Australian Homes

Heather Nette King and Family

by Lucy Feagins, Editor
Wednesday 18th January 2012

The Armadale home of interiors stylist Heather Nette King and family

Vintage poster from  Vintage Posters on High Street Armadale.  Love that FAB pink bentwood bench… pink and green, what a combo.

Master bedroom – the painting was Heather’s Christmas gift from Jem and the girls – ‘after I layed on the hints with a trowel’ says Heather! It’s called ‘Somewhere Over the Rainbow’ and is by the gorgeous Melbourne artist Arite Kannavos through Gilligan Grant Gallery.  Pillowcases from Scarlet Jones.

Today we present a vibrant Victorian family home in Armadale – full of life, colour, and, well – PINK!

Yes, it’s no secret that Heather Nette King, respected local interiors stylist (we interviewed Heather last year) has a thing for bold, sometimes quirky colour combos – and a particular love of pinky, girly hues! Heather lives here with husband Jeremy and daughters Annebelle (14) and Alex (12) – it seems with three ladies in the house, Jeremy is a little outnumbered!

After buying the house in 2000, Heather and Jeremy undertook just a few minor tasks to pretty up their new home without breaking the bank – they ripped up the carpet, polished the floorboards, painted the walls and installed wardrobes. The pool is a more recent addition – the family spent four years in Sydney from 2005 – 2009, and Jeremy, a little sad to come home, was compelled to install a pool upon their return to Melbourne!

Inevitably Heather’s work means she is constantly stumbling across new ideas for their ever-changing home… she re-paints the kitchen floor regularly (it’s deep pink at the moment), and props acquired from shoots and creative friends are always on rotation throughout the house. Annebelle’s room was painted with amazing wide horizontal stripes for a Dulux shoot last year – they had planned to re-paint the wall white, but of course Annebelle loved the stripes, so they stayed!  Gotta love that sense of spontenaity – such is the nature of a stylist’s home!

When asked what she loves most about her home, Heather says she has a soft spot for the ‘kookiness’ of the house – ‘it’s on an odd shaped block and the layout is a bit rabbit-warren-y, but it has a very relaxed, almost country-like feeling to it’ she says. The return verandah around the front and side of the house is another favourite feature.

Massive thanks to Heather for sharing her beautiful home with us and for the super speedy turnaround! Do pop over and check out Heather’s gorgeous blog if you haven’t got it bookmarked already, and you can also spot Heather’s fab house / product shoots most weekends in The Age’s Sunday Life and M Magazine!

Dining room.  Painting above fireplace (oil and sashiko stitching) – Heather’s most beloved possession!  A present for Heather’s 40th Birthday.  It’s called ‘Alice and Shelley’ by Edwina Lye and Brian Simmons. The table was Jeremy’s parents, we inherited it when we first moved in together one hundred years ago. Every time I think about replacing it I think of the conversations it has heard and I get all sentimental and keep it’ – Heather.  Awwww!

Painting – ‘Alice and Shelley’ by Edwina Lye and Brian Simmons, oil paint and sashiko stitching.

‘I love collecting old trophies and most of these are from the 1930s and 40s’ says Heather.  ‘It’s kinda sad how they have been tossed out along the way, after they were once such a source of pride!’

Dining room details.  Gold tea set from an opp shop, chandelier light from Freedom. (!!!)

Love the country style kitchen!

Sweet girly kitchen details. Love print by Jennifer Ramos Made By Girl, Quilt girl in green frame from, fabric in embroidery hoop from Shannon Lamden / Aunty Cookie.

Don’t talk to me about white balance.  The floor is PINK (Dulux Lickedy Lick, to be more accurate).

Annebelle’s super gorgeous girly bedroom!  Iron bed bought on ebay, Love cushions from Lush Lampshades in London.  This room was used as a location for a Dulux shoot Heather styled last year.  The striped were painted on for that shoot – Annebelle loved them so they stayed!  Pink heart cushion is from Heather’s pal Salvation Jane!

Chanel print purchased from Tarlo and Graham. Patricia Urquiola Frilly chair from Space floorstock sale!

A sneaky shot of gorgeous Heather – busy preparing for a shoot on the day of my visit! Vintage Casala chair from The Junk Company.

