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Southern Highlands Luxury Country Home

Twelve weeks was all interior designer Walter Herman needed to transform a relatively nondescript home in the NSW Southern Highlands town of Exeter into a plush country house for Sydney real estate agent Alison Coopes and her husband Craig Cook.

pink cherry blossoms

Dramatic changes were made to the floor plan to suit the couple, such as creating a larger dining room by removing an entrance door and a cramped hallway.

southern highland entrance

Transforming the double garage into a media room with high ceilings and dentil cornices was perhaps the most radical change. The designer also closed in the verandah to make a hallway to the new room, with antique furniture, dark walls and sisal carpeting.

southern highland home

A generous double lounge room now takes the place of a combined kitchen and dining room, with furniture slip-covered in linen, Vaughan cushions to add colour, and a chandelier from Antiques on Consignment.

southern highland home living room

A Vaughan ‘Menton’ brass shade hangs above a marble island bench in the kitchen, which was formerly a bathroom.

southern highland home kitchen

In one of the bedrooms, soft-green wallpaper from Eijffinger’s Stripes Only collection is teamed with custom curtains in P Kaufmann ‘Satin Stitch Amber’ and an antique bedhead upholstered in a golden yellow fabric.

country bedroom

A blue-and-white wallpaper by Ralph Lauren is a classic choice in the guest bathroom, which was once the laundry.

blue pink stripe bathroom

Location: Exeter, Southern Highlands Australia via Vogue Living
Photos: Lisa Cohen
Interior Designer: Walter Herman

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