No Place Like Home

  • When Harcrest resident, Cathie Peries, snapped a few shots on her phone of the community’s outdoor cinema one evening, little did she think it would win her a whole new home makeover.

    The overwhelming response from residents to the recent ‘What I love about Harcrest’ Instagram photo competition shows just how much people love living in this vibrant new Victorian community. The team was inundated with entries after residents were asked to post their favourite photo to Instagram showing what makes Harcrest such a great place to live.


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    Picking a winner was an extremely tough decision – and the judges were thrilled by all the great shots that were posted with the hashtag #iloveharcrest.

    As the entries show, it’s a community where food is a passion, given all the great photos sent n featuring breakfast, lunch and dinner. Photos of kids having a fun time in the neighbourhood also feature prominently in the images – if you’re growing up in Harcrest, it’s more than likely you’re having a wonderful childhood. 

    We eventually settled on Cathie Peries’ photo of all the residents enjoying a film at the outdoor cinema as the winning image. The Peries have lived at Harcrest since August 2013. Cathie and her sports physiotherapist husband Sriyan even brought their first child, baby Jude, back home there in January after he was born.

    Cathie explains what they love about Harcrest is the parks, community garden and cafes.

    “But most of all we love the friendships we’ve developed within our neighbourhood.”

  • Over the last 18 months the Peries have put a lot of work into designing, furnishing and decorating their beautiful house and garden. The $2,000 Freedom Furniture gift voucher they won as their prize has come in very handy.

    “While we had already bought the big ticket items for our master bedroom like our bed and dresser, we have now been able to finish the room and style the reading nook I’d always wanted,” says Cathie.

    The Peries received help with styling from The Block’s Josh and Jenna as part of their prize. “By having them come to our house, they could see our personal style and help us shop for items, which added a professional touch to the look we were going for,” Cathie says.


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    “They were able to show us how to add depth and colour to a room to make it our own personal space without becoming cluttered. They gave us great tips on how to bring colours and textures together in the one room with the use of cushions, artwork and rugs,” she adds. 

    The Peries received an added bonus because they were able to use their Freedom voucher while its sale was on. “We were able to buy a couple of armchairs, a side table, cushions, throw rugs, vases and candles.”

    The result is a stylish, modern and elegant feel in the Peries’ home. Says Cathie: “Starting with the original build, we have designed our house in a very classic and understated style. Each of the bedrooms has been given a little more personality and for our master bedroom we’ve gone with a slightly nautical look.”

    The effect is quite stunning, thanks in no small part to the finishing touches and the attention to detail they were able to achieve with their prize.

  • This article first appeared in The Right Place by Mirvac Winter 2015 magazine.

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