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Mountain Lodge Style - A Snowy Mountains Dream

The second episode of Selling Houses Australia series 14 was a home I fell in love with instantly. Nestled in a grove of trees on a corner surrounded by the wide open land of NSW Snowy Mountains, just driving up to the property had my heart a-flutter.

The house itself has a great history, once the local school house, the tiny building had been sitting in place for almost 100 years, and the original character still shone through. However, owner Steve, who is an award winning artist and sculptor had made himself truly at home. His sometimes imposing work was such a dominant part of the home that it was hard for prospective buyers to appreciate not just the original character of the home, but the stunning setting.

For me, it was one of those moments when I saw exactly what this home could be - the style, the colour scheme, even the furniture came to me in the first moment I saw the house.

The Mountain Lodge style calls for dark, moody colours, lots of natural textures and a mix of vintage pieces that celebrated the heritage of the home. It’s a unique property, and it felt right to retain some of the owners own pieces, which en masse, were quite imposing, but curated down to a few key pieces, added an authentic touch that actually drew attention to the beauty and the age of the property. We chose Wattyl colours for the interior: Grey Ember for the feature colour, contrasting with walls in Rainforest Cloud and trims in Titanium White.

The small home also had a very cluttered layout, with large pieces of fixed furniture monstering the original features of the home, so a clean out was the first step. Removing the large desk as well as the large kitchen bench allowed a new floor plan to make the most of the space.

On a tight budget, we spoke to Kitchens Under $2k and put together a super simple flat pack design, then brought in Granite Transformations to pimp the whole look with a fabulous engineered stone benchtop. We went for a central island giving more access to the kitchen, and sacrificed some storage in the island in order to create an eat in kitchen, removing the need for a dining table. Adding some copper finishes, like these handles from Kethy, and the fabulous copper-look tiles from Beaumont for the splash back made this budget kitchen look like a million dollars.

The final step was styling, collecting warm colours to offset the dark feature walls and ceiling, lots of dark tans, ochres and mustards with chunky textures and handmade pieces made this home feel as if it had already been lived in for years.

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