Take inspiration from some of Australia’s best living spaces. An artistic couple show off their eclectic hand-crafted ironstone and timber home, located in the Blue Mountains just west of Sydney.
A solid, single-storey house in Blackheath, in the Blue Mountains west of Sydney. Made of ironstone and timber it was built entirely by hand in 1979.
Who lives here
Julie Paterson, a textile designer and artist, Amanda Kaye, a writer, and Harry the dog.
What we did
“Basically, just painted the ceiling,” says Julie. They couldn’t find the exact colour they were looking for but did admire the tone of a 1970s Tupperware butter dish they owned. “We took the dish to the paint shop and matched that colour. We call it Tupperware beige.”
Our favourite room
The large living area, consisting of a lounge room, dining room, kitchen and fireplace. “It’s so big, we can have two separate lounge areas,” says Julie.
Both Amanda and Julie agree that living in Blackheath feels like they are on the edge of civilisation. “We live in the middle of nowhere, in nature, but just up the road we can catch a train back to Sydney,” Julie says.
Julie and Amanda are taking steps towards living fully off the grid. “We have solar panels on the roof and we’re trying to move away entirely from gas,” says Amanda. Also planned are more water tanks and fire-proofing measures.