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Explore Erin’s “not white and bright” farmhouse by Three Birds Renovations

Is this the end of their all-white era?
Erin's urban farmhouse holding image 2Image: Maree Homer for @threebirdsrenovations via Instagram

As one of the co-founders of Three Birds Renovations, it’s only fitting that Erin Cayless would want to give her own family home a glow-up. The team has revealed the finished result and it’s truly glorious – all creamy tones, textural stone and organic accents.

“I think the audience will be genuinely surprised that my house is not white and bright and light and airy,” Erin shared on Instagram. “It is a little bit of a step away from that classic Three Birds look.”

Where is Erin’s wonderfully made-over home? It’s located on a sprawling block in a leafy suburb in The Hills District of New South Wales. having started out as a tired 1990s brick home with a terracotta tile roof, it’s been transformed into a welcoming urban farmhouse.

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Three Birds Renovations co-founder Erin Cayless outside her renovated farmhouse-style home. (Image: @threebirdsrenovations via Instagram )

Erin shares the home with her husband Nathan Cayless, a former professional rugby league footballer and now NRL coach with the Parramatta Eels, and their three children.

It’s the latest in a line-up of extraordinary home renos for the Three Birds Renovations trio. Others in the mix have included co-founders Bonnie Hindmarsh’s dream home and Lana Taylor’s forever home. At this point they’re pros at flipping homes, and Lana is joining the new Channel 7 series Dream Home as a judge in 2024.

Three Birds Renovations co-founders Lana, Erin and Bonnie
Three Birds Renovations co-founders Lana, Erin and Bonnie. (Image: Three Birds Renovations)

True to the Three Birds’ style, Erin’s Urban Farmhouse is full of incredible interior ideas. It has five bedrooms, a kitchen and butler’s pantry, a dining room, a main living room and a family lounge, a study, laundry, main bathroom and three ensuites.

Outdoors is an expansive entertaining zone and landscaped gardens, complete with a pool, tennis court and atrium.

We take a tour of the dreamy family home and get expert tips to emulate the organic interior style.

Inside Erin’s urban farmhouse

It’s hard to believe this beautiful exterior was once anything but. The dated tiles have been replaced with a fresh roof, gutters and fascia in ‘Basalt’ from Lysaght.

Cladding from James Hardie in Dulux ‘Grey Port’ complements the lush surrounds. Black Stegbar windows contrast beautifully.

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An elegant entrance by Corinthian Doors is flanked with pillars cladded in stone from Artisan Exterior. The pot from The Balcony Garden elevates the look even further. (Image: Maree Homer for @threebirdsrenovations via Instagram )

Main living area

The main living room in Erin’s urban farmhouse is light-filled and open plan, while still feeling cosy. Stone cladding from Artisan Exterior and the Lopi fireplace creates a focal point, with barn-style doors adding a rustic touch.

Erin's Urban Farmhouse living room Miss Amara rug
The ‘Monty’ swivel chair and ‘Calvin’ occasional chairs from Freedom maximise seating space. A marble plinth from Fleur Studios is a touch of glam. Artwork by Louisa Shield. (Image: Miss Amara)

The key to Erin’s farmhouse aesthetic, says Sydney Rose – stylist for Miss Amara rugs – is that it mixes and matches modern and traditional furnishings and fabrications.

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The Miss Amara Vanni rug echoes the curves of the lounge. The Luxaflex ‘Burton’ sheer s-wave curtains in Natural complement the contemporary farmhouse feel in this space. (Image: Miss Amara)

“For this property, Miss Amara’s Vanni rug was styled in the main living area,” says Sydney. “Opting for curved shapes adds balance to a space and is a great twist on a classic rectangle rug that we typically see styled in living spaces.”

Kitchen & living area

The open-plan living area and kitchen embraces earthy details such as a vase, chopping board and mortar and pestle from The Voyage Home.

“Lending itself to the laidback Australian sensibility, the urban farmhouse style utilises a neutral colour palette,” says Sydney. It blends natural materials and layered textures.

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Cabinetry and a hidden spice rack are by Carrera by Design, with Woodcut timber flooring. The cooker and concealed rangehood from Eurolinx steals the show. (Image: @threebirdsrenovations via Instagram )

The once-tiny back porch was expanded to an impressive 5.5 x 12 metres, providing plenty of space for living, dining, and a fully equipped built-in kitchen for barbeque enthusiasts.

