If you have a love of interesting pieces, you enjoy furniture with a rich history, or you have a unique vision and style for your home, Objects of Interest is the store for you. From inside to out we specialise in special finds that make a statement, giving an insight into the people who chose them.
We source pieces from all over Australia and Europe - particularly France and Italy - with an eye for quality building materials and skilled craftsmanship. Search through rustic, country and European style pieces, keeping a lookout for our stunning industrial pieces that had a previous life and have been reinvented for today’s living. After all, a beautiful home should be lived in and enjoyed, not just be there for show.
Objects of Interest is the result of Cynthia Pohio’s passion for sourcing wonderfully unique pieces and finding homes for them with people who appreciate their beauty. Growing up in Tasmania where antiques and beautiful old buildings were abundant, she found a love of collecting and restoring antiques from a young age.
At the young age of 21 Cynthia bought a cottage built in 1880 and set to work renovating it on her own. Her love and experience with all natural materials only continued to grow.
“I love all natural materials… stone, timber and iron, and the patina that comes with age. There is nothing more beautiful than a piece of timber or stone worn smooth with age.”
This passion drew Cynthia to the decorating industry where she has worked since the 1980s, managing the first Laura Ashley store in Brisbane in 1984, back when Laura Ashley herself was still a part of the business. In the early 90s she ran an antique and home wares store in the stunning Blue Mountains.
While working in the decorating industry she has also kept up her own personal projects. Cynthia designed her current home and recently oversaw the building of her delightfully French styled barn. For years she has been developing a formal garden with a European flair, making use of convict sandstone from around Australia, iron work from Europe, and sourcing old iron gates from an old convent in Adelaide.
Cynthia has put a lot of time, thought and effort into her home’s individual style, and endeavours to find unique pieces so you can develop your home’s personal style.