While I may have focused on all things Autumn on Instagram yesterday (those Scandinavian wool and alpaca blankets are a must, after all), other parts of the world are slowly emerging into spring. And James Watts – managing director of ethically run rug store Armadillo, his partner Tony and their dog teddy – will be enjoying the season to come in style. 
Located in the historic village of Burrawang (great name!), in the Southern Highlands of New South Wales, Australia, their 1930s weatherboard cottage has been lovingly restored into a cosy country retreat. For the look, James’ drew on his design background and a previous career in set design – and the pair wanted to create a layered, cohesive look with a British touch. Think one-off vintage finds, heirlooms, textiles and art as well as nature-based colours inspired by the countryside and sea. 
Ready to take a tour of their cosy home? Step this way! 
James and Tony worked hard to restore many of the original features, and anything beyond repair was replaced with consideration to the 1930s architecture. A front porch and decking were also added.  
The cosy, light-filled dining area is comprised of a built-in bench topped with textiles from Cultiver, classic Thonet chairs and a rug from Armadillo

Walls painted in Porter’s paint Highlands Grey add contrast and drama to the kitchen – as well as a sense of cosiness in winter. The stools are from Great Dane and rug from Armadillo. Many of the smaller pieces are vintage. 

A basket / pot from Water Tiger rests on a table picked up at Lydie Du Bray antiques. A vintage light from Emac & Lawton lighting can be seen to the right. The jute rug is from Armadillo

The house has two bathrooms, the first of which is kitted out with fittings from The English Tapware Company and tiles from Teranova

The bedroom wall has been painted in Porter’s duck egg (the bespoke bathroom cabinet looks like a similar shade but is actually Porter’s Arctic Bay, the table lamps are from Bragg & Co and the bed linen picked up at Society Limonta

What a perfect retreat. I love the blend of Australian country with British nostalgia – it really speaks to me! 
Is there anything that stands out to you about James and Tony’s country home? 
I’m particularly grateful to photographer Marnie Hawson for the kind permission to feature these images. I’m constantly inspired by Marnie’s work having featured many of the homes she has captured in the past including her own vintage-inspired living space in a former post-office. Marnie is a values-driven photographer working with people and brands who have a genuine commitment to the environmental and social impact of what they do. I particularly love her Prints for Wildlife – with 100% of profits going directly to independent wildlife shelters. 
Fancy taking a peek around more homes Down Under this weekend? There are plenty to feel inspired by here (if this cottage pops up first, just scroll on by – although I can understand if you’d like to look through the pictures again!). 
Right folks, that’s it from me this week. I hope you have a wonderful few days and see you Monday! 
Niki
Photography: Marnie Hawson 
Styling: Olga Lewis

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While I may have focused on all things Autumn on Instagram yesterday (those Scandinavian wool and alpaca blankets are a must, after all), other parts of the world are slowly emerging into spring. And James Watts – managing director of ethically run rug store Armadillo, his partner Tony and their dog teddy – will be enjoying the season to come in style. 
Located in the historic village of Burrawang (great name!), in the Southern Highlands of New South Wales, Australia, their 1930s weatherboard cottage has been lovingly restored into a cosy country retreat. For the look, James’ drew on his design background and a previous career in set design – and the pair wanted to create a layered, cohesive look with a British touch. Think one-off vintage finds, heirlooms, textiles and art as well as nature-based colours inspired by the countryside and sea. 
Ready to take a tour of their cosy home? Step this way! 
James and Tony worked hard to restore many of the original features, and anything beyond repair was replaced with consideration to the 1930s architecture. A front porch and decking were also added.  
The cosy, light-filled dining area is comprised of a built-in bench topped with textiles from Cultiver, classic Thonet chairs and a rug from Armadillo

Walls painted in Porter’s paint Highlands Grey add contrast and drama to the kitchen – as well as a sense of cosiness in winter. The stools are from Great Dane and rug from Armadillo. Many of the smaller pieces are vintage. 

A basket / pot from Water Tiger rests on a table picked up at Lydie Du Bray antiques. A vintage light from Emac & Lawton lighting can be seen to the right. The jute rug is from Armadillo

The house has two bathrooms, the first of which is kitted out with fittings from The English Tapware Company and tiles from Teranova

The bedroom wall has been painted in Porter’s duck egg (the bespoke bathroom cabinet looks like a similar shade but is actually Porter’s Arctic Bay, the table lamps are from Bragg & Co and the bed linen picked up at Society Limonta

What a perfect retreat. I love the blend of Australian country with British nostalgia – it really speaks to me! 
Is there anything that stands out to you about James and Tony’s country home? 
I’m particularly grateful to photographer Marnie Hawson for the kind permission to feature these images. I’m constantly inspired by Marnie’s work having featured many of the homes she has captured in the past including her own vintage-inspired living space in a former post-office. Marnie is a values-driven photographer working with people and brands who have a genuine commitment to the environmental and social impact of what they do. I particularly love her Prints for Wildlife – with 100% of profits going directly to independent wildlife shelters. 
Fancy taking a peek around more homes Down Under this weekend? There are plenty to feel inspired by here (if this cottage pops up first, just scroll on by – although I can understand if you’d like to look through the pictures again!). 
Right folks, that’s it from me this week. I hope you have a wonderful few days and see you Monday! 
Niki
Photography: Marnie Hawson 
Styling: Olga Lewis










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