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Love for roses

Heather

Heather adores roses, not just in her garden, but on textiles and in artwork as well. She collects floral prints, both vintage and the more modern versions, such as Cloth’s rose floral prints, designed in Sydney by Julie Paterson.

After months of dragging a toddler and a baby in and out of the car at open-home inspections, Heather Nette King and her husband Jeremy were fed up with house-hunting and almost didn’t bother to take a look inside this old weather-boarder in Armadale, Melbourne, Australia. But luckily they did, because the century-old character-filled house was exactly what the couple had been dreaming of – high ceilings with intricate plaster cornices, a wide entrance hall, big bedrooms and a deep bull-nose veranda. “But best of all, it had only been moderately renovated – it was totally liveable, but still retained its romance and charm,” Heather says. Within five minutes the couple had negotiated with the agent, and secured it as their new family home. The rooms were quickly prepared for decorating. First the musty carpets were removed and the original Baltic pine floorboards were sanded and polished. The couple then painted the yellowed walls and woodwork in white (Dulux White on White). “I even painted the pine kitchen joinery white – including the glass in the doors,” Heather says. “It creates a clean, fresh backdrop for displaying my colourful kitchenware.” Heather’s passion for a paintbrush has become a bit of a running joke, as she loves to repaint the kitchen floor a different colour every few months.

When it comes to decorating an interior, Heather adopts the simple philosophy that “if it makes your heart sing, then do it”.   She loves pieces with history and character, “and if they are a bit banged up, I love them even more,” she says. “I also like to paint wooden furniture – it’s such a simple way to cohesively tie together different styles and eras. And, whenever you feel like a change, it’s just another coat of paint to completely alter the look.”

View from the kitchen to the dining area. A floor painted hot pink, and bright artwork adorn the walls of the kitchen.  LOVE print is by Jennifer Ramos of Made By Girl. The lounge/dining room.  An oil sashiko stitching painting by artists Edwina Lye and Brian Simmons hand above the mantle.  The framed photograph of flowers is by Max Doyle.
left View from the kitchen to the dining area. A floor painted hot pink, and bright artwork adorn the walls of the kitchen. LOVE print is by Jennifer Ramos of Made By Girl.
right The lounge/dining room. An oil sashiko stitching painting by artists Edwina Lye and Brian Simmons hand above the mantle. The framed photograph of flowers is by Max Doyle.
A vintage ‘O’ sign and vases in the entrance hallway. Vintage finds displayed in a metal school art room locker. A hexagon patchwork tablecloth has been re-purposed as a canvas coloured artwork.
left A vintage ‘O’ sign and vases in the entrance hallway.
right Vintage finds displayed in a metal school art room locker. A hexagon patchwork tablecloth has been re-purposed as a canvas coloured artwork.
The veranda with lounge chair Poolside details, sun lounges from Lettini.
left The veranda with lounge chair
right Poolside details, sun lounges from Lettini.

Images: Armelle Habib via Taverne Agency

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