On the north-western fringe of Sydney, ‘s Glenorie home sits within a frame of towering gum trees. Her only neighbours are the distant Blue Mountains, and her salvaged collections inhabit the rooms behind those French café doors.
Built from reclaimed materials, the house had sat completely empty and unloved for almost a year, with weeds streaming from the gutters and grass grown knee-high. But the Sydney-based stylist and her husband Jason bought it after just one inspection, knowing that their “ever-growing collection of rustic belongings would work perfectly in a house like this.” As co-owners of a smash repair business, the couple are well-acquainted with restoration.
Under the pitched roofline, most interior alterations were cosmetic. Heidi was hands-on in furnishing the home, brandishing deft hands to crochet string bags or stencil blanket boxes. The master bedroom (above) welcomes in natural light.
The kitchen features a vintage workbench fitted with a sink, resting beside a chalkboard wall. As a restless forager, Heidi populates the home with stray greenery from bushwalks and country drives.
Her handsome cabinetry exhibits finds from flea markets and country swap meets. These collections grow endlessly under Heidi’s thoughtful eye. “No house of mine is ever finished… they just evolve,” she says.
“I never set out to collect urns, but I do have quite a lot,” Heidi admits.
The study room features taxidermy, fur throws and antique furniture. Its French doors open up to the verandah.
From antlers and handpainted sideboards to French portraits and dried fauna, the home’s organic textures are influenced by the surrounding bushland.
Contrasting textures fall layer upon layer in the sitting room. Gold and brass hardware meet fresh blooms and patterned upholstery.
A classical bust sits against a tapestry in the guest bedroom.
The entertaining area is an outdoor room, a more recent design that took almost a year to construct. The fireplace is made from recycled bricks found in a demolition yard.
Verandah chairs face the garden, the couple’s ongoing “labour of love.” While tank water and gritty soil pose their challenges, Heidi and Jason toil on in shaping the land with structured hedges and specimen trees.
“We feel very lucky to live here,” Heidi says. “We love the bush, and the peace and quiet, but we’re only one hour from Sydney — it’s the best of both worlds, really.”