“This was the biggest structural part of this renovation but worth every cent as we love to entertain and plan to spend most of our time out here,” says Erin.

Erin's Urban Farmhouse living room Miss Amara rug
Sliding stacking doors from Stegbar double the living space when opened up. The boucle sofa from Freedom sits on a Miss Amara ‘Vanni’ rug. (Image: Miss Amara)

Family lounge room

The second lounge space is everything you’d want in a relaxing zone. The calming sage Dulux ‘Still’ on the walls and ceiling evokes a serene atmosphere. “It’s the perfect shade to bring a beautiful and bold personality to this space,” the Three Birds Renovations team shared on Instagram.

Their top tip for choosing paint shades? “Do not select your paint colour until you’ve sampled a few shades in your space!”

Erin's Urban Farmhouse Luxaflex curtains
It’s all about green in this home, with Dulux ‘Still’ being just the right shade for Erin. It’s a match made in heaven with the lounge, artwork, tables and TV console from MCM House. Luxaflex curtains. Freedom rug and armchairs. Beacon Lighting ceiling fan. The Voyage Home pot. (Image: Luxaflex)


The home office is a place where Erin can go for some quiet time to get things done. It features a window seat and Luxaflex curtains that pull across when it’s not in use.

“Window coverings not only help to create privacy, but also play a significant role in the overall aesthetics of a room,” says Erin. “It is important to consider window treatments early in the planning stage, ensuring they complement the rest of your interior décor.”

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A Freedom desk and Black Salt Co chair are central in the study. Luxaflex curtain pull across the bench seat by Carrera By Design with The Foam Booth cushion covered in The Society Inc fabric. An Alba Atelier wicker tray and Ecoya candle soften the space. (Image: Luxaflex)


The main bedroom is a serene dream, with walk-in-robes and an ensuite. It’s painted in Dulux ‘Buff It’ with EC Carpets making it soft underfoot.

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Luxaflex curtains create privacy and a cocooning feeling in the main bedroom. (Image: Luxaflex)

In Erin and Nathan’s eldest daughter Mia’s bedroom, peachy shades and pretty details abound. A shell artwork from Olive et Oriel sets the tone above the bed, with a Create Estate bedhead and bed linen from Society of Wanderers.

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The bedside tables from Fleur Studios are chic and practical. (Image: @threebirdsrenovations via Instagram)

Mia has a built-in desk in her bedroom. The chair and mirror from Alba Atelier add character, while the walls and ceiling are Dulux ‘Buff It Half’.

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(Image: @threebirdsrenovations via Instagram)

This boisterous bedroom will stand the test of time for a boy who’s growing up fast. The ceiling detail by IntrimGroup painted in Dulux ‘Blue Metal’ is an inspiring twist on a traditional feature wall.

The mattress, bed base, bedside tables and ottoman are from Freedom, with bedding from I Love Linen. The bench seat fabric is from The Society Inc. Artwork from Olive et Oriel adds a little oomph to the space and picks up the rustic hues in the Clo Studios lamp.

Three Birds Renovations Instagram Erin's Urban Farmhouse Boy Bedroom
(Image: @threebirdsrenovations via Instagram)

The youngest in the family, Marli, has a bedroom that is fun and playful. It features bedside tables from Black Salt Co and artwork by Jai Vasicek.

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Dulux ‘Clay Pipe Half’ on the walls and skirting is a more grown-up and chic alternative to pink. (Image: @threebirdsrenovations via Instagram)

Mia has a beautiful study space with desk by Carrera By Design and desk handles by Lo & Co Interiors. Boucle 4304 carpet in Ovie from EC Carpets covers the floor.

Three Birds Renovations Erin's Urban Farmhouse Marli's Desk
Artwork by Jai Vasicek completely transforms this bedroom with its ethereal imagery. (Image: @threebirdsrenovations via Instagram)

Main bathroom

Just like the rest of the house, the main bathroom is full of neutrals, but is warm rather than stark. It features tiles from Tile Cloud, with a bath, vanity, basin and tapware from Reece Bathrooms.

