Located high up in the treetops it feels more luxe retreat than home
A tree top hideaway in the beautiful Yarramalong Valley is where you find the multi-layered Natalie Walton.See our handpicked guides to Newcastle
We first met Natalie in 2017 at the delightful surprise that was Imprint House. The tiny homewares store, located at the entry to her Yarramalong property, provided a glimpse into the world that Natalie has crafted for herself.
On our second visit to the Yarramalong Valley not only do we discover Natalie's stunning treetop retreat style home, that she shares with husband Daniel and her four children, but news of her first book 'This Is Home'.
Situated up one hell-of-a-steep driveway and literally amongst the massive gumtrees the family's move from their Darlington home in Sydney was a very deliberate
one, Natalie says,
“We were ready for a change from living life in Sydney and when this house went on the market it just seemed perfect, I just love this house.
“Even when it’s pouring rain it’s just really pretty. From the lounge room windows, we can take in the sunrise and sunsets so there’s always something to look at, which is why we don’t have a tv screen.
“The house itself was probably built in the 80s but it has a very 70s look about it, with its slate floor and cedar panelling.
“One of the things I love most about the home is this wall which runs along the whole backside of the house. It wasn’t machine made and it was built entirely from stone, which I believe was sourced from down by the river. Nobody builds like this anymore.
“The owners prior to us made quite a few aesthetic and colour changes to the house, which we changed pretty much as soon as we moved in.” Think magenta
and teal walls and a 90s style kitchen…. eeek!!
“Otherwise I don’t think the house has changed structurally, we did put in a new kitchen, Daniel my husband built the bench top, added the wall panelling and installed some barn lights to make it look a little more country.
“I am a big believer in responding to the environment around you and I feel the kitchen is now more in keeping with the rest of the home and our surrounds.
You may be familiar with this pic if you're a regular to Pinterest, Natalie's pantry has had a whole lotta Pinterest love.
The downstairs area doubles as an indoor viewing platform with its massive glass windows looking out onto nothing but nature. Natalie’s interior touches
can be seen in almost every corner from the beautiful hand-woven wall of baskets, the black shell chandelier and that perfectly styled pantry which
Natalie laughs at saying “it was easier to create a pantry like this rather than repaint the louvred doors which were originally there".
Upstairs are the bedrooms and a very cleverly designed vent system that beautifully filters the warmth of the fireplace throughout the whole home.
“We’re constantly reconfiguring the rooms, at the moment all the kids are in the one room, which works most of the time.
“We made little changes, mainly aesthetic ones. When we moved in all of the rooms were really bright colours which I found too intense, I think mostly because you’re looking out into all this greenery and trees, which is busy, so I needed the interiors to be calm.
“One of my favourite things about the house is the view from our bedroom, you can lay in bed and wake up to those views and catch the sunrise or sunsets.
“It’s such a different setting to our home in Sydney, we were living in a terrace and the kitchen was situated at the back of the house, and as most families
do they spend a lot of time in the kitchen and our kitchen window looked directly onto a brick wall. I think that’s why we fell in love with this house
so much, it’s as far removed from a brick wall as possible."
One of our favourite corners, the perfectly lined up row of Aigle gumboots at the entrance to the home.
Another one of Natalie's projects, which sits at the entrance to the property is the tiny hut space which was stripped bare and is now a blank canvas for a possible new venture.