If you have a passion for interesting and unusual pieces of furniture, with a rich history and warm patina, you will enjoy the experience of visiting Objects of Interest. For both inside and out, we specialise in quirky finds that make a statement, and give that wow factor to your home. Our aim is to personalise your home with unique pieces allowing our customers to express their own personalities and style.
We source pieces from all over Australia and Europe - particularly France and Eastern Europe - with an eye for quality , aged patinas and skilled craftsmanship. Search through rustic, country and European style treasures, keeping a lookout for our stunning industrial pieces that have 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 for showpiece.
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, Opening and managing the first Laura Ashley store in Brisbane in 1984, back when Laura Ashley herself was still a major 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, a very European style home which would fit quite comfortably in either France or Italy, She oversaw, as owner builder, the building of her delightfully French styled barn which is now a BNB. For the past 10 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 , some from an old convent in Adelaide and even the railway. Her search has taken her far and wide but she is driven by passion for authenticity.
Many hours of labour and love have been put into creating this little piece of paradise. Cynthia is passionate about what she creates for herself and extends this passion while endeavouring to find unique pieces for her customers, so they in turn, can develop their own piece of paradise enjoy some of her treasures!