Neale Whitaker takes us on a tour of his new country home.
When Neale Whitaker relocated from his industrial, warehouse apartment in Sydney to a country home in Bundewallah, on the New South Wales south coast, it was his first time living out of the city - ever.
Neale made the tree change with his partner David Novak-Piper and their two pooches, Ollie and Otis. Now, the interiors expert takes us though his country escape, detailing everything from his favourite rooms to the stylling of his new home.
A bit of history
"The house was actually built in the late 1930s, but I didn't want it to feel old-style or too classic. Instead, I wanted it to feel contemporary so finding that balance was quite a task, but I think we've achieved it.
"I love the house and I love the fact that I've actually been able to transport the aesthetic of my old city home, which was an industrial warehouse apartment to a country farmhouse. You wouldn't think that would work but somehow it does."
"My favourite rooms in the home would include the kitchen because that was totally redesigned to provide contemporary luxury in a classic setting.
"I also love the living/dining area where we've installed a suspended fireplace because it feels very contemporary in a very classic environment.
"The wide decks that surround the house give so much scope for living outdoors and entertaining. I call it the back-to-front house because the best deck is the one at the front that looks directly out over the valley and out to the mountains - it's a beautiful spot."
"I've been collecting books all my life and use this modular, metal shelving system from Danish company Vitsoe.
"The beauty of it is that you can take it with you when you move and you can reconfigure it to a different shape. We have this shelving system along an entire wall in the new house and that's where I have all my books."
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