When 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.
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.
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.
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.
Luckily, 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.
I 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.
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.
I 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?)
My 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.
And 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.
If you would like to take part in this series, entitled Home, please email me at email@example.com.