A blessed Christmas 2018 and an abundant 2019 to all !


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I’m so very thrilled with my new book ‘A Christmas Memory … Wroxton Revisited’ and hope that you will all love the revelations, sentiments and memories contained within.

Written at a time of healing and repair, when the blessings of life really needed to be counted to keep moving forward, this new coffee-table book is not only a revisiting of the Christmas season at my property ‘Wroxton’ – fifteen years after my first book on the subject – but also a recapturing of the essence and magic that was my much-loved national country decorating magazine ‘Australian Country Collections’. Chapters range from an examination of the true meaning of the festive season to ‘What Is Home?’, ‘The Entrance’, ‘Living & Dining Rooms’, ‘Food For the Season’, ‘Places to Sleep’, ‘Utility Rooms’, ‘Coveted Collectables’, ‘A Suite Of Trees’ and the Great Outdoors and Garden!)

It’s a returning home in so many ways, all in the context of celebrating that most wonderful and anointed time of the year … Christmas!

Filled with inspirations and lots of interesting curios and beautiful seasonal quotes, ‘A Christmas Memory … Wroxton Revisited’ is a true keepsake to be treasured for years to come. It’s about evolution and transformation; about the magic and mystery of Christmas, and the blessings that life holds within an ever-changing world.

To secure your copy of this beautiful new 144 page hardcover work, simply phone 0419 977 758 and order with credit card for immediate despatch. Or email rickrutherford@iprimus.com.au with your contact details and we’ll message you directly.

The price is $49.95. Postage anywhere in Australia for $12. Postage for two copies is $14.

What one reader said:

“I have just closed your book on the last page and my heart is still reeling. What an epic and monumental achievement! You have done yourself proud. Such a heartfelt journey, with the nostalgia of Australian Country Collection days in the detailed decorating and beloved excerpts, to the giving of yourself and your story; the blend made for compulsive reading. As a reader I felt you addressed the individual, not making hard and fast rules for decorating but providing encouragement to go with what depicts one’s heritage and influences. As a friend, I loved your frankness, not being afraid to show the real you now and then in print. I loved the comparison to now and then, the growth, the changes and the sentimentality. It is a feast for the eyes and food for the soul and I have not closed it for the last time, it will be revisited often.”

Only  a very limited number of ‘A Christmas Memory … Wroxton Revisited’ have been printed and the book is only available direct (not in stores) so get in quickly and grab this wonderful new keepsake which is sure to be cherished and referred to for Christmases to come!



To grab your copy of this hugely-collectable first edition, drop us an email to rickrutherford@iprimus.com.au, message via Facebook or phone us on
0419 977 758 (card or direct deposit)



An offer too good to refuse! BOTH Christmas books – ‘Rick Rutherford’s Country Christmas’ and the brand new ‘A Christmas Memory … Wroxton Revisted’ – for the very special price of $70 inclusive of postage and handling anywhere in Australia. Offer lasts  until the first book (A Country Christmas) is sold out as there are only a few copies left. The brand new second book ‘A Christmas Memory .. Wroxton Revisited’ is still available in good numbers and can be purchased on its own for $49.95 plus $12 p&h anywhere in Australia. Email rickrutherford@iprimus.com.au
or phone 0419 977 758 to order direct




  Images of Rick’s former heritage gallery in ‘Badger House’, Lawson  NSW at Christmastime 2018 below









Biography – Rick Rutherford

‘Who is this man’ I have often heard asked? What is his claim to fame? I aspire to no notoriety – I just have a passion for what I do and where I live, and am abundantly blessed to be able to combine the two, touching the lives of others in the process as I champion the cause of putting one’s heart into one’s home … to celebrate its true meaning and value.

When I set out to undertake formal studies in the area of journalism and communications many moons ago, I knew I wanted to ultimately ‘write country’, but exactly how, when and where were certainly unclear in those formative years. Once I gained my degree I launched into a career in public relations, took a side track for a few years in the rag trade where I had my own clothing label, and then came back to journalism where I wrote, amongst other things, a regional title called Farmers & Graziers.

