Alex Walls from The Block NZ puts an earthy twist on a bach bedroom

Olive linen, hints of pink and richly patterned ply create a relaxing sanctuary at this much-loved family beach house in Northland


Alex Walls from The Block NZ puts an earthy twist on a bach bedroom

This month we are sharing a sneaky peek of our family beach house, which was built a few years ago on our own little piece of paradise in Whananaki, Northland.

We used hardwood plywood panels for the interior of the house, fixed horizontally and at random across the width of the walls. Due to the natural grain of the ply, each panel has a beautiful and unique pattern, and the wood’s slightly pinkish tone lends a wonderfully warm light to the rooms.


I’ve had fun restyling the master bedroom for this room reveal. I wanted to create a light and relaxing space, drawing colours from the plywood and from the natural environment the house is set in, close to a beautiful east coast beach. The framed print by Georgina Skinner is a perfect fit – the bright scene shows a family day out at the beach, in tones of pink, green and blue.


We chose an olive green linen duvet set for the bed, complemented by some softly coloured textured cushions and a delicate pink throw, which matches the colouring of the walls and resonates with the pink in the print.

Styling by: Alex Walls.  Photography by: Helen Bankers.

Home experts are just a click away