Mix of old and new sets a stylish tone
A MIX OF OLD AND NEW CREATED A CHARACTER-FILLED HOME
WORDS: Roseanne Peach PHOTOGRAPHY: Anastasia Kariofyllidis A MIX OF OLD AND NEW CREATED A STYLING: Simone Baxter CHARACTER-FILLED FAMILY HOME
WHO Stylist Simone Barter, her husband Shannon, their twin girls, Indigo and Lakota, 11, and their miniature schnauzer, Leo WHERE Sunshine Coast, Qld WHAT A 1920s bungalow
Simone 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.