A love of the rural way was thus instilled. But not so much a hankering to don an Akubra and graze 1000 head of cattle, but more a passion to pursue a career investigating and writing about the look that is so firmly rooted in the countryside; is inspired by the colours and materials of Nature; and is continually evolving, exciting  and vibrant.

Such a passion ultimately led me to conceive and launch onto the Australian market the hugely-successful Australian Country Collections, a magazine which held my attention, and my heart, for over 10 years and 39 issues! But if it’s true that with 40 comes a mid-life crisis and a hankering for change and new directions, then a mid-life magazine crisis was certainly had as I ultimately decided to face the new (and I’ll admit initially daunting) challenge of translating passion, skills and experiences to a fresh and exciting medium – the web. And so www.rickrutherford.com came into being.

Then in early 2005 my very own national title Rick Rutherford’s Country was launched. The bimonthly magazine quickly earned the same strong and dedicated following I experienced when running Australian Country Collections. To this band of wonderful readers across the nation and even in far-flung reaches overseas, I will always be indebted.

But life continues to change and is ever offering many new challenges. One such challenge has been the translation of Rick Rutherford’s Country from printed title to Australia’s first online country magazine. It has been an exciting new frontier to forge, and a new phase in life, as I have had the unique opportunity to reach a much broader audience across the globe.

The ultimate challenge however came about in late 2007 when I embraced the opportunity to finally translate ‘words into reality’ and establish Rick Rutherford’s Country – The Australian Country Collections Shoppe within a wonderful heritage building in Lawson, in the very heart of the NSW Blue Mountains. Then, at Easter 2009, a second store was launched – in the Blue Mountains famed heritage village of Leura. The two stores and the online magazine here have now become the main focus of my business activities,

My regular column – called ‘Along The Way’ – which appeared in Australian Country Craft and Decorating for several years has now been transferred to the website here (there are several editions archived here online for all to read) and another book and several other projects are also presently ‘on the boil’ for future development.

Indeed life is full, rich and rewarding, the greatest blessing being the kindred hearts with whom I continue to connect via the various professional interests with which I am involved.

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With the extensive updating of the online magazine here, I am eager for all your feedback and input. Do you have something to say? A house you would like to see featured in the House Tours section? Some poetry or prose to contribute? Maybe even a business or interest you would like to plug. Whatever it is you would like to share, please contact me via rickrutherford@iprimus.com.au and I’ll be delighted to respond.



Come Join The Party

There’s a party going on … somewhere! To be precise, it’s being staged at the Blue Mountain’s beautiful heritage country gallery Rick Rutherford’s Country, and the guests are being feasted to more than just a glass of vino or two!

During the course of midyear Yulefest celebrations, this year Rick Rutherford’s Country saw huge numbers of new customers flood through the door who were drawn by the breathtaking displays and wonderful atmosphere of this unique mountain’s attraction. And many of them asked if they can ‘stay and party’, so the gallery has responded with an invitation to all to come and do just that!

Due to so many requests from customers interested in visiting the store after hours – in the company of a group of their own friends so that they can all enjoy the hugest selection of wares the country store has to offer – an exclusive party plan concept has been launched.

It’s so simple. A customer organises a group of 20 or more of their friends and relations who want a great night out and they then book the date. We supply wine for the gathering and the hostess supplies the nibbles. All guests receive 10% off everything in the store in $50, plus the hostess is entitled to an extra gift of a $100 shopping voucher to be spent either on the night or at any other time within a year!

It’s a wonderful opportunity to explore the gallery and shop in the company of your closest friends and like-minded country fans, as well as having the chance to view and purchase – ahead of other customers – many of the new lines that come into stock. And, on top of it all, it’s the promise of a great social activity. If you would like to ‘come join in the party’ all you need to do is gather up 20 friends and call us … we’ll organise the rest.

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