I’d like to introduce you to Belinda Satterthwaite, the creative and clever owner of Tomolly, a beautiful homewares and gift shop in the heart of historic Millthorpe. Belinda was kind enough to let me into her home and shop to take a few pictures, so i can share with you her unique sense of style. I don’t know about you, but i get tired of seeing the same old, same old ‘on trend’ pieces in every store. It all gets so boring and repetitive. Belinda has a fresh approach when looking for stock to fill her store. She doesn’t like to fill her shelves with the same thing as everybody else and is constantly on the lookout for something a bit different. She has an eclectic mix of functional, stylish, upcycled and handmade items in Tomolly. It really is a treasure trove!
Her home decorating is very unique too. Belinda’s floors, walls and skirts are all white, providing a crisp blank canvas on which to decorate. Most of the items in her home are found, collected and often upcycled. The house is perfectly curated and completely original. I love it! Thanks Belinda for letting me into your creative space!
Are recycled interiors suitable for a modern home? I think so. We moved into our modern home almost 12 months ago and have slowly, but surely been putting our stamp on the place. Even before the boxes had been unpacked, i had decided that i wanted to include my love of vintage and secondhand pieces into our new home. It was suggested that i probably wouldn’t be able to do that in such a modern setting, but i was determined to use some of my existing pieces and find more vintage treasures to include in our modern setting.While i have no doubt that vintage pieces can be used in a modern setting, you do need to be selective and have a good mix of different decor items. I was mindful of the fact that not everything would work, but looking around there are lots of recycled items in my home that look and feel modern. You just have to be careful about getting the balance right. This vintage air circulator (which still works) was the perfect solution for a small side table near the lounge. A modern lamp sitting on top of it, contrasts nicely. And, how to fix a broken lounge leg? With old magazines of course! Okay, it is not the most profession repair job, but it is as solid as a rock and other good form of recycling. My husband already owned a couple of much cherished vintage maps and there was no chance of them being left out of the mix. With many large windows and few blank walls, i was limited to only a couple of places in which the maps would fit. This vintage map of the states hangs proudly in our main living area. Underneath are a couple of vintage crates, used as planter boxes and a gorgeous green french desk. I think the contrast of these aged items works well in a modern setting.A much treasured vintage school desk we already own had to be included in our new home. It works well in the modern setting as the colour of the wood just happens to blend perfectly with our wooden steps. A modern light box, hanging above the desk, maintains the modern feel of the space. My most treasured antique find, an aseptic dental cabinet takes pride of place in our main living area. It has quite an industrial look about it, so it was easy to incorporate into our modern setting. A vintage number three sits atop the medical cabinet – my hubby loves the number three and it doesn’t look out of place here, despite its age and being covered in rust.I love the contrast of my old vintage stool in our sleek and modern bathroom. Being environmentally aware when decorating doesn’t mean your entire home needs to have sustainable design and all recycled furniture (that would be great though). We can all contribute to a more sustainable way of living in small ways. Don’t go out a buy a new stool if a secondhand one will suit your space.My bedroom is decorated in quite a modern style, but i have still included this old vintage trunk in the design. A simple makeover with shiny black paint has brought this trunk to life and given it a modern feel, that fits beautifully into my bedroom.My last recycled find that i wanted to share is this beautifully made coffee table – created with old railway sleepers. This was an absolute bargain on ebay for $50. I love it! I had it in storage when we lived in our previous home because it didn’t suit, but it looks perfect in our new home. Rustic, warm and recycled. What do you think? Can recycled pieces work in a modern home?
My husband knows me well. On a work trip to Coonabarabran last week he visited one of our favourite secondhand/antique stores and picked up a gorgeous recycled rack. This hook rack was upcycled by a local farmer using a beautiful piece of wood from some old draught horse equipment. He managed to make four of these solid racks and we were lucky enough to score the last one….and at a bargain price too!! Nothing makes me happier than finding decor items that are solidly made, recycled and a reasonable price. This hooked rack is a trifecta!! LOVE!