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Artist Ni­cola Hart decks the halls of her bright Syd­ney cot­tage.

Ceram­i­cist and painter Ni­cola’s bright cot­tage on Syd­ney’s lower north shore is a vis­ual treat shared with her hus­band Grant, sons Luka, Will and Josh, rag­doll cat Chloe and Honey the cavoo­dle.


Paint­ings Both works of mine: The

Light­ness of Spring [on ta­ble] and Pink Blooms. China The Wedg­wood teapot, milk jug and sugar bowl were spe­cial gifts from Grant. I team them with vin­tage teacups found in an­tique stores. Ta­ble Made by Grant for my stu­dio space. Chairs

From Early Set­tler. Ce­ram­ics Those are my own hand­made wares on the shelves. Jugs The blue jug came from a sec­ond­hand store; I bought the pink one on a trip to Taupo, New Zealand, as a me­mento of our time there. Paint brushes Col­lected from art stores over many years.


Christ­mas shop­ping des­ti­na­tion? The Lost and Found Depart­ment in Ar­tar­mon has a gor­geous se­lec­tion of home­wares and vin­tage finds, al­ways dis­played beau­ti­fully. What’s your favourite Christ­mas

tra­di­tion? I al­ways like to make a ginger­bread house. My youngest, Josh, now helps me dec­o­rate it. What are some other Christ­mas

ac­tiv­i­ties in your fam­ily? One of my favourite parts of the sea­son is dec­o­rat­ing the house and the Christ­mas tree. I pur­chase new or­na­ments for it ev­ery year.

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