An Heirloom-Filled Country Home in Australia — House Tour
Name: Louise, husband Brett and three kids
Location: Camp Mountain, Australia
Size: Approx 4413sqft
Years Lived In: 3 years, owned
Louise and her family have the best of both worlds: a lovely old home on a large block with gumtrees and only a 30-minute drive to the city. The old house suits Louise’s style perfectly, as her home is full of furniture from her grandparents, and finds from antique shops, thrift stores and local makers.
What I loved most about Louise’s home is the sentimentality that is found in every room. Every room has an element that can remind her of a family member, which brings so much more meaning to the spaces. Portraits of Louise and Brett’s wedding adorn many walls and corners, as well as family portraits with their children among artwork from modern Australian artists and thrift stores. Louise is a calligrapher and founder of Floralovely, specializing in hand-written stationary, and the home is filled with the same attention to detail as her handwritten words.
Apartment Therapy Survey:
My Style: Antiquarian, rustic, sentimental, country, floral, timeworn.
Inspiration: Antique furniture and curiosities, plant life, floral design, my family.
Favorite Element: I love that I am able to incorporate family heirlooms into our daily life. The fact that we’re still using these things and some of them have been in the family for over a hundred years is just so special. Those items are irreplaceable. I also really enjoy plants around our home; I feel like having houseplants gives life and energy to a space. If you ask my husband I think he’d say his favourite element is the old cattle grid, which is at the beginning of our driveway. We don’t have cattle obviously, but the area where we live used to be dairy farms so it’s safe to say it’s been there for a long time. Brett says that as he drives over the rattly grid each afternoon, he feels like he’s shaking off the work day.
Biggest Challenge: Cooking in the kitchen in summer time! It gets so hot in there and the way the house has evolved, someone built in the side verandah, which means the dining room is enclosed in the middle of the house. The kitchen/dining area of the house lacks airflow and natural light unfortunately. One day we’ll renovate the kitchen/dining/living area!
What Friends Say: That our home has a “great feel” to it. I take it to mean our friends and family feel welcome and relaxed here, which is what we want!
Biggest Embarrassment: The linen storage room — go in there to find a fresh bath towel and you might never find your way out! Oh and our poor old couch! It’s not nice to look at (the couch cover always looks disheveled) and due to its age it’s not even comfortable to sit on any more.
Proudest DIY: Being busy with my business and young family, I haven’t done much DIY’ing in the last few years! The baby change table is a special one though; I re-painted and put new handles on it while my father-in-law made the custom-built top. And I do love the simple mobile I made for the nursery recently.
Biggest Indulgence: Our Kara Rosenlund print in the dining room. My husband and I both loved it when we attended Kara’s book launch and print exhibition in Brisbane in early 2016. There’s something about the quietness of the print. It’s peaceful and inviting; I just want to know what is in the old hut!
Best Advice: Don’t buy items for your home because they are “on-trend.” Buy them because they fit your style. And add plants. Always add plants!
Dream Sources: I love sourcing items from antique and second-hand stores and supporting local artists and craftsman such as Peppermint Lane Designs, Cush & Co, H & G Designs, Susan Simonini, Kim Wallace Ceramics to name just a few! I also enjoy West Elm, Freedom, and Pottery Barn.
PAINT & COLORS
We’ve only painted the kids’ room — all other rooms we haven’t changed yet! But the kids’ room is Dulux, White Exchange Quarter.
Antique Singer sewing machine – belonged to great-grandmother
Crocheted flowers – Fleur Lyon
Table top mirror – family heirloom
Children’s Antique Ice Cream Parlour Chair – Bought by my great-grandfather for my grandmother as a child
Telephone table – family heirloom
Australian landscape artwork by W.A. Bingham
Rocking chair – Baby Direct
Moroccan Pouf – Cush & Co
Change table/drawers – thrifted, change table was added on top by Father in Law
Cot – Tasman Eco
Baby onesie – Mary Bobbin
Personalised pillow – Pottery Barn Kids
Blush pink cushion – West Elm
Geometric cushion, silver cushion, cot sheets, floral fringed baby wrap – Peppermint Lane Designs
Rug – DecoRug
Grey Linen Curtains – Pottery Barn
White Linen Curtain – Pottery Barn
Hummingbird print – Beth Emily
Sweet Little One print – In The Daylight
Ceramic Hearts garland – Kim Wallace Ceramics
Bassinet –Mothers Choice
Bedspread – Morgan & Finch
Patterned pillowcases – Peppermint Lane Designs
Rug – Gumtree
Bedside Tables – With The Grain Home
Bedside lamp – family heirloom
White chest of drawers – belonged to great-grandmother
Antique bedroom chair – Gumtree
Grey Linen Curtains – Pottery Barn
White Linen Curtains – Pottery Barn
Rug – Freedom
Light fitting – Beacon Lighting
Canvas Art – Urban Road
Toy baskets – thrifted
Boy’s bed – family heirloom – belonged to grandmother
Typographic pillowcase and geometric cushion – Peppermint Lane Design
Girl’s bed – Harvey Norman
Leather straps for shelves – H&G Designs
Ironbark shelves – Neal McCombe
Pear cushion – Moose & Bird
Silky oak wardrobe – Gumtree
Gentlemans Armoire – Gumtree
Antique trunk – great-great-grandfather brought it on voyage from England
Floral Heart print – Rifle Paper Co
Rug – Gumtree
Cushions – Peppermint Lane Design
Gold studded beaker – Elke Lucas Ceramics
Pink floral face artwork – Meredith Gaston
Kitchen table – thrifted
Kitchen chairs – With The Grain Home
Rug – Gumtree
Shelves – doily print plate – Kim Wallace Ceramics, small trinket bowl – Susan Simonini , white “paper bag” vase – Have You Met Miss Jones
Jute Rug – Freedom
Hutch – gifted from a friend (thanks Sal & Ash!)
Kettle & Toaster – Delonghi
Portable Speaker – BOSE
Small Ceramic planter (on scales) – Yesha Mac
White “paper bag” vase – Have You Met Miss Jones