“Country Homes Around The World:” Jenny Rose-Innes of “Australian Designers at Home”

by ally redmond

country greenhouse with sunflowers

Last month, I was thrilled to introduce a new blog series – “Country Homes Around The World” – where every month, I’ll be spotlighting an inspirational country home and homemaker from around the world.

For April, I’m inviting you into the beautiful residence and life of Jenny Rose-Innes, author of interior design book “Australian Designers at Home.” Jenny currently lives in Australia by way of South Africa and first started her blog “The Lime Walk” as a way of documenting her life in a new country and keeping in touch with her friends and family. Among the topics she shares with her international followers is her love of gardening, her exciting travels and the renovation projects she carries out with her husband, Michael – including the development of her own new home.

author jenny rose innes

I had the chance to ask Jenny a few questions about this home, and what life in the country is like for her.

What part of the world are you in, and how would you describe this part of the country?

Our house is two years old and is located in The Southern Highlands New South Wales, Australia. We originally lived on the property next door! We wanted to buy this property – the one we live on now – except it had a very old, ugly house on it. After making an offer, we planned to develop the house for sale as we had no intentions of moving at the time. But in the end, we wound up selling our old house (the sale had the longest settlement!) to live in the house we were building on the new property. Fortunately, our buyers agreed to allow us to finish construction of the new house before moving out of our old. The new house took 18 months to build, and we moved in two years ago.

exterior view of country house with garden

Tell us a little bit about the character of your home. How did it come to you?

The house is finished in weather board and built on a timber frame. It has a classic American/colonial feel with an Australian flavour thrown in. The interior is incredibly detailed; our carpenters spent many months creating it from scratch. For example, the fireplaces were created from photographs! 

country style living room

Who do you share your home with?

I share the house with my husband, Michael, and our two dogs, Fergus (a Schnauzer) and Penny (a Shihtzu).

What is your favourite room or space in the home and why?

I have many favourite rooms – we use all of the the house every day. Our large sitting room links the kitchen/study/keeping room area to the bedrooms, so we walk through our sitting room many times a day. We also have an enclosed veranda, and I love this space as it looks directly onto the garden. I love to sit here and read, have morning tea/coffee, etc.

brick path leading to house

How did you create spaces for family life?

We sit in the sitting room in the evenings and watch television, and we also enjoy the keeping room – which is just off the kitchen – many times during the day, to take phone calls or to sit by the fire for a while in between cooking. My husband’s study is alongside the keeping room. He spends most of his time in there, so it’s nice the house feels connected.

sitting room with armchairs and a couch

How would you describe your style of decorating?

I suppose my style is traditional but not structured. I have a lot of things collected over the years, and I love putting it all together. I have used quite a few chintzes in this house, and I LOVE colour.

What is your favourite season at home, and how do you celebrate?

My favourite season is definitely autumn – I love the beauty of the colours! We don’t necessarily celebrate this,  although I love bringing branches of autumn colour and berries into the house when I can find them.

bouquet of flowers

Any special tips for creating the feeling of “home?”

I think “home” can be created by using old, worn objects. I love to use woolen blankets draped over chairs to make a room look cosy. I love antiques – not necessarily valuable – but old pieces that have been knocked about a bit – they add character and comfort.  I also love the sound of clocks ticking and the calm they create.

What does “country home” mean to you?

“Country home” to me means dogs, fires, warm colour palettes, good food, fresh garden flowers brought inside and views over the garden.

chest of drawers with bouquet of white flowers

You’re a successful author – can you tell us a bit about your book and how you discovered your passion for interior design?

I was always fascinated and drawn to interior design from a very young age. It was when I met some local Australian designers that I thought it would be fun visiting them in their own homes and writing about them. I adored the entire process and have now almost finished my second book, “British Designers at Home.”

interior design book titled Australian designers at home

Thank you so much for sharing your gorgeous home with me, Jenny!

Thank you so much for including me!

All photography by Jenny Rose-Innes.

I hope you enjoyed the peek into Jenny’s country home! If you’d like to see more, follow her on Instagram at @jennyroseinnes and check out her blog HERE.

For more on all things country homes and living – subscribe to My French Country Home Magazine.

Interested in being featured in my new “Country Homes Around The World” series? Let me know in the comments below!

22 comments

Tempie April 10, 2020 - 6:11 pm

This is one of the most beautiful homes I’ve seen. Could be because it is close to the way I decorate. Even the garden areas are so much my taste. Can’t wait to get the book. Thanks for a lovely morning post. I love everything you post.

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Jerry west sanders April 15, 2020 - 11:04 pm

Sharon , your ability to share and get us through these Coronavirus times , when we are all home you allow us to in vision your life and allow us to dream and to make the best of our times , with gardening ideas and home decor . Thanks you for stepping up so quickly to understand our world situation. Spreading cheer and sunshine n roses
Sincerely Jerry West Sanders

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Valarie Pagnini April 10, 2020 - 7:14 pm

Hi Sharon: I so enjoyed reading this blog and viewing Jenny’s warm and cozy home. Please continue “Country Homes Around the World” as it is such a treat to be welcomed into these beautiful homes.
Sharon, your creativity never ceases to amaze. Ideas must be twirling and dancing about in that genius brain! Yeah for all of your followers.
Wishing you and your family a blessed and happy Easter. Until we meet again….
Valarie P

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Ann April 11, 2020 - 12:19 am

I love everything about it !! Thanks for sharing

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Linda L Floyd April 10, 2020 - 8:40 pm

Hello,
Just lovely!! So inviting and very welcoming.
If you would like to see the country home I’ve created, Biddlestone Cottage in Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA, let me know. I have many pictures.