Sugar the cat guarding the front door!  Cats always know when you’re taking a picture.

Pool!  This is as Sydney as Melbourne gets I reckon.  Love it.

by Lucy Feagins, Editor
Wednesday 18th January 2012


  • Franka 5 years ago

    O I’m in love with this happymaking home!!!


    ♥ Franka

  • Herma 5 years ago

    Thanks for the house of Heather Nette King.. wow.. it’s soooo beautiful!!!
    So many beautiful colours!!
    With love, Herma

  • This is so close to my dream home! I love all the colours! I can’t decide which room I love more, the candy pink kitchen or the cobalt blue dining table and chairs.

  • kylie 5 years ago

    lovely lady and fabulous house. A great source of inspiration.

  • Kimmy 5 years ago

    fantastic home, thanks for sharing. Love Heather’s style and that most “beloved possession” above the fireplace by Edwina Lye and Brian Simmons is simply divine, i can see why she loves it so….this home, girly girlness at it’s best. sigh. xx

  • Jessamy 5 years ago

    Feel inspired by the colour and the mix!

  • Lisa Rodden 5 years ago

    I have house envy! I especially love the Alice & Shelly artwork.

  • Lauren 5 years ago

    oh wow – I am in love with this house!!

  • Pippa 5 years ago

    I love a good use of pink in the home and Heather has the master touch! Thanks for sharing :)

  • jas 5 years ago

    gorgeous home, I love following heather’s blog and seeing her pieces in the weekend magazine. Love the pops of colour and that blue table and chairs combo is a fave of mine (if only my man would let me paint his table that we’ve had since we moved in together!)

  • Jaine 5 years ago

    Such a gorgeous home and Heather has a wonderful way with colour – love it!

  • eat my shorts 5 years ago

    I love all those pops of colour against the white. Fabulous, incredibly inspiring!

  • Harriet 5 years ago

    Love this house (perhaps because I’m from Sydney?) I want the pink bentwood bench!

  • Poppet Designs 5 years ago

    Love the colors. I would love how you deal with clutter because my daughter is nearly 8 and is consumed with clutter in her room! I would love to learn how…..

  • dayle 5 years ago

    colour me happy! love this home very much. certainly cheery & light filled.

  • Deb 5 years ago

    LOVE this home! its so colourful and welcoming!
    happy Christmas and New year Lucy! Hope its another FAB one for you! x

  • Gourmet Chick 5 years ago

    Great homely kitchen and am so in love with the pool.

  • Louisa 5 years ago

    Ooh very nice! Love this house. I’m getting inspired to try a bit of colour in my house now!

  • Frankie 5 years ago

    I was having such a shitty morning until i looked at this house. Pink and green is my all time favourite combo and never fails to make me smile. Thank you! x

  • maria 5 years ago

    I love all the colour!
    I have been looking for a chandelier light just like the one form Freedom but I can’t see it on the website. Is it not current stock?

  • Carla Coulson 5 years ago

    I adore all the bursts of colour..the pink and green theme even down to the door and gumboots!
    What a talented woman……I love the constant change of the house always evolving just fabulous!

  • Monica 5 years ago

    The colours in this house are mesmerising. The fact it’s a character home makes it a bit of a stunner anyway (particularly the polished floorboards and the stained glass windows), but the contrast between subdued heritage features and flamboyant pinks, blues and greens is jealousy-inducing.

  • Ännchen von Tharau 5 years ago

    I really love all the colour! especially the pink floor in the kitchen. Dream-house in a dream-city! Just love the Aussies!

  • le_third 5 years ago

    just lovely – I follow heather and it is so nice to see her own home featured :) as always stunning – best le

  • Josephine 5 years ago

    So happy to see Heather’s home back on here, Lucy. I love her house and Blog. xx

  • Suzanne Gorman 5 years ago

    oh wow so beautiful

  • JessNorthcote 4 years ago

    Inspired use of colour. Happy space. Love love love.

  • Vanessa 4 years ago

    Love the colours used & love that navy kitchen table & chairs set. has lots of great upcycled furniture pieces are super cheap prices…

  • krista 3 years ago

    Fantastic use of colours in your house! Love your website & blog.

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