HOME TOUR | ARTIST JORDANA HENRY
This week we step inside the inspiring studio and home of artist Jordana Henry. Jordana (@jordi_pordi) and her partner Troy, moved into the Broken Head home 6 years ago and began a slow remodel of the 1970s farm shack. Jordana's vision was simple — to create a comfortable family home without compromising on the home's original character.
The main living spaces are open and bright with some classic farmhouse features including exposed rafters and VJ panelling that create a clean backdrop for their mid-century furniture and considered art collection. There is also a large timber deck (complete with outdoor shower & pool) that the connects the main house with Jordana's studio. It is within the studio that Jordana creates her abstract & colourful works.
Jordana is currently exhibiting a solo show 'Comb As You Are' at local gallery (which she co-runs with graphic designer Holly McCauley) Yeah, Nice.
SHOP THE LOOK
Ceramic jug — large | Linen round pendant in ivory — large | Cotton handloomed throw in clay/natural | Hemp linen dining chair | Grid stripe cushion in sand/natural | Book: Home by the Sea by Natalie Walton | White oak serving board — large
Who lives here & what they do…
Myself (Jordana), my partner Troy, our 5 year old Daughter Minty and our 1.5yr old boy Rudi
Safe, happy, family, rest, chaos.
My home story...
We moved into our home around 6 years ago, when I was pregnant with my eldest. The house was pretty much an uninhabitable 1970s shack.
My partner Troy, is a builder and had a very clear vision as to how he saw our family growing here on this land.
So we threw some paint at it, added some decking, re-did the pool and put a new kitchen in. Everything we have done has been done slowly as we have had the budget to do so...It is a labour of love and is continuously changing.
What inspired the design of your home?
It was all Troy's vision really....I just wanted to keep the integrity of the farm shack while making it comfortable enough for our family.
What are some of the biggest lessons you've learnt while creating your home?
Nothing happens overnight and at the end of the day our children will not remember how fancy our house is but the memories that they had here.
What do you love about your home?
Lots of things.... (there are also many things I don't love) but mostly, I love how it connects with nature. It is surrounded by trees and is situated high up so it feels like you are in the treetops. We don't have close neighbours so we don't have any curtains and really invite the outside in!
What do you enjoy about living in Broken Head?
It is close enough to the ocean that we can hear it at night. It feels like you are away from it all but we are actually in very close proximity to shops and work, etc.
What does simple living mean to you?
Living within our means. To be honest, I am not sure I would say the way we live is classified "simple" in comparison to many, I feel very privileged to live where and how we do. However to enjoy the simple things in life is to enjoy the things that come freely — my kids in the garden, days on the beach, dinners outside and lots of making memories.
If you were to have a spare free morning, how would you spend it?
Coffee and breakfast on the deck with the fam, beach, then home for a long lunch with friends.
What are three words that best describe you?
Confused, Spontaneous, Emotional.
What book can you recommend?
I can recommend a million but I just finished All My Mothers by Joanna Glen and loved it.
My 3 favourite products from Imprint House...
Seagrass rugs, large ceramic bowl and all the tea towels.
Photography by Lynden Foss