Suzie Anderson is a talented retailer and stylist with a well-honed eye for beautiful homeware pieces.
Since opening her eponymous store, Suzie Anderson Home, in Moss Vale in May last year, her indelible good taste and Hamptons flavoured furniture, furnishings and flair have attracted a new clientele over the Wingecarribee River to the thriving Highlands town. ‘I’ve always had my shops hidden from the street front. In Paddington, I was down a little laneway. At Hopewood House the shop was in the old stables, and at Dirty Janes it was through a garden courtyard.’ (She still has a retail space that leads out onto Maureen Gardener’s gorgeous Potting Shed and Harry’s Bar.) ‘But having shop frontage in Moss Vale, with places for people to park, has made all the difference.’ Suzie loves finding and sourcing homewares from other countries and cultures, but will not be drawn on rumours around town she is set to open another retail outlet. For now, she says, Suzie Anderson Home is more than enough. ‘My partner David Condon and I worked hard for a year to create Suzie Anderson Home, and there were moments of doubt mid renovation… will people come? Luckily, we haven’t looked back and just love our Moss Vale location. Other local businesses and the supportive community have made the whole experience just so rewarding. There is great energy here.’
My name is Suzie Anderson
I live in… Bowral.
My life in five words is… Challenging, rewarding, precious, constant and curious.
The Southern Highlands has been home for… Nine years.
We moved here because… We fell in love with a wonderful old home, Hopewood Estate, and it did it up, which was a big job! We found the Highlands an amazing place to raise three children, and loved being close to Sydney and the coast within such a dynamic diverse community.
My three favourite things here are… My partner Dave, my children, my friends. I also love the many hidden country lanes, the creative and genuine people, and the lack of traffic!
Followers of my Instagram page see… A muted palette of classic relaxed interiors, and beautiful details that catch my eye.
When it comes to style, mine is… Classic modern with a touch of rustic to give a space soul.
I often get asked… Where’s the colour? I like homes to feel approachable, restful and comfortable. I add colour through textiles, art and foliage.
People who visit Suzie Anderson Home say… I could just move right in here.
I always take friends who come to stay to… The Burrawang Pub, the Gumnut Patisserie for an almond croissant, and the wine tasting room at the Centennial Winery.
The thing most visitors say is… Can we stay another night?
My special place is… In front of the fire at home with my children and partner, with a glass of wine, a cheese plate and a Scrabble board.
You shouldn’t leave the Southern Highlands without… An almond croissant (see above) and a visit to Dirty Janes in Bowral.
The Southern Highlands is such a special place because… It has just enough of what you need. Space, culture, nature, a range of dining and wineries, creative unique businesses run by passionate owners, and a community of people who love living here!