Top 5 Australian Homes re-visited – Rachel Bending’s Byron Bay Sanctuary!

by Lucy Feagins, Editor
Friday 31st December 2010

The Byron Bay home of Bird Textiles designer Rachel Bending

Plunge pool!

Kitchen details

Eclectic details in the loungeroom

Rachel Bending’s amazing home in Byron Bay had all of us dreaming about summer holidays back in August! This beautiful sanctuary with stunning views of Byron Bay’s hinterland sparked so many lovely comments from you all – it seems most of us are on the same page when it comes to the idea of a ‘dream home’!

As mentioned in the original post, there is much more to this gorgeous home than meets the eye – Rachel has been practicing sustainable design for years with her company, Bird Textiles, and has carried this ethos through to the design of her dream home with husband Campbell (a chef and organic farmer).  Rachel’s house is run on solar power and solar hot water – and the home is almost entirely self sufficient, apart from the phone and internet!  Living proof that it really is possible for a sustainable home to have a contemporary design feel!

Huge thanks once again to Rachel for sharing these shots of her amazing home – I should also mention that Rachel and Cam have just welcomed a beautiful baby girl into their world – congratulations guys!

Do pop back to the original post for more pics and more info on Rachel and Cam’s sustainable home!

Ps) PLEASE JOIN ME again next week when normal Design Files programming will commence!  Yee ha!  Happy New Year! x

Rachel, rabbit, chickens(!!)

by Lucy Feagins, Editor
Friday 31st December 2010


  • madeleine brown 5 years ago

    i love this house! I wish Brisbane was getting a summer like that…
    Happy New Year, Lucy!

  • deborah Cooke 5 years ago

    Those bookshelves are absolutely divine. WANT … THEM … NOW!!!
    Happy New Year to all.

  • Snake 5 years ago

    Wow, is that the chicken’s house behind them? I think I’d be happy living in that ! :)

  • Feng Shui By Fishgirl 5 years ago

    Lovely home and the balance of yin and yang makes the feng shui feel good here. Yes, even through the computer screen! Happy new year :)

  • Byron Bending 3 years ago

    That is a great open syle designed house to cater for all seasons.I love the way it uses the sunlight .I have asked you before if we are related and you said you dont think so.I have just published my third childrens book, its called “Surfs up turtle dudes”. Its based on six of Australias surfing legends.You can google my name on Amazon Books to veiw them.Cheers Byron.

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