I’m so excited to share some progress from my new home in Tasmania. For those of you new here, I’ve been living out of a suitcase for the past nine years. And I’m sure none of you are surprised that it took a global pandemic for me to settle down and start to put down roots. But alas! I’m having the time of my life. In fact, being in one place is working wonders for me (more on that later).
I bought my house late last year when the pandemic was in full swing. I became stranded in Cape Town for the better part of last year, so I was excited on many levels to get back home to Tasmania. I found the house online while I was still waiting for a flight out of South Africa and I knew the instant I saw it that it was perfect for me. I know that sounds cheesey ~ but it really was one of those moments where it just felt right.
When I finally landed home in Australia in October, I had almost four weeks in quarantine before I could move into my new home. There were two weeks in Sydney in a hotel and another two weeks on the agenda when I landed back in Tasmania, as each state in the country had its own rules and regulations. Thankfully my second stint of quarantine was cut short and I moved into my house in mid-November.
The photo above is me the week before I left Cape Town. I was a shell of myself. And if you want to know the back story to the whole debacle, you can find me writing creative essays on Patreon.
Back to my living room!
My house is located in my hometown, where I spent most of my life growing up. The house was renovated before I moved in, so much of the hard work was already done. So before you ask me the paint colour codes or who did the moulding on the walls, I must apologise for not knowing! All of the renovations were completed before I moved in, save for the garage (which I’m converting into a gym) and the tennis court (that will soon be a garden/veggie patch oasis).
My love for interior design runs deep. If I really think about it, I probably developed a love for interiors throughout my years travelling and living in hotels. I have been (incredibly) fortunate enough to stay at more than 300 of the world’s leading luxury hotels. You can check out my favourite hotel stays here on my travel blog World of Wanderlust.
Having stayed at so many incredible hotels, I realised there is such a strong connection between design and how it can inspire you. I see design as a way of transporting myself to a feeling or emotion. If I am inspired by spaces, I am inspired in my own creative pursuits. And for me creating a beautiful living room was integral to ensuring every time I walked in that front door it felt not just like home but like me. A house truly is not a home unless it reflects its owner(s). And as I was newly single and ready for the next chapter of my life, I got to make every decision down to the overpriced fruit bowl (ha!)
Glassware: Sunday Lane
Dress: Skylar Midi by Revolve
Coffee table: Arena by En Gold
Buffet cabinet: West Elm (sold out)
Gold mirror: West Elm
Small plinth: En Gold
Pleated lamp: En Gold (sold out)
Artwork: Personal Space by Clare Dubina
Books: Kinfolk Entrepreneur, Monocle Guide to Business, Cereal Guides