House Tour: Helen & Frazer's Solar Powered Beach Shack

House Tour: Helen & Frazer's Solar Powered Beach Shack

Liezel Strauss
Jul 13, 2009


Name: Helen & Frazer Cunningham
Location: Cowes, Isle of Wight, UK
Type: Beach Shack
Size: Dolls House!
Years lived in: Owned for 4 years

Visiting the shack is not just like visiting a different place, its visiting a different time. The shack is an English holiday cottage from yesteryear, with cleverly chosen decor, furniture and appliances that take you back but also seem totally genuine and appropriate. Few homes could evoke such strong emotions and feelings as this one, even in those too young to have witnessed this style. A great example of the power of design...



Helen and Frazer have carefully created a fabulous escape in a great spot, footsteps from the beach near Cowes on the Isle of Wight. They have taken care of every bit of detail from the beautifully sourced furniture and crocheted blankets to the retro board games. The shack has no electricity, other than solar power providing a few hours of lighting per day and a chemical toilet, the perfect eco-friendly retreat with style! For more of Helen and Frazer's creations see : Vintage Vacations.

Apartment Therapy Survey:

My/Our Style: Eclectic, vintage, nostalgic KITSCH, humorous

Inspiration: Enid Blyton meets Martin Parr

Favorite Element: Wood

Biggest Challenge: Winter months …. It gets wet by the sea!

What Friends Say: 'Can we come and stay?'

Proudest DIY: The shingling to the side of the shack (Frazers credit)

Biggest Indulgence: Hmmmmm …. Ourselves probably!

Best advice: Don't think about it – just do it.



Kitchen Hardware: : Cheap and cheerful, Basic ranges from the DIY store

Accessories: : Decorative ones are vintage – workaday from IKEA

Lighting: : All solar …. Or candles.

Painting jobs: : Dulux weathershield – Dulux water based inside

Art: : All boot sales

Carpets: : A mix of vintage and IKEA

Tiles and Stone: : A piece of slate by the wood burner and DIY basic white in the kitchen and bathroom

Window Treatments: : Vintage 'Union Jack' flags, vintage curtains and tablecloths

Beds: : Designers Guild and junk shops

Dining Room Furniture: : Old Formica table and some sweet steel and hardwood chairs

Beds: : The usual mix of salvaged and new.

Other: : No more rooms unless you include the beach


Thanks Helen & Frazer!

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