Penny’s secret to creating her warm and inviting home is a neutral palette, natural textures and clever use of space.
With natural textures and tones, Penny has created a welcoming and warm family home.
“WE HAVE LIVED IN OUR home for two-and-a-half years now and it has become our sanctuary after the long hours we spend at work. Set on an acre of land in Wauchope, NSW, and surrounded by forest, it’s peaceful and private with a great open-plan layout that makes it perfect for family living.
The 10-year-old house was ready to move into straightaway, but needed a little modernising with new pendant lights, and we had very large rooms that needed to be filled with furniture.
The only renovating we did was to take out half a wall to open up the dining and living area. We also decided to put a new pool in, as well as decking and a cabana. Most of our weekends are now spent out there, where we eat on our large, covered verandah. A beautiful breeze blows through in summer as the house is built up high and we have spectacular forest views.
My favourite design styles are a mix of modern, industrial and eclectic – I find that they all work together nicely. When it came to styling, I worked on all the rooms at once, rather than gradually. Often I’ll style a room late at night – that’s when I get creative.
You can’t go past natural textures, such as timber, jute, linen, cotton, concrete and cane as they’re such beautiful materials that can be very pleasing to the eye. And I’m definitely a big believer of natural colour palettes as I get sick of colour too quickly.
I’m a visual person and my fashion and homewares business means I’m constantly inspired. I love Adairs for bedlinen, Kikki.K for stationery and Country Road for homewares and beach towels. I get a lot of inspiration online from Pinterest, Instagram and, of course, homes+ magazine!”
ENTRANCE Open wide Double doors and Freedom basket planters showcase the grand entrance.
LIVING ROOM Earthy delights Raw textures and copper work so well with neutral tones.