House Tour: Jenny and Peter's Craft Cottage

Melbourne

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Name: Jenny & Peter
Location: Melbourne, Victoria
Years lived in: 21, own

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Jenny and Peter have lived in an old bluestone worker's cottage in Melbourne, Victoria for 21 years. The front of the house is basically in its original form and the back was added to create a kitchen and extra bedrooms. When you first enter, you realize the workers never left this cottage. Jenny is an artist working mainly with textiles, ceramics and found objects. The house is a maze of textures and colours - evidence of her magpie tendencies...

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The house is best described as a work in progress. Projects in mid-construction are all over the house, interrupted recently by the arrival of 7 week old baby Ben. The creative construction areas still exist, but now they have to share space with prams, baby rugs and bottles. There is a work life balance, it’s just being acted out in nearly every room of the house, as opposed to a single work room.

The fascination of this house is the details. The more you look at the surfaces and collections the more you see within them. There are some really nice ideas as well that can be worked into a less hectic interior like mixing decorative tiles within larger, slate ones in the kitchen. And the beautiful coloured tapestry hanging in the nursery is a great way to get a lot of colour into a room. We also loved the tiles framing the internal wall ‘window’. And of course the hanging artwork; we loved mixing the framed artwork with fabric hangings and 3D pieces.

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AT Survey:

My/Our style:Eclectic, hoarding, collecting

Inspiration:Life, travel, art, ceramics

Favorite Element:Space, open plan, lofty ceilings

Biggest Challenge: It was an organic process

What Friends Say: It’s always evolving

Biggest Embarrassment: The mess

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Furniture: Inherited, collected over time

Beds: Leander crib for 7 week old Ben

Artwork: Own artwork mixed with friends

(Thanks, Jenny & Peter!)

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Photos by Emilie

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