Coastal Cool at Rivershack

Image source: Photographer Ian Waldie

Bekki Woodcock has created an oasis in the heart of Tewantin that fills our cup (and homes) with beautiful things that make the heart sing. 

Name: Bekki Woodcock

Business: RiverShack

How would you describe RiverShack?

RiverShack is a serene and embracing environment – a coastal sanctuary where everyone is welcome. Our store offers a curated shopping experience filled with beautiful pieces that you will love for your own home or to share with loved ones and friends. 

Tewantin is a vibrant place, close to all amenities and perfect for everyday living. 

Our mission when we opened was to enhance the convenience of Tewantin and give customers access to beautiful homewares, gifts, fashion and accessories. 

People describe RiverShack to us as a destination – somewhere calm to have a break and browse for five minutes, to collect a gift or grab a little treat for themselves. Our lives are so busy these days, convenience is key.

With so many new people moving to the Noosa, or investing in holiday homes, we are delighted to offer customers something unique, right on their doorstep. With so much on offer at RiverShack, it’s like a new adventure each time they visit the store.

What do you love most about this region?

Nothing’s far from anywhere, from the beach to the hinterland, there are lots of little destinations to explore. Nature gives us the perfect opportunity to connect with what’s important and fill our cups so we can return to our busy lives feeling re-energised. 

We won’t lie, the year-round sunshine is also tantamount to the feeling of being on holiday most of the time! We love meeting interesting people who have landed in Noosa from near and far. 

What is trending in interior style? 

Rounded curves and soft feminine shapes on everything from lamps to sofas, occasional tables and homewares. Conceptual styled sculptures and free flowing art can really ‘make’ a home.

Stone and Marble accessories feature prominently this season, as do vessels and vases in semi-matt glazes and smokey glassware.

Timber tones and woven textures are not going anywhere soon. In fact, given their connection to nature, I suspect we’ll see them stay firm favourites for many years to come.

In terms of colours, we are seeing pecan, eucalypt, soft whites, tan and pistachio. Sea foam blues will always be a winner in our eyes.

With a shift towards working from home, we are welcoming natural elements and colours at their very best by incorporating nature-inspired surfaces and objects. Our homes are our sanctuaries, a place to escape from the chaos of the outside world, which reflects who we are and what we love. 

What are your top tips when it comes to finding the perfect style for your home?

Adopt a personal approach by letting your natural feel for colours and textures guide you.  

Add treasured and gathered pieces. Find what is comfortable for you and what works well in your space in terms of practicality and function. 

Always start with a plan! Start and finish one room, before moving onto another. Begin with larger pieces and work from there. Decide what to splurge on and where you can save. 

Go neutral with larger items like sofas as you can always add personality with artwork and cushions. These items are less costly to change if you feel like a refresh.

Buy fewer pieces; focus on ones that bring you joy and make you happy, rather than just because they are on sale, or at a lower cost.

Don’t be afraid to try different things.

What is your go-to item?

Definitely artwork – it sets the tone and helps create personality in a room.

A close second is nature. Nothing makes a space come alive more than botanical greenery. Plants in all shapes and forms whether trailing, climbing or a feature tree will always make a home sing. Creating a focal point arrangement of fresh flowers will fill your home aromatically and is the perfect medicine for your soul.


Fave Hobby:  Watching any good or trashy design and reno shows.

Fave Colour: Seafoam blues and gorgeous soft greens

Fave Saying: Be the reason someone smiles today.

Fave room in the house: Lounge room, nothing beats curling up on your own comfy sofa with a book, remote control, a cup of tea or a glass of wine and some plump cushions and a candle. I love a mix of soft timbers and upholstery, complemented by the balance of masculine and feminine energy.

About the Author /

Carlie Wacker has worked in the media entertainment industry for over 20 years. From television to stage and radio she has been lucky enough to work her way around the whole country. Over the last 10 years she has styled and choreographed innovative fashion parades and talent shows and brings her love for fashion and entertainment as our Fashion Editor and Editor for Hello Sunshine Magazine. She is also an MC, voice-over artist and radio announcer.

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