Heidi Daburger enjoys renovating homes - and has made a career out of it. Her success has been partly related to imbuing each project with its own stamp. “I want to imbed an authentic signature in each house so that it has its own style - from furnishings to architectural designer details,” she says. However, finding the pieces to create this look wasn’t always easy. In the end, Heidi had to set off to find them herself. “You have to go out there to find it,” she says. Over the years Heidi has found so many pieces - mainly in India and Indonesia - that she created a furniture and homewares store, Haveli of Byron Bay. It’s most recent manifestation is a holiday accommodation business, Haveli House, pictured above. 

Heidi's hope is that one day she will be able to combine her shop with a cafe. This would take her back to one of her former careers - in hospitality. She worked in both restaurants and events, as well as teaching. All the while, she renovated homes alongside her builder brother until she started to import furniture in 2009. Four years ago she focussed on Haveli full-time. “When you do what you want to do, it creates confidence and happiness, Heidi says. “So you know it’s right.”

Which five words best describe you? Loves being busy discovering and travelling.

How did you get your career start and what path have you taken since? Decided early at age eight that I wanted five careers - I’m doing number three! Travelling and buying treasures for Haveli.

What’s the best lesson you’ve learnt along the way? Attention to detail, be proud and accountable for what you do. It’s a happy feeling.

What’s your proudest career achievement? Graduating from uni as an adult - it’s a big commitment and scary. 

What’s been your best decision? Still searching for that. I’m sure there’s more to improve upon, but opening Haveli was a great decision. 

Who inspires you? Kids in my family - you get to see the good stuff come out and hope you’ve been part of that learning.

What are you passionate about? Chocolate ice-cream and creating beautiful spaces with history, art and authenticity.

Which person, living or dead, would you most like to meet? Go back and meet myself at eight just to have a chat.

What dream do you still want to fulfil? Cafe and home furnishings combined.

What are you reading? Tim Winton.

images courtesy of heidi daburger; photography and stying louise roche

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