I first spotted a couple of pictures of the Ha’veli house in Byron Bay, Australia, on Kate Watson-Smyth’s blog, Mad About the House. She does a series of posts called ’10 Beautiful Rooms’ and a couple from this fabulous house were featured. I was instantly hooked. You know when you see a place and you just can’t wait to scroll down to see more/find out whether you can afford to buy it? That was me. I love the house’s rustic, yet contemporary charm, with tribal touches, which offers up the perfect blend of global style. Ooh, ooh and that’s not even the best bit – you can actually stay in this stunning property via AirBnB!!
Ha’veli House is the latest project by Heidi Daburger, director of the gorgeous interiors store Ha’veli of Byron Bay (well worth a sneaky peek for design inspiration – and for shopping if you live in Australia).
“Build a bedroom you can dream in, a bathroom you can float away in and the rest will fall into place” – Heidi Daburger
Originally a 1950s Bangalow cottage, Heidi decided to transform the space as a way of merging her two passions of scouring the world for exotic treasures, and home renovation/decoration, and the global glory that is Ha’veli House was created!
Ha’veli is Arabic for ‘enclosed space’ – a term that’s used in Pakistan and India to describe a style of mansion. On her site, Heidi explains that her take on a Ha’veli home, which to her means ‘a mini palace‘, starts with a clean, modern, white space – the best canvas to work off. She adds interest through intricate, earthy and tribal Indian and Balinese antiques, furniture and textiles, resulting in a home “that makes you feel like you’ve just walked up from the beach“.
Its interesting that my favourite globally-inspired homes all start off with a neutral base-layer – white/light walls, light flooring and lots of natural daylight. Remember this one, for example? I think keeping things simple provides the perfect base on which to add intricate details and textures, such as hand-carved wooden furniture or tribal patterns, without overwhelming the space and making it feel cluttered. That’s exactly what’s been achieved here. The house doesn’t feel fussy or contrived but it does draw you in, leading you to ask questions about where a certain piece has come from or what significance it holds. Love it!
The Indian and Indonesian details continue throughout the house, even into the bathroom, as you can see from the photo above. I love that it’s not overpowering though. There are clear influences from South East Asia, but it in no way seems ‘themed’ or cliche. And that’s a tricky feat. Hats off to Heidi for achieving such a perfect balance, although her ten years of experience in travelling, importing and selling such wonderful items, which she handpicks for her shop, have probably contributed to her keen eye for style!
In between drooling over this gorgeous house, I had a good nose at the items for sale in Heidi’s store. It mostly made me sad that to send the larger items to the UK would cost a pretty penny, but provided me with some fantastic interiors inspiration. With some stunning home accessories and furniture from around the globe, I highly recommend that next time you’re in Byron Bay, you pop in to say hello to Heidi and her dog, Honey, and leave with a few tribal treasures to take home.
As for Ha’veli house, I truly hope you’ve enjoyed this whistlestop tour of what, in my view, is a fabulous example of well-travelled style.
It’s given me some excellent ideas for incorporating global style at home – throw in some extra colour and I think this comes pretty close to perfect. What do you think? Go on and start the discussion below….
Happy travels, and shopping