This 1970s House Has Warm Timber Paneling and a Sunny Yellow Kitchen

published Oct 12, 2023

This 1970s House Has Warm Timber Paneling and a Sunny Yellow Kitchen

published Oct 12, 2023
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Freelance writer, stylist, and aspiring photographer Jessica Bellef says her home’s interior style has been greatly influenced by her house’s architectural style. “Our home is very much us, but it also has a life and history of its own,” she begins about the house she shares with her husband, Beau Sherrard, an audio engineer who teaches at a music college in Sydney’s CBD. (They also share the space with Charles Barkley, a 10-year-old scruffy mixed-breed rescue dog.)

"I play with the placement of pieces, whether it’s by sitting a larger frame on the floor and leaning it against a wall or placing smaller box frames in between books on a shelf," Bellef, a stylist, advises. "After artworks have been sitting in the same spot for a while, rearranging the pieces gives a space an entirely new look and vibe. It’s amazing how much influence an artwork can have on a room’s mood."

“It was built in the late 1970s by a man for his family, and he and his family lived in it until we bought it in 2013,” Bellef begins. “We had been looking to buy in the area for a few months and had a really good feeling about this solid two-story double-brick family home that was so obviously well-looked-after. It was totally original, and we loved everything about it, from the timber paneling to the yellow kitchen with a treetop outlook.” 

Bellef writes about homes, gardens, and creative people for print and online, and her book, Individual: Inspiration for creating a home that is uniquely your own, was published in 2019.

She continues to write about her own home’s story: “Best of all, it’s located in the Royal National Park, the second oldest national park in the world (Yellowstone is the first!),” she writes. “We were living in a cramped studio in Sydney’s gritty inner city before, so the idea of a comfortable home and endless nature at our doorstep was pretty darn appealing. You feel like you are a million miles from the city, but it’s only an hour’s drive away.” 



  • All rooms — British Paints “Tiger White”


  • Mid-century cabinet Vintage store 
  • Lamp — Temple & Webster 
  • Still life, artist unknown — Thrift store 
  • Baskets — Thrift store
  • Large artwork on brick wall — A promotional poster picked up from a Stockholm bottle shop while on holidays, painted over by me. IKEA frame.
  • Smaller artwork on brick wall — David Peddle


  • Red sofa — A hand-me-down from my Baba and Dedo (my dad’s parents)
  • Travertine coffee table — Thrift store 
  • Rug — Etsy
  • CushionsTemple & Webster and Adairs 
  • Timber and rope love seat, vintage Post and Rail (Australian made) — Thrift store
  • Wall and ceiling lights — Beacon Lighting 
  • Lamps — Thrift stores 
  • Plant table — Facebook Marketplace
  • Sideboard — My dad found it at a thrift store, and I added Anthropologie handles.
  • Chicken artwork — Kara Rosenlund 
  • Small painting in front of chicken — By local artist Graham Blondel
  • Blue and green landscape artwork, artist unknown — Thrift store
  • Print behind alcohol bottles — Joy Hester
  • Plate Tammie Castles 
  • Large abstract on wall opposite sideboard — David Peddle


  • Artwork of three men, artist unknown — Bought at a vintage store 
  • Timber chair — Thrift store 
  • Side table — Facebook Marketplace 
  • Small square illustration framed in white — Tammie Castles
  • Framed print of a man — Found in an alleyway
  • Framed collage — By me 
  • Wall of custom built-in shelving — Designed by me, and constructed and installed by Beau’s dad


  • The yellow table extension and chairs are original to the home.
  • Vase — Thrift store 


  • All original surfaces and fittings
  • Vases and fruit baskets and bowls — Thrift stores 
  • Moroccan barstools — Few and Far 
  • Pendant light above kitchen bench — DIY by me; light globe and cable from Creative Cables with a woven bowl turned into a light shade


  • Mid-century bedhead and frame — Facebook Marketplace
  • Artwork above bed — Thrift store 
  • Wall lights — Beacon Lighting 
  • Framed artwork on the floor by the bedroom door — A tea towel with a Camilla Engman print, bought from Third Drawer Down and framed in an IKEA frame. 


  • All original 
  • Vases — Thrift store


  • Tulip-style table — Facebook Marketplace 
  • Cabinet — Thrift store
  • Chairs — Thrift store
  • Bench seat — Temple & Webster
  • Lamps — Thrift store 
  • Man and women artwork duo — Gifted, framed in IKEA frames
  • Fluro green Keith Haring print — Etsy, framed in Thrift store frame
  • White shelves — IKEA

Thanks, Jessica!

This tour’s responses and photos were edited for length/size and clarity.
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