Name: Rachel Burke, her husband Thomas and their dachshunds, Daphne and Daisy
Location: Brisbane, Australia
Years lived in: 3 years, owned
Rachel Burke has been on my radar since 2012 when she made a dress every day for a year. So it was certainly wonderful to step into her bright and colorful home that she shares with her kind husband Thomas and their two little dachshunds (who eventually warmed to me after a little coercing with some treats!). Editor's note: Since this tour first published, Rachel's craft book published! "Be Dazzling: Simple Projects to Make Your Wardrobe Sparkle" is available on Amazon right now.
In Brisbane we have plenty of homes that we call "post-war cottages." Built in the '40s, they adapt easily to modern living while still retaining character. The first thing Rachel and Thomas did when moving into their post-war cottage was to paint the walls a neutral color to balance out the colorful collection of decor.
Rachel works full time as a womenswear designer, and her husband Thomas is a lawyer. In her spare time, Rachel is a mad crafter, and fills her days with many projects that she is working on, either personal or commissioned. Most excitingly, she has a book featuring their dogs coming out this month.
Apartment Therapy Survey:
My Style: Colourful, eclectic, vintage
Inspiration: We try to draw inspiration from our travels and focusing on the things we love. I love having an eclectic mix of things and artwork everywhere I look — I want the house to feel lived in and like a real reflection of who we are. I keep a lot of visual diaries and mood boards around…and I feel like our house is like one of these diaries come to life!
Favorite Element: I love the ceilings that have the plaster motifs on them and also how decorated our walls are getting!
Biggest Challenge: Trying to find the balance between being tidy and having lots of knick knacks…
What Friends Say: It's very "us."
Biggest Embarrassment: Our messy laundry and the "poo" path outside…where the dogs do their "business."
Proudest DIY: The paintings I have sprinkled throughout the house!
Biggest Indulgence: Our mint green, vintage cabinet.
Best Advice: More is more!
Dream Sources: Dusen Dusen (gimme it all!)
PAINT & COLORS
Dulux – Lamb's Ear Green
Dulux – Ice Blue
Assorted Cushions — Arro Home
Decorative Corn Cob— Third Drawer Down
Planters — Arro Home
Sofa — Harvey Norman
Crochet Blankets — Vintage
TV Unit – Vintage Parker Furniture
Coffee Table/Drawer/Stand – Vintage
Pink Jelly Hanging Basket – Nook
Artwork — Mix of artists!
Multi-colored Table/chairs – Wooloongabba Antique Centre
Multi-colored planter – West Elm
Mint Green Cabinet – Vintage
Mint Green Stand – Vintage
Monstera Plant – Mappins Nursery
Wicker Planter – The White Bungalow
Sewing Table – Vintage
Record Player – JB HI FI
Record Baskets — Vintage
Green Cabinet – Ikea
Canisters/Ceramics/Ornaments — vintage
Acrobatic Girl Artwork – Caitlin She
'Spoon' Print – Lauren Carney
Bed/Set of drawers – Freedom Furniture
Standing Jewellery Box – Vintage
Floral Bedding – Karen Walker Home
Green Curtains – Freedom Furniture