A light blue front door offers just a hint of what lies beyond the modern facade of a Port Elliot home, but you’ll never actually guess what’s inside.
From the front, the two-storey home at 2 The Strand, which sits opposite a large reserve, offers a crisp, contemporary design with clean lines, a light render and timber-framed windows.
Step inside, however, and enjoy an immediate burst of colour, which pays homage to vendors Dr Cathie Harvey and her husband David’s travels around the world.
Think bright blues, oranges, intricate tiles and decorative light fixtures.
“I love colour,” Dr Harvey says.
“I’ve done a lot of travel. To Mexico, India, Morocco, and they are not afraid of colour, it’s everywhere.”
A decorative staircase greets you on entry with different tiles catching your eye with every step.
“I saw a picture of tiles on the stairs and I loved that,” Dr Harvey says.
“I got them online from Mexico.”
Many of the light fixtures were brought back from overseas travels.
“When we went to Morocco I loved the pottery and lights,” Dr Harvey says.
The large kitchen is bright blue, with an eye-catching tiled splashback, modern stainless steel appliances and a mix of timber and granite benchtops. It overlooks an open-plan living and dining space with orange walls and terracotta-coloured floor tiles.
“I love colour, and the paint we’ve chosen (throughout the house) has beautiful pigments,” Dr Harvey says.
“I find colour therapeutic, I find it lifts you.
“But if it’s not to someone’s liking, they can easily paint over it.”
Built in 1996, and sitting on a 330sqm block, the Harveys, who have three daughters, bought the property in 2008 as a holiday home.
In 2012, they engaged architects to redesign the home, which took a few years, and made it look like the new-build seen today.
“We had an architect draw up plans, which included going up and over the garage to give it an outdoor living area, a balcony at the front, a new kitchen and bathroom, and we gained an extra two bedrooms – it was previously three bedrooms and now it’s five,” Dr Harvey says.
The couple wanted to make the most of the views and the location.
“We have an area where we can look out at the sea and the hills, which are beautiful too,” Dr Harvey says.
“We’ve had a painting weekend where we just sat out on the balcony doing painting.
“I love sitting out the front looking at the views, and I love being able to walk everywhere, the beach, shops. The location is really the most special part about it.”
Originally hoping to hold on to the home long-term, Dr Harvey says they are selling as her husband is keen on a property with more land.
“I’m very sad to sell, I put my heart and soul into it,” she says.
Offering 346sqm of living space, the home also has a double garage with built-in shelves, a custom fireplace heating both levels, an outdoor shower and a split-system airconditioner.