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"We all love how open the house is – I can be busy cooking in the kitchen but talking to someone in the living room," says Anna.

"A grey sofa works so well with bold colours and is a practical colour when you have young kids,” says Kylie, who has brightened up the neutral living area with bold cushions from [Pillow Talk](|target="_blank"|rel="nofollow").

**9. Laid-back living.** Wicker has become synonymous with Hamptons style. It is, more often than not, painted white to reflect light and keep the homes looking more beachy than country. This space, sheltered from the elements, is one of the homeowner’s favourite spaces. “We love the tiered deck area, which was our only structural addition, and how much of the house opens seamlessly onto it,” Jane says.

A [Harvey Norman](|target="_blank"|rel="nofollow") sofa is the hero piece of the second living room, styled up with playful pastel cushions.

The house in Sydney’s Manly has a distinct holiday feel with an emphasis on outdoor living. **Sofa**, **armchair** and **day bed** from [Tribu](|target="_blank"), **timber bench** from [Ironwood](|target="_blank"), Knotte **pendant light** from [Design by Hive]