Our sta­ble con­ver­sion:

how run­down farm build­ings be­came a gor­geous re­treat


For Amanda Coutts, it was merely a mat­ter of time be­fore she would re­lo­cate back to her roots and set­tle in the coun­try. Grow­ing up in ru­ral Vic­to­ria, coun­try life was al­ways some­thing she craved to re­turn to. “After liv­ing in Bris­bane as a teenager through to my adult years, I knew the coun­try lifestyle was where I wanted to go back to; I threw my­self in the deep end when I moved into this prop­erty, but I knew what to ex­pect as a coun­try girl,” says Amanda.

Amanda, who owns a busi­ness that spe­cialises in hand­made leather goods, shares her hin­ter­land home with her two sons Char­lie, 12, and Pe­dro, nine, and their two beloved kelpies, Janey and Black Jack.

She stum­bled on the charm­ing prop­erty with her then hus­band, mu­si­cian Pete Mur­ray, via a cut­ting from a real es­tate magazine. “We were sold be­fore we even ar­rived to view the house – driv­ing down the tree-lined wind­ing roads, dap­pled sun­light and the green rolling hills open­ing to vast moun­tain views… all down a dirt road and into a Nat­u­ral fi­bres and ma­te­ri­als fea­ture in ev­ery room, in­clud­ing the kitchen (above). Left: Re­cy­cled pressed metal panels are used for the bath­room walls. gar­den full of 100-year-old trees; I was an ab­so­lute goner!” says Amanda. “We re­ally wanted to play hard with the agent, but there was no hid­ing it – I was home.”

These days, Amanda lives in what were the orig­i­nal sta­bles, once home to horse­men and their horses when the prop­erty ran as a dairy farm. The sta­bles were lit­er­ally one tin shed when Amanda first moved in eight years ago, with power, run­ning wa­ter and tin-cov­ered walls, but without a sin­gle win­dow.

“I quickly set about cre­at­ing a cosy home over­look­ing the val­ley down the back­yard,” she ex­plains.

The ren­o­va­tions have in­cluded pulling off the tin and putting in re­cy­cled tim­ber floor­ing and cre­at­ing in­di­vid­ual spa­ces. “For the win­dows, I hunted high and low – I wanted to cre­ate lit­tle frames for the view out­side, so it was like look­ing at a paint­ing,” says Amanda.

I quickly set about cre­at­ing a cosy home over­look­ing the val­ley.

From vin­tage sal­vaged win­dows to her grand­mother’s re­uphol­stered sofa, ev­ery ob­ject in Amanda Coutts’ home has a story.

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