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.

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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

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finding my dream home.

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Whenever I tell someone at work that we are building a home, without fail, the first question that they always ask me is, “Is it your dream home?” 

The rest of the conversation plays out like this:

Me. Laughing. “No!” I say.

Them. “Oh.” Awkward silence. “So, um … when do you think it’ll be done?”

shot0069_originalI wish that I had a better response to that inevitable dream home question. Truth be told, I find it such a ridiculous thing to ask me. It’s actually quite similar to asking a newly engaged or married person if their significant other is their soulmate, and acting disappointed if their answer isn’t a resounding yes.

So what exactly is a dream home? In my mind, it’s an idea that is either fictitious, or else attainable but only for that specific stage in a person’s life. Why? Because in the end, dream homes are fleeting. Sooner or later, we all want something different, or something more.

Now I can’t be expected to go into a rant every time that I am asked about this so-called dream home of mine. What I can do is summarize a few points that I have come up with in regards to this topic. So here we go:

shot0072_original1. First of all, I’m only 28 years old. I can’t even plan the next year, month, or week of my life, let alone my forever dream home.

2. Secondly, I’m the breadwinner. I’m not sure if that has anything to do with it other than I just like to keep reminding my husband that he makes less than I do. ;-))) I suppose what I really mean by that statement is that right now I simply can’t afford to build the perfect house.

3. Thirdly, my dream home (at least at the moment) would be quite unrealistic. To summarize, it would involve a very old and very derelict mansion. It would also be haunted, but with nice spirits and not evil ones. It would be filled with secret passageways, and each room would be incredibly big, dark, and not overly furnished. Basically, it would be modelled after the house from the film that I have been obsessed with since birth. The hill house from Clue

4. Fourthly, and most importantly, is the fact that I don’t know where I want my dream home to be located. Only twice in my life could I say that I actually loved the city that I was residing in. The others I either didn’t care for, or only grew fond of once I moved away.  Even though I’ve lived in Switzerland, Australia, and in 4 of Canada’s 13 provinces and territories, I have yet to come across a place that I want to call home for the remaining years of my life. 

It’s as simple, or not so simple, as that. 

What is your take on building or finding a dream home?

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Emory

  • Welcome, friends! My name is Emory. I am a wife and mother to three (two on earth and one in heaven). This is our life on the Canadian prairies.
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