A sweet little church house

While browsing one of my favourite interior decor / design blogs yesterday I came across this sweet little church house – yes, a house in a converted church! The converted weatherboard church dates back to 1880, and was operational until 10 years ago.

This lovely home is located 2 hours from Sydney in New South Wales, Australia and belongs to Elise Pioch Balzac and Pablo Chappell – a French fashion buyer (now creative entrepreneur) and an English industrial designer / inventor (now bicycle designer) respectively.

The pair purchased the church 5 years ago, but it was ‘a derelict weekender’ until they decided to make it their permanent home a little over a year ago and just before the arrival of their daughter LouLou.

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Not only does it’s history as a place of worship give the home an amazing character and wonderful design features such as arched windows and a steeply pitched roof with exposed wooden beams, it’s also located in a gorgeous rural setting!

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I adore the simple, pared down decorating style which feels fresh, relaxed and oh so welcoming! I am a bit of sucker when it comes to lots of white and wood with quirky antique touches so as you can imagine this would be a dream space for me…. What I would give for a sweet little church house of my own!


Images: Sean Fennessy

Producer: Lucy Feagins

Source: The Design Files

Kathryn Rossiter

Kathryn is a South African lifestyle blogger and mom of 2 who has been blogging daily for over 9 years! She writes about travel, health, beauty, fashion, decor and family... but not food (unless it's food she's eaten made by someone else) as she is a hopeless cook. She only wakes up early for 2 things... a red-eye flight to somewhere exotic and early morning game drives. She has just finished an extensive home renovation and would prefer to never see another box again. She's never met a chocolate or glass of bubbles that she didn't like!

1 Comment
  1. Hi bryanBelieve it or not we met back in the mid nineties at a chruch called Network Church in High Point NC.You were a blessing then and I know the Lord brought you to my mind today. You were so down to earth. I own a radio station now in Hamilton Texas. The radio station is a classic country format. I do a live program on Sundays at 7:30 called Speaking recovery. Its a recovery based program, kinda like a meeting on the air. Anyway i’ll be in touch, maybe we can break bread together again. Tim

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