With its whitewashed facade, icy pink front gate and collection of cacti greeting guests on arrival, this holiday home wouldn’t be out of place in a sun-soaked village of Mexico or the Mediterranean. Indeed its name, Stay Casita, nods to breezy Spanish guest houses and the crumbly, colourful cottages of South America, but its locale is much closer to home: in the seaside town of Vincentia, less than three hours from Sydney.
The abode is the brainchild of Heidi Albertiri, former magazine style director and founder of The Life Style Edit. Together with her husband, Douk Konstantaras, she transformed the once-humble 1990s brick abode into a luxurious retreat made for sleepovers, short stays and photo shoots.
Albertiri’s creative nous touches every corner of the home: the linen is light and luxurious, the timbers and tiles are textural, and the palette is soft and blush-toned. Each space is exquisitely curated, kitted out with finds from the stylist’s favourite brands including Haymes Paints, Lounge Lovers, Earp Bros and Dyson.
“Casita’s look and feel came from the house really dictating what it needed,” explains Albertiri. “I wanted it to be aesthetically calm with simple but thoughtful styling – not too overcrowded, over-designed or trying too hard. Plus it needed to be practical and have everything you need for the perfect stay.”
While inspiration for the castita might have been gleaned far and wide, this is a quintessentially Australian holiday home. There are three bedrooms and two lush living spaces, plus a green backyard boasting a fire pit and outdoor shower – for rinsing off sandy, salty feet after a day at the beach. It’s high design that’s relaxed around the edges; a place to slow down, reset and reconnect in style.