australian houses behind when they moved back to the UK – so they re-created it in Hersham.

Bi-fold doors open the entire back of the house onto the garden

Bi-fold doors open the entire back of the house onto the garden

The garden becomes an extension of the living area, with a second dining table for al fresco meals. The sofas are from Darlings of Chelsea

The garden becomes an extension of the living area, with a second dining table for al fresco meals. The sofas are from Darlings of Chelsea

The fire truck was Charlie’s first birthday present and the family brought it back from Australia, along with his cowboy print tipi by Mocka

The fire truck was Charlie’s first birthday present and the family brought it back from Australia, along with his cowboy print tipi by Mocka

Rather than hit the shops with a toddler, Jenna sourced practically everything for the house online. The cushions were found on the H&M homewares site

Rather than hit the shops with a toddler, Jenna sourced practically everything for the house online. The cushions were found on the H&M homewares site

Wood is a recurring theme in the house, softening the all-white kitchen with the wide oak trim around the central island. The copper kettle is from John Lewis and the brass wall lights are from Cox & Cox. The oven is a Neff Slide & Hide, as made famous by Great British Bake Off

Wood is a recurring theme in the house, softening the all-white kitchen with the wide oak trim around the central island. The copper kettle is from John Lewis and the brass wall lights are from Cox & Cox. The oven is a Neff Slide & Hide, as made famous by Great British Bake Off

The same wood is used for the shelves, which were chosen instead of wall units to provide pockets of visual interest and a lived-in family feeling in the very pared-down and serene design.

The same wood is used for the shelves, which were chosen instead of wall units to provide pockets of visual interest and a lived-in family feeling in the very pared-down and serene design

Jenna’s study and ‘boudoir’ typifies her clutter-free style, with her things neatly stored in a ladder shelf from Mocka.

Jenna’s study and ‘boudoir’ typifies her clutter-free style, with her things neatly stored in a ladder shelf from Mocka

The Vogue print is an online find from Desenio. The cushion on the chair is by Jane Constantine from Fenwick, Bond Street

The Vogue print is an online find from Desenio. The cushion on the chair is by Jane Constantine from Fenwick, Bond Street

The rustic shoe cabinet in the hall is from Willow & Stone and the coat rack above from Loaf, which is based in Falmouth

The rustic shoe cabinet in the hall is from Willow & Stone and the coat rack above from Loaf, which is based in Falmouth

The master bedroom - and Charlie’s room across the hall - are on the ground floor, with a semi-soundproof door they can pull across so they can entertain without disturbing his sleep. Their upholstered bed is from Feather & Black, with bedding from one of Jenna’s favourite online companies, The Secret Linen Store. The walls are painted with Soothing White from Homebase

The master bedroom - and Charlie’s room across the hall - are on the ground floor, with a semi-soundproof door they can pull across so they can entertain without disturbing his sleep. Their upholstered bed is from Feather & Black, with bedding from one of Jenna’s favourite online companies, The Secret Linen Store. The walls are painted with Soothing White from Homebase

The brass-framed mirrors are from Cox & Cox. Jenna found the vintage photograph of her home town of Chepstow, South Wales and had it framed to match

The brass-framed mirrors are from Cox & Cox. Jenna found the vintage photograph of her home town of Chepstow, South Wales and had it framed to match

The bath in the ground floor master bathroom is from Patons of Walton and the black and white towels are from House of Fraser. The map of Australia is a piece of wrapping paper from Willow & Stone, which Jenna had framed

The bath in the ground floor master bathroom is from Patons of Walton and the black and white towels are from House of Fraser. The map of Australia is a piece of wrapping paper from Willow & Stone, which Jenna had framed

The bespoke vanity unit was built by Stonewood and is painted in Farrow & Ball Pale Blue

The bespoke vanity unit was built by Stonewood and is painted in Farrow & Ball Pale Blue

There’s a red, white and blue theme in Charlie’s bedroom. Jenna had the blue

There’s a red, white and blue theme in Charlie’s bedroom. Jenna had the blue

The rustic aluminium jug is from Cox & Cox

The rustic aluminium jug is from Cox & Cox

The vanity unit in the guest bathroom upstairs was also built by Stonewood. The floor tiles are from Direct Tile Warehouse in Cardiff

The vanity unit in the guest bathroom upstairs was also built by Stonewood. The floor tiles are from Direct Tile Warehouse in Cardiff

Light floods through the heart of the house from five roof light windows, the effect maximised by the glass bannister panel

Light floods through the heart of the house from five roof light windows, the effect maximised by the glass bannister panel

Homely details from the two upstairs guest rooms include vintage books, a cushion given to Jenna by her mother and a vintage-style radio by Bush. The bedside lamp is another online find from Wayfair and the hamper was from IKEA

Homely details from the two upstairs guest rooms include vintage books, a cushion given to Jenna by her mother and a vintage-style radio by Bush

The bedside lamp is another online find from Wayfair The bedside lamp is another online find from Wayfair

The bedside lamp is another online find from Wayfair

The hamper in the alcove is from Ikea

The hamper in the alcove is from Ikea

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  • pictures: David Merewether
  • styling: Helen Barton

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