Aunty Kate’s House

Sunset over the city.

Sunset over the city.

Aunty Kate,  do not read any further!

My sister is the biggest sap I know.  If she reads nice things about her home – the first home she owned together with her partner, and their first family home – she’s going to cry.

As I’ve said before, Kate has great style.  She has an eye for beautiful old stuff and stylish new stuff, and a weakness for buying it.  She has the patience and talent to reupholster a chair, paint some art, sew a beautiful quilt and give new life to old furniture.  She is also brutally honest, so she keeps me on the straight and narrow with my styling ideas for House By The Water.

Aunty Kate’s apartment in Breakfast Point, in Sydney, is on the market, so it’s a good excuse for us to take a sticky beak.



The perfect place for wine and cheese!   Adirondack chairs from Ocean Country Furniture.   Pots from Bunnings.

Living area

Rug from Pottery Barn.

Rug and cushions from Pottery Barn.  Moroccan leather pouffe from Table Tonic.  DIY reupholstered arm chair and paintings by Kate.  Framed photos by her partner.

Aunty Kate said "If she saw another real estate picture of limes or lemons, she'd scream."  So she go pomegranates instead.

Shutter love.

Aunty Kate said “If I see another real estate picture of limes or lemons, I’ll scream.” So she bought pomegranates instead.  Since working for Sydney Markets (and being a judge of “miscellaneous vegetables” at the Royal Sydney Show!), my sister knows her pomegranates from her persimmons!  There is always a bunch of fresh and fancy flowers in her home.

The shutters throughout this apartment are partly responsible for convincing me we need shutters in our new home.  They look so good, the light control is great and they are tough!  Note the sliding shutters.

Breakfast Point living area.

Entertainment unit made from Tasmanian blackwood, by Oz Design.  Wall paint is Dulux Sisal (but be warned Real Estate photography has a tendency to oversaturate the colours.) And the flower-in-vase  painting is by my mother-in-law.

Custom cabinetry.

Custom cabinetry.

My nieces’ room.

Photos exclusive to HBTW!  And by my special request.  I love this room.  It always looks gorgeous and has morphed over time; originally a guest room, then home to one little girl, then two!  It’s a showroom of many of Aunty Kate’s talents.

Girls room.

Room for two little rabbits. Painting by Kate.  Wall colour Taubmans Blue Waltz.

Ahh…  I’m getting sentimental now.  That cot is up to baby number 5!  My 3 kids slept, sang and cried in there, then Aunty Kate’s two little girls.

Toddler bed.

Hello Charlotte! Bunting, mobile and quilt all handmade by Kate.

Community space

Old fashioned cricket field - the scene of my son's first birthday.

Old fashioned cricket field and pavillion- the scene of my son’s first birthday, hosted by Aunty Kate.

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