Penny’s se­cret to cre­at­ing her warm and invit­ing home is a neu­tral pal­ette, nat­u­ral tex­tures and clever use of space.

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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.

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