“I LOVE LINEN, LUSH LAYERS OF
. PORTUGUESE COTTON IS ONE
THINGS AND I LOVE COTTONS OUT OF INDIA, TOO” ~ LESA
This space (top) “currently
accommodates my middle child,
Hayden, while he is home from
his world travels,” explains Lesa.
“I hand-painted the bedhead with
chalk paint six years ago. Its first
life was as an Indian room divider.”
Dark-hued tribal cushions from
Bandhini Design create dramatic
contrast against the stunning
piece, while feathered cross and
heart artworks by the window
were a gift from Lesa’s friend, Gold
Coast-based artist Kim Raath.
“We upgraded the bathrooms from
the tree-green original, pretty
much in the first few months,”
says Lesa of the wash zone (right).
And the benefit was immediate.
“A neutral palette will not outdate
and allows me to bring in a pop of
colour with my towels, and texture
with a hanging plant,” she says.
For Lesa, putting her own unique stamp on interiors means
staying true to her instincts and taking risks with furniture pieces.
“Ten years ago, I painted something and someone said to me,
‘Oh no, you shouldn’t paint that, it’s Indian teak.’ So I stopped.
Then I thought, ‘Stuff that, I’m going to find my own groove’,”
recalls Lesa, who shares her home-decorating journey on her
popular Moss And Twine Instagram account.
And yet, as picture-worthy as her home may be, these are no
look-but-don’t-touch showrooms. It’s a loved and lived-in family
home for Lesa and Greg, who have two adult children, as well as son
Reid, 16, whose HQ is downstairs. “I laugh because my house is
actually like this all the time,” says Lesa, who’s set aside, for now,
the original plan to do an extensive renovation and sell on. “People
think, ‘Oh no, that’s just an Instagram shot,’ and I have a giggle
to myself and go, ‘Actually, it’s not.’ I’m a really house-proud person.
There’s a lot of love here, there’s a lot of warmth.”
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