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Lucia Donahower April 10, 2020 - 11:05 pm

Hi Sharon,
Jenny’s home is beautiful indeed! She has wonderful taste and is a great Gardner. I have her book and it is beautiful.
Have a wonderful weekend.
Lucy

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Carole Fitzgerald May 9, 2020 - 2:10 pm

I love this book . I am a mad keen decorator . We have renovated our house twice . We physically built it ourselves nearly 40 years ago . I also have built 2 Bed and Breakfasts and an office for my husband. The B and bs are decorated with vintage furniture. I was influenced by our travels to France and Italy . Have a look at www. thestudiobb.com.au or on Instagram @caroleatthebarn a bientot Carole Fitzgerald

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Teresa Person April 10, 2020 - 11:38 pm

I just received her book in the mail yesterday… can’t wait to read it and enjoy each page of pictures…have a blessed Easter… Teresa Person

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Patricia Clifford April 11, 2020 - 12:33 am

I always enjoy your blogs Sharon…this one I found very interesting as I have recently (via a free month of Acorn ) been watching the Miss Fisher murder mysteries, set in Australia in the 1920’s…a favorite era personally. Keep up your work, it brings such beauty to our now quarantined world. Happy Easter !

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Myrna from Napa April 11, 2020 - 6:22 am

I love everything about Jenny’s Countryside Home. With all that’s going on in the world now, anything that takes me away…is a gift. Thank you!

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Nancy Brantley April 11, 2020 - 6:50 am

If you would like to feature my home I can send you pictures. Jenny’s home is pretty and cozy. Love you are featuring homes around the country.

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Diane Finocchiaro April 11, 2020 - 1:43 pm

where can I get the unique two tired glass vile flower arrangement display holder, just in love with it, and every picture says welcome and cozy…thank you for sharing!

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Jenny Rose-Innes April 29, 2020 - 12:35 am

Hello!.. I bought this from Sibyl Colefax and John Fowler in Pimlico, London. Jxx

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Susan April 12, 2020 - 2:38 am

Love your new endeavor and look forward to your monthly installments.
Beautiful home!

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Deborah Thomsen April 13, 2020 - 2:26 am

I loved this home! Perfect for two or a small family. I would like to see more of the sunroom. Please look at Orchardhill.com. We are in the countryside of Paso Robles, California. Our land is so pretty…I could send pics of the main house to you if desired. Thank you for the beauty you share. Serenely Secluded as well!

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Deborah Thomsen April 13, 2020 - 2:27 am

I loved this home! Perfect for two or a small family. I would like to see more of the sunroom. Please look at Orchardhill.com. We are in the countryside of Paso Robles, California. Our land is so pretty…I could send pics of the main house to you if desired. Thank you for the beauty you share. Serenely Secluded as well! Your submit is not accepting my email which is [email protected]

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Deborah McMillan April 14, 2020 - 6:45 am

Just when my interior design taste had gone a little to the industrial luxury chic way I suddenly feel by looking at Jenny’s lovely home like a warm cozy blanket has been wrapped around me. I like this.
Her house is so lovely and cozy and perfect for isolating. Nice gardens to enjoy. Looks so peaceful.
Take care you all. Be Safe
Debbie

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Katzcadul April 14, 2020 - 3:29 pm

I adore this gorgeous home. It speaks comfort in every corner. I could move right in and be perfectly happy.

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david terry April 15, 2020 - 9:06 pm

hmmmm…..the Langhorne place, “Mirador” (google it) is about two miles down this country road….between this old place and Charlottesville. I regularly wonder what Nancy Lancaster (her mother and aunts were all raised at Mirador; one particularly ambitious/bossy one eventually became Lady Astor, another married Charles Dana Gibson and thereby became the model for “the Gibon Girl”, and so on and so on…) would think of all the current decorating/blog articles and comment Of course, she (despite being not in the least British) basically invented the “country house” (with all its “Shabhy Genteel” and subsequent iterations) look. I expect that Cousin Nancy (yup….she’s a relation) would be very irritated at not receiving some sort of commission from many of today’s decorators. Nancy was,indeed, a wizard at (as one female relative of mine once said) “turning things into other things”…..samovars into lamps and mostly-rotted fragments of curtains into charmingly-draped bed-hangings, etcetera.

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Dj Rohrer June 29, 2020 - 11:15 pm

Lovely home. What type of rug is in the room with fireplace ? I have been looking for something such as this. Could you tell me manufacturer as well? Many thanks

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DGates October 3, 2020 - 2:39 am

We love the chandelier you have in your living room! Can you tell us where you purchased it?

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