Monday, January 23, 2012


A quiet corner to start your Monday gently. Have a good one.

(photo from the portfolio of designer brad ford, via creamy life by way of sfgirlbybay)

Natural Beauty

The warm and inviting Neika, Tasmania home of artist Mandy Renard, her husband Matt Holden and their sons Hamish and Jes is a fantastic example of sustainable living. Constructed from scratch, some of the house timber was harvested from the property while the rest was salvaged from a nearby cottage demolition. Working parties of friends and neighbours helped the couple build their house, and the result is not only low cost and eco-friendly, but with inspired design touches, too. The island bench in the kitchen is an old sideboard that Mandy’s grandfather restored, topped with a glass door from a Hobart bank. The earthen living room floor is sealed with a linseed oil and beeswax mix, while the sofa was a second hand store find, re-upholstered by a friend. And the fire hose window sign in Jes’s bedroom was recycled from a primary school in Tasmania’s Derwent Valley. Love how imagination and friendships resulted in such a welcoming family home. More here on homelife.

(photography by sharyn cairns for the january 2012 issue of country style)
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