After enjoying some weird and wonderful houses in New Zealand, we were delighted to see the creativity that our new friend Darak has put into his home at Cawongla. Unafraid to experiment, he takes natural materials and uses them as interior decorating features.

Darak and David, September 2011
David enjoyed a special time walking with Darak (and Calista) this morning and hearing Darak's visions for the property. Surely these things will come to pass!

Old dairy shed, September 2011
Darak has been living in this old dairy shed although he's now moved into a caravan, leaving the shed for the Masons to occupy.

Darak's style, September 2011
The seed fronds from palm trees are hung over a curtain rail, providing an interesting window treatment that acts as a substitute for fly screens. Darak says that although the sash windows are open all summer, the seed fronds confuse the flies and they don't fly into the shed.

Darak's style, September 2011
The top of the seed fronds remind me of antlers.

Darak's style, September 2011
Only one very long vine is used to make the wreath that mounts this collection of feathers.

Darak's style, September 2011
In a corner, the fat ends of palm fronds decorate the wall.

Darak's style, September 2011
A window is framed with contrasting, deep-grained timber, leading the eye to the picturesque countryside view.

Darak's style, September 2011
A colourful knitted jumper serves as a headrest on an old leather chair that sits outside on a covered porch.

Darak's style, September 2011
When Darak was given one day's notice to create a fence to hold a horse in the adjoining paddock, he used whatever he could find — including this beautiful wrought-iron fence that was originally intended to be used at a café in Sydney.

Darak's style, September 2011
An old fence post in the paddock is effortlessly transformed into a work of art with the addition of flat stones.

We look forward to coming back to Cawongla and spending more time with Darak. His oldest daughter is named Calista, which gives us a special bond — all the more so because David and Darak took Calista with them on their walk this morning!