Where do I begin…..

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Who knew it would be such a long time between drinks (posts), or that it would take over 18 months to get the internet connected at our new house (it’s still snail slow) or that I would enjoy living in the Southern Highlands quite so much. But it has, it did and I do. So after a much longer break from blogging than I anticipated, but thoroughly enjoyed, and after finishing our big renovation/decorating project and immersing myself in this wonderful Highlands life, while working on client projects in Sydney, I am back to share it all with you.

Welcome back to the blog. I’m so glad you’re still here!

Firstly, you should note that the blog is no longer called Georgica Pond, nor is it Georgica Pond Interiors or Georgica Pond anything. Those of you who have followed me from the start, will know the trails and tribulations I have gone through with the name and resulting confusion and frustration. But once my design business got into full swing and I began dealing with suppliers and a plethora of business people by email and phone, I can’t tell you how many times I was called Georgica, Georgia, Georgie, Georgeeca etc etc. I mean like hundreds of times. It was doing my head in and I realised that it probably wasn’t such a stupid mistake if I was honest with myself, after all nobody here has heard of that particular tiny village in the Hamptons, so it probably wasn’t altogether daft to assume it was my name. But what really annoyed me was when people who had called me Melinda for ages, suddenly starting calling me Georgica. I mean, what the? I couldn’t stand it anymore. So it turned out my husband was right, it was a silly choice and I have now reclaimed my business, renamed and rebranded to Melinda Hartwright Interiors. Simple. No more confusion, just me, my name, my brand.


Everything from Pinterest, to Facebook, Instgram, Twitter and beyond is now under my new name, so be sure to update your social media followings. Can I also suggest that you resubscribe to the blog (enter your email address on the right) as I don’t have a lot of faith in Feedburner converting the subscriber list to the new website name and feed.

Pinterest – melhartwright

Facebook – Melinda Hartwright Interiors

Twitter – melhartwright

Instagram – Melinda Hartwright Interiors

Website – www.melindahartwright.com

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Life in the Highlands is fabulous. We have wonderful friends, terrific schools, a great community and are enjoying every aspect of life here. The family are all well, children growing like weeds, loving their new schools and thriving in this country life. Charlie is soon turning 9, Poppy about to be 6 and Amelia (she calls herself Mimi) turned 3 recently. The kids have grown a lot as you can see, and although they missed the blue house for a long time when we first moved here, now that the renovation is complete and it looks similar to the old house, they are settled and happy. 


Tom is as happy as the proverbial pottering around his 5 acres of garden on the weekends, working tirelessly on creating a beautiful garden. He loves it.


We have had some wonderful holidays over the past 18 months, including a recent trip to the UK and Spain for family reunions of mine and Tom’s family. A highlight was staying at the amazing Babington House in Somerset, which I posted about a few years back. Such an amazing experience which I will share.



Tom and I will be celebrating our tenth wedding anniversary in November. We make a great team. We are excited to be going to stay at the new stunning Halcyon House at Cabarita Beach, designed by Anna Spiro. I’ll be sure to report back on every gorgeous detail.

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I have been working hard on a few projects in Sydney, and still doing lots of mini consultations. I’ll post photos as they are completed. It has been a bit of a juggle keeping up with projects and staying on top of things, while being a mum of three kids and fully involved in everything that’s going on down here, so I am now trying to focus work in the local area. So if you live in the Highlands and would like my help, I’d love to hear from you.


The renovation of this house was quite a major project and to make it even more challenging we decided (actually Tom decided!), that we should live in the house during the work, to be around to supervise and to save money on rent we would have paid. Seemed like a good idea at the time, and by the end of the it we were all wishing we hadn’t, including our builder who was very long suffering but said he would have paid the rent to have us out of his hair! But I do think it had its benefits and being around daily to keep an eye one everything, give instructions, make decisions, check on work and keep everything moving made a big difference. Our builder was brilliant and it’s the first time I have enjoyed the experience as well as the outcome. There will be lots of posts to come about every room and transformation but here’s a quick reminder.









One of the wonderful things about living in the Highlands is that we definitely get four distinct seasons. And as the gardens are predominantly designed and planted with European trees around here, you get a glorious show of colour and change of character with every season.




A few days after we got back from our trip to Europe where we had survived the heatwave and daily temperatures in Spain of over 38 deg, we woke up on a Friday morning to discover this had happened stealthily overnight. It was spectacular! The whole of Bowral was blanketed in snow, schools were shut, power gone, roads closed, the town brought to a standstill. So the kids made the most of the day building snowmen. Haven’t seen snow like this in the area for over ten years. It was magical.








We have named our house “Bathampton”, which is a named Tom chose because he loves the town Bathampton in England, near where his family lives in Bath. And it seemed like a good fit.

Here’s a little sneak peak of what’s in store when I introduce you to the new and improved “Bathampton” over the coming months.






Finally, I must say a huge thank you to everyone for your enduring and enthusiastic support of me, my work and the blog. Thanks for sticking around.

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