A sanctuary of boho style
AMANDA COUTTS has created a sanctuary of style around an old cottage in the Byron Bay hinterlands.
"Pete (Pete Murray, musician) and I were living in Melbourne and his album (Feeler) had just gone to number one meaning we could finally buy a decent home," Amanda said.
"Because we were living in Melbourne, that is where we started looking for a house. Our priority was we needed a place where we could build a studio for Pete. We realised we didn't have to live in Melbourne and if we could live anywhere it would be near Byron Bay.
"That was eight or nine years ago. So we started looking around Byron, again prioritising for something with the potential for a studio. I found this old farm house with an old garden advertised that I cut out from the paper. By the time we got on to Gormons Road, Eureka, I was already in love. I looked at Pete, and said, 'this is it! It was the original farm house for the area. The Norfolk pine trees surrounding the property are well over a hundred years old
"Kate Platt, the interior designer owned it before us. The kitchen was amazing, but the first thing we needed to do was convert what was once a photographer's studio into Pete's studio. We extended the veranda and opened up the kitchen a little more and that was about it. We got married here and had a really big wedding party. It was also where Summer at Eureka was recorded.
"I have gently gone around and put my little changes to the house to suit my eye. Because I am an artist, every little place has to be a picture. This house is such a retreat; the energy is very grounding, which sometimes I need. There is so much history and story to this place, it's a living thing. I believe when you live in a house, you're sharing the space and you grow together."