Hello, finally Friday. I had been thinking about the concept of design a lot lately, well I always do. But did you ever think of what’s design actually, especially home design? To me design is never a trend to follow because trends will come and go. To me design has more of a holistic approach, it is something timeless. Design is also something personal – there is no right or wrong, there is no judgment, there is no comparison. A holistic design is where your mind, body, and soul are all interconnected and you feel at home – your home. And what’s home you may ask? Isn’t home a place to showcase your style and design sense – yes perhaps, but it’s also your safe haven from the insecurities of the world. This is one place where you can just ‘be you’, where you do not have to mask or camouflage your weaknesses or inabilities, where you are most creative and above all, where you don’t have to feel the pressure of being competetive. This is your sanctuary. And when we finally understand that, we start appreciating the abundance of life – that is each moment is precious, and we feel more grateful for what we already have.
This lovingly restored 19th century home on Cloud River Farm in the pictursque Huon Valley in Tasmania is a perfect example. A couple, Mark and Natalie, moved away from the hustle and bustle of Sydney life and called this their home since January 2019. Since then, they have slowly restored the property and have come to appreciate the fruit orchards, kitchen garden, and a deck with an amazing view of the Huon river and the mountains beyond.
The couple gave up the comforts of their city life to embrace nature and a slower pace of life. They spent countless hours bringing back this home to glory and preventing it from further damage and along with also restored the original wood-burning stove. They understood the value in preserving the heritage and have decorated the house from their heart and not by design standards or trends. They opened the guesthouse part of the house to loved ones and travellers because they realized that simple pleasures of life is what it is all about – a walk in the woods or a glorious sunset by the river makes life abundant.