A round Freedom mirror is a lovely feature, next to a Lighting Collective wall light. A white stool from MCM house is a place to pop products while you soak.

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The toilet is cleverly hidden out of sight, opposite the shower. Ecoya hand wash is a luxe touch. (Image: @threebirdsrenovations via Instagram)

Alfresco entertaining area

“Creating a weatherproof outdoor space was a top priority for our family, but figuring out how to achieve that seemed daunting. The range of Luxaflex external awnings provided the perfect solution, allowing us to enjoy our outdoor entertaining area in any weather,” says Erin.

“This alfresco area gets a lot of westerly sun and, in addition to protecting from this, these awnings maintain wind and rain protection as well as light control and privacy all year round.”

Erin's Urban Farmhouse Alfresco Entertaining Area Blinds
Erin’s outdoor space features the Luxaflex Evo MagnaTrack Awning and an MCM House outdoor lounge. (Image: Luxaflex)

The Three Birds Renovations team really have outdone themselves with this wonderfully warm home. We can’t wait to see what they have in store next!

Shop Erin’s urban farmhouse


‘Calvin’ occasional chair

$799, Freedom

Best for: Statement seating

The wide seat and broad back make it incredibly comfortable. Upholstered with a textured durable fabric in a creamy white, it will suit any style of home. Perfect for styling up an empty corner or for additional seating in any space. It’s versatile and timeless.

Sizes: 77cm width, 71cm depth, 75cm height, 12.8kg

Colours: Sky Natural

Materials: Seat upholstered with a textured durable fabric with powder coated metal fame

Key features:

  • Armless design
  • Wide rectangular seat
  • Broad back


‘Vanni’ curved wool rug in Solid Cream

$711.55 for 230cm x 160cm (usually $749), Miss Amara

Best for: Stylish zoning

A contemporary alternative to the traditional rectangle rug, this asymmetrical bean shape rug adds some luxe to a space. Handmade in India by skilled artisans, it’s modern bohemian meets glam.

Sizes: 230cm x 160cm; 280cm x 190cm; 330cm x 240cm

Colours: Ivory cream

Materials: Super soft 12mm weave of 90 per cent wool and 10 per cent viscose, with cotton backing

Key features:

  • Handcrafted
  • Made from wool
  • Ivory cream


‘Monty’ leather swivel chair

$2199, Freedom

Best for: A touch of luxury

This occasional chair is oversized with a plump back and seat cushions. It has a large, round pedestal base that lets you twist and twirl. The low back is ideal for lounging, with a swivel base for flexibility.

Sizes: 89cm width, 115ccm depth, 74.5cm height, 38kg

Colours: Camel

Materials: Leather upholstery with timber and metal structure

Key features:

  • Large, round pedestal base
  • Oversized and roomy
  • Hand dyed camel coloured leather


French flax linen sheet set in Clay

$325, I Love Linen

Best for: A good night’s sleep.

Made from European Flax grown in France and stonewashed for softness, this linen bedding set is deluxe. It won’t pill and only gets softer with time. The Clay shade is warm and inviting, complementing neutral interiors or working well with complementary shades.

Sizes: Single, King Single, Double, Queen, King

Colours: Beige Gingham, Blush, Charcoal Gingham, Clay, Clay Gingham, Creme

Materials: 100 per cent pure French Flax linen

Key features:

  • 1 x flat sheet with hemstich border (sign of good quality)
  • 1 x fitted sheet with sturdy elastic (to assist with fit)
  • 2 x pillowcases with deep envelope closures (Single and King Single receive 1 x pillowcase)


Ecoya French Pear Hand and Body Wash

$29.95 , Ecoya

Best for: An elevated bathroom.

This hand and body wash not only looks divine, but smells good too. It has a rich and sophisticated scent with crisp tree-ripened Queensland pear, vanilla and clove. It’s designed to gently wash and cleanse your skin.

Sizes: 450ml.

Colours: French Pear

Materials: Botanical base of macadamia, coconut and almond oils with vitamin E

Key features:

  • Fragrance top notes of pear, lemon and orange
  • A nourishing gentle hand and body wash
  • Free from parabens, propylene glycol, silicone and artificial colours.

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