Welcome to

Love of home – Where old houses are loved

Hello there, my name is Jodie Bowker and I’m the founder, lead designer, and face behind Love of Home!

I’m an interior decorator and window furnishings specialist with nearly 30 years experience. I’ve also been a three-time exhibitor at National Trust Home Shows, and decorator of some beautiful period homes in Melbourne and south-west Victoria.

An absolute passion of mine is older Australian houses and restoring these beautiful old homes to new days of glory. Going beyond the interior design aspects and really looking into the history of the home is important in the restoration process.

I’ve loved dressing up houses, making things, and creating things for as long as I can remember. My favourite past-times are talking about, reading about, and dreaming about … interiors, exteriors, gardens, decorating, anything at all that makes a house a home!  Love of Home brings all of that together and connects the professionals with the home-lovers and dreamers.

Love of Home is all about creating a space you can love and be very much at home … your space, your home.

What is my style?

Decor and Styling for Period Homes

A bespoke decorating and styling service for traditional, period, and farmhouse style homes – offering an in-home service in south-west Victoria and parts of Melbourne, and an online service elsewhere.

We love the history and homeliness that only an older home can bring and have years of experience in bringing them back to life.

Renovation Coordination

Renovating or restoring can be a NIGHTMARE! Especially when you are trying to juggle work, family, day-to-day commitments, and life in general! Add into the mix an older house that may not be simply “down the road” and the stress and difficulties of your reno project triple.

Love of Home know the pain of it – we’ve been there. We’re ready to take on the gritty project coordination of your renovation for you … whether it’s one room or the whole house, inside or out! We even have tradies that we trust and recommend.

Regional Victoria House Search

A move to the country (or a move within ‘the country’ is the dream for many people who have decided that city (or metro) living isn’t for them anymore, after all a change is as good as a holiday and if you can make it a lifestyle change as well, even better!

But, finding your new home in regional Victoria can be difficult when you’ve got commitments in the city or metro areas (not to mention the expense in paying for accommodation and travel costs) finding your perfect regional home can be downright exhausting! That’s where Love of Home step in and make the whole process simple: we find out exactly what you are looking for in a property and what you need; then we set about finding it for you! 

Window & Soft furnishings

Old house’s windows require special treatment that reflect the unique character and charm of your house. Custom made window furnishings fit better, look better, and are much better quality than the off-the-shelf variety.

We can help you with draperies, pelmets and top dressings, timber venetian blinds and shutters, roller blinds, roman blinds, sunscreen blinds, or stiffened lace blinds.

Soft furnishings are the ultimate in finishing touches! Bedheads, bedding, cushions, and even padded wall panels give your home the attention to detail that really make a difference.

 

Housewares and Homewares

Decorating your home or finding the hardware and decorative items for your renovation or restoration is a lot of fun, but it’s also time-consuming and sometimes that particular piece that you need just eludes you.

We have lots of connections and sources for old house hardware – we’re also more than happy to share our trade discounts with our clients where we can.

Our homewares ranges are specially curated to style and decorate the old Australian home. If you can’t see what you’re looking for in our range, let us know and we’ll try and find it for you!

Services Directory: Styling, design, decorating and more

Whether it’s styling your home for sale, you just need a second opinion on placement and arrangement, or you need a professional to do it all … we can connect you with the right person for exactly what you need!

Online Shopping Guides - shop with small Aussie businesses

When you’re looking for that perfect gift to give (or keep!) take a look through our especially curated shopping and gift guides. Packed with things for home, interiors, family, gifts and more from Aussie small businesses from bush to country to coast.

Shop online from home and make a real difference  to small Aussie businesses!

Online Business Support and Business Management Services

Hiring a full-time (or even part-time) assistant can be challenging for most creative businesses. At Love of Home you’ll find your perfect match in a Designer’s Assistant, a Virtual Assistant, or an Online Business Manager.

Experienced in the interiors and home industies we work with you on making your creative business grow – from specialsed admin support to writing your blogs and newsletters, we’ve got you!

 

Podcast - coming one day soon!

In the Love of Home Podcast we’ll be talking with industry experts about all the things that go to making our old Australian houses, a home!