When Judy and Mike first crossed the threshold of what would become their beloved country home, the pair immediately lost their hearts. “They had me at the front door,” says Judy. “I had to contain my excitement in front of the agent, because I loved it.”
That front door – a delightful stable design that sits beautifully within the home’s idyllic rural surrounds – gives the first glimpse of the elegant style within, which is centred by shades of blue and grounded in natural materials such as rattan, wicker and sisal.
Ready to relocate from Sydney and enjoy a quieter life upon Mike’s retirement, the couple had scoured the NSW Southern Highlands for more than a year prior to finding the perfect property
Finally, a local agent called with news of a home that potentially ticked their boxes – a new build in step with the region’s classic country homes, thanks to characterful details including wainscoting and a pretty-as-a-picture weatherboard facade.
Add to that a swoon-worthy vista from the living area, a verdant garden with a veggie patch and an open-plan layout, and it’s no wonder Judy and Mike were sold. “It’s spectacular to sit with a cup of tea and watch the mist rolling in over the mountain on wintry days,” says Mike.
They were also drawn to the home’s paint palette, which included divine Dulux Rangitikei River on the kitchen island and walls coated in Dulux Mount Buller – a combination that flawlessly aligned with the blue-and-white scheme they love to live with.
“The blue and white look is so timeless, I don’t think we’ll ever tire of it” ~ Georgia, Interior Designer
All they had to do was call on Sydney-based interior designer Georgia Boyd from The Classic Outfitter, who had redecorated their previous home, to build on their new abode’s classic good looks with layer upon layer of
luxurious textiles and eye-catching furniture.
“Judy and Mike’s taste is classic and fresh, and they were prepared to be brave with pattern,” explains Georgia. The designer drew from a gloriously bold ‘Sakina’ ikat by Westbury Textiles used on the sofa to inspire the shades of blue.
“The key when working with so many different textiles is to have something that brings them all together.” A softer take on the blue-and-white theme defines the bedrooms, while bolts of deep navy create an ever-so-slightly more sophisticated retreat in the sitting room and feature in the guest bedroom.
“It’s calming, it’s easy to live with and it’s everything I dreamt that I would have in my next home,” says Judy. “If it was left to me, I never would have thought to put half these fabrics together, but they complement each other beautifully.”
In a nod to laid-back country living, Georgia incorporated natural textures to bring warmth to what is otherwise a fresh, crisp palette. The result is a graceful home that feels refined yet inviting – as Judy and Mike’s many guests will attest.
Although they’ve only lived here for a year, they’ve barely had a weekend to themselves. “I’ve never been so busy in the kitchen!” exclaims Judy. “It’s been non-stop.”
Thankfully, theirs is a home that lends itself to relaxed entertaining, be it with friends who drive down from Sydney for a long, lazy lunch or those who elect to stay on a few days.
Life in their new country retreat is blissful – and worth the arduous months of house-hunting. “We love it here,” says Judy. “For me, you have to feel happy turning into the driveway, and we absolutely do.”
Anna reports on everything from sell-out skincare to Meghan Markle's messy bun. Her work has taken her to tea with Miranda Kerr, the red carpet with Margot Robbie and New York with Jason Wu. Her words can also be found on Vogue, Body & Soul, Home Beautiful and Buro 24/7.
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