home: a creative australian abode (i can do that!)

Photo 5When I wrote that I wanted to feature places from around the world in this new series, I wasn’t kidding. Today, I am happy to bring you an eclectic and lovely home all the way from Australia. Tamara’s blog, I Can Do That!, is pretty much a go-to for any DIY enthusiast. Not only does she attempt to handcraft pretty much everything that you can think of, but she’s also an “optimist, a feminist, an equality-ist, a do-what-you-love-and-be-proud-of-it-ist.” If that isn’t reason enough to give her a follow, then I don’t know what is.


Photo 11. Where is your home located?

The place that I call home is Melbourne, Australia. Melbourne is a cosmopolitan city that is particularly famous for having amazing restaurants and unpredictable weather.

The suburb where I live was settled in the late 1880s, and has leafy streets lined with plane trees and bluestone gutters, as well as lots of parks and English gardens. It has a more British feel than other parts of Melbourne, but there are still plenty of gum trees and Australian natives around.

Photo 4Photo 22. What are your thoughts on the idea of ‘home’? 

I’ve lived in 10 houses and three countries to date. Maybe because of that, I have struggled to really connect to the idea of any one place being ‘home’. I can’t say that I’ve ever felt a really strong bond with any particular house I have lived in (although after two years in my current home I’m starting to get very attached). Rather, I feel at home when I am with my family and my partner. I also feel a sense of belonging when I am surrounded by some of the things that are special to me – my books. I love to collect books of every genre; firsthand, secondhand, you name it. There are books in every room of our home, and just looking through their pages always makes me feel at home.

Photo 103. What kinds of things influence your design style?

Buying a house with my partner has opened up a whole range of design possibilities that I had never before considered. All of a sudden we had a space that was completely our own – a blank canvas.

Photo 11Photo 9Luckily, we agree on a lot of things, design-wise. We both love second-hand and antique pieces, and this theme permeates our style. Most of our furniture (save for our bed and couch) is second-hand, thrifted or up-cycled, and we love it. So many of the things in our home carry special memories of where we found them.

Photo 8I have always loved creative pursuits, and the majority of our artwork (if you want to call it that!) is homemade. This brings me such a sense of happiness and fulfillment, because I love the feeling of being able to express my personality, our relationship, and the sense of ‘home’ through the way we decorate. No one is ever going to confuse our home for a display home, but you know what? I am totally ok with that.

Photo 134. What do you consider to be one of your favourite items in your home? What could you never live without?

As I mentioned above, my collection of books is something that I treasure deeply and would hate to be without. Sometimes I will sit in front of my bookcase, looking through books I love, reorganizing or just admiring, and it brings me a deep sense of peace.

Photo 15I love our kitchen too. I spend a fair amount of time in there, because I truly enjoy cooking. It’s spacious and laid out really well, with plenty of bench room to spread out on. Cooking for my friends and family is one of the joys of my life. I come from a family of passionate food and wine lovers – you may have noticed some of our wine-related décor in the photos. (We also have a fair amount of cheese related things – it’s the small things in life, you know?)

Photo 17My bed is – of course – a favourite location of mine (I really enjoy sleeping). The rainforest panorama over our bed is something that we bought right after we moved in; I love the sense of depth it brings to the room.

Photo 18And what bed is complete without a resident cat? This is Lara, our birman, who is 14 years old and has also lived in three countries. She’s sitting right next to me as I write – pets really make a house into a home.

Photo 19To me, the most important aspect of our home is that it is ours. It reflects us, together and separately, and it is a haven. The three of us – Mario, cat and I – make our home into something special.

Photo 12Tamara



If you would like to take part in this series, entitled Home, please email me at helloscarlettblog@outlook.com.

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  1. Reblogged this on nine apple trees and commented:
    Check out this series on Hello Scarlett. We’ll be next month’s installment (this month? anyway it should be posted around the end of June).

  2. Jacinta

     /  05/28/2015

    Beautiful looking house. It looks even better in real life :) Glad to see someone else appreciating all of Tamara’s amazing talents. Loved the post Emory.

  3. G

     /  05/26/2015

    What a great home! I particularly like the barrel in the living room:) great taste!!!

  4. Emory, thank you so much for letting me be a part of your Home series! It was so fun taking the photos, and your questions really made me appreciate how much my home means to me. Plus it forced us to clean the whole house, so you know, win-win.

    And thanks to everyone who has left such lovely lovely comments about our home! It means the world to me, thank you <3

  5. OMG this is fantastic!!!!

  6. Reblogged this on Divineveggiemama and commented:
    Reblogging this to save it to my files and my blog. This house is amazing, take a look at how creative, crafty and artistically efficient this person is. I want those burlap Lavender things, the “book” ends, and that Love wall with all of my pictures, well done Tamara, well done! Oh, I have also decided I need a house cat. Bam. Done. My Bestie, Shoy would love this house :)

  7. OMGosh! Sooo many thoughts and design ideas are pulsating through me right now! Thank u for this post because I have had Home Deco-rexia for years, but this just opened the flood gates to crafting, crafting, crafting. I love this house!!!! House-gasm!

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  • Welcome, friends! My name is Emory. I am a wife, mother of two (one earthside and one with the angels), and an animal rescuer. This is our life on the Canadian prairies.
    email: helloscarlettblog@outlook.com

  • Man, did Remy and I have a standoff this morning. All because she didn’t want to wear socks with her boots. She threw a massive tantrum, and I yelled at her. Afterwards, we went for our walk and everything was back to normal. That is, aside from her puffy eyes and tear-stained face. My poor girl. Parenting can be so hard sometimes. Thank goodness for children being so resilient. 
That disaster behind me is nearly gone. We’re currently installing the last of our kitchen shelves, and our new sink arrived this morning. I’m excited to have a less cluttered spare room!
Have a wonderful week, everyone. This room has not yet been touched by us. It is our master bedroom. Everything about it (aside from our furniture) is exactly the same as when we purchased our home. I think that if we do list in the near future, it will be the only room in our house that we did not renovate. Part of me wants to stay just to finish it. A small part.
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