Trea­sure trove


Sunday Herald Sun - Stellar - - Home - Stylist Si­mone Barter, her hus­band Shan­non, their twin girls, Indigo and Lakota, 11, and their minia­ture schnau­zer, Leo Coast, Qld Sun­shine A 1920s bun­ga­low


imone Barter pauses be­tween sto­ries – how she dis­cov­ered her side­board in a vin­tage store next to a fish ’n’ chip shop; how a wire trel­lis from the gar­den made a quirky lamp – as she works up to her con­fes­sion: “I’m a hunter-gath­erer. I can’t help it. If I’m driv­ing and I see a beau­ti­ful stick on the side of the road, I’ll pull over and grab it.”

Like the story-stamped trea­sures she col­lects, Si­mone and Shan­non’s home in the Noosa Hin­ter­land holds heart and his­tory. “The lady we bought it from had been here for 65 years. She grew up, mar­ried, and brought her chil­dren up here,” says Si­mone. “When I first walked in, it in­stantly felt like home.”

To pre­serve this vibe dur­ing their seven-week ren­o­va­tion, Si­mone reused ev­ery­thing she could, from Vj-jointed tim­ber pan­elling to pic­ture rails, as she reshuf­fled the lay­out to suit her fam­ily. A north-fac­ing pool was a must, and an “in­ter­nal flip” al­lowed for the liv­ing ar­eas to flow off the pool at the front, with the bed­rooms at the back. “When you walk into the home, you walk straight into the kitchen,” says Si­mone. “I love that, be­cause the kitchen is al­ways the heart of the home.”

Keep­ing light-filled spa­ces clut­ter-free is a les­son the stylist is keen to im­part to her girls. “We don’t clean our rooms, we ‘style’ them,” she laughs. “It’s a great way to avoid any fight­ing over the clean-up. I just say, ‘Let’s go style your rooms.’’’

OUT­DOORS (above left) The tim­ber deck­ing and screen around the pool were Shan­non’s project. KITCHEN “The bud­get [the reno came in un­der $100,000] was worked around the Smeg fridge and cook­top. They’ve al­ways been a dream,” says Si­mone.

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