Interior stylist Maryann Walker & husband Brian purchased 'Flora House' - a 1909 cottage in Dharawal country, Thirroul, NSW - with the dream of creating a beautiful family home & a place to host their future guests.
The traditional miner's cottage was uninhabitable when it came onto the market mid renovation. While there were no floors, doors or bathroom, the couple knew the treasure was in the inherent character the home had. "When we saw the original Metters fuel stove still standing in the kitchen and the interior wood paneling in such great condition & the little cottage nestled at the back of the property - there was just so much to love!"
Foragers & fixer-uppers at heart, Maryann & Brian let the reclaimed, rescued & repurposed materials guide their design choices. The homes beautiful wide Blackbutt floorboards, bathroom tiles, kitchen cabinetry and lead light windows were all sourced from trade sites & online marketplaces.
The couple's stedfast commitment to sustainable living is also seen in the quality of the kitchen's stone bench tops, Smeg appliances and Noel & Gladys pottery, the Brodware tapware in the bathroom and Miss Molly bedding in the bedrooms.
"We want each piece that comes into our home to bring peace & happiness and for me that will always come from the foraged & the handmade" says Maryann.
Once the main house renovations were completed, Maryann turned her interior styling to Sailor's Heart, the little cottage nestled at the back of the property. "For 'Sailor's Heart' I wanted to bring a sense of fun & a little drama with a mix of bright & earthy tones, textures and shapes - a perfect place for couples to escape for the weekend".
Maryann and Brian's renovations have completely transformed both cottages into sanctuaries not only adored by them but by the bevy of guests & businesses that come through each and every week.
Flora House enjoyed its most recent feature in Country Style and is now officially available for photo shoots & events. To stay at Sailor's Heart, you can book here. For consulting, shoots & styling services, contact Maryann here.
Photo credits: First & fifth images by Nicole Deeroy, remaining images by Brigid Arnott Photography for Country Style.