Mix of old and new sets a stylish tone

A MIX OF OLD AND NEW CRE­ATED A CHAR­AC­TER-FILLED HOME

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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.

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