the next gen­er­a­tion

AR­CHI­TECT EMMA TEM­PLE­TON TURNED THIS OLD COT­TAGE INTO A FAM­ILY HAVEN WITH A MOD­ERN EDGE.

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Not long af­ter she met Alex Mor­gan in 2010, Emma Tem­ple­ton clearly re­calls the first time she came to Bro­ken River, near Mans­field in north-east Vic­to­ria. “I first vis­ited the farm on our third date on an un­sea­son­ably cold May night. I re­mem­ber it well, as I wasn’t sure it was a sen­si­ble idea to visit some­body I had only just met in a remote lo­ca­tion, two and a half hours from Mel­bourne. I came in the dark of night, and woke up to frost and a lovely crisp early morn­ing. Who knew on that frosty morn­ing, that seven years later I’d end up with two chil­dren and a hap­pily ever af­ter story?” For her part­ner Alex though, mem­o­ries of be­ing at Bro­ken River stretch back much fur­ther, to his child­hood; of week­ends and hol­i­days on the 1600-hectare graz­ing prop­erty that his fam­ily has owned for more than 45 years and of win­ters spent ski­ing in the nearby snow­fields. “Alex has amaz­ing mem­o­ries here,” says Emma. Mel­bourne-based Emma is an ar­chi­tect whose prac­tice spe­cialises in high-end res­i­den­tial work, while Alex works in the finance in­dus­try. Now with two young sons, Will, three, and 10-month-old Arthur also in tow, their reg­u­lar vis­its to Bro­ken River fol­low a familiar pat­tern and have a sense of con­ti­nu­ity. While the main homestead is still in use by Alex’s fam­ily, in 2013 Alex and Emma took over one of the worker’s cot­tages over­look­ing the river for their own week­end and hol­i­day es­capes from the city. “Be­fore Will, we would come up each week­end with­out fail. Th­ese days we have made a commitment to be here at least once a month, and try to do twice a month. With two chil­dren we find it harder to make quick week­end trips...but the kids love it once we ar­rive.” The tim­ber cot­tage dates back to the 1920s, and was added to some time later in the 1950s. “This was the orig­i­nal man­ager’s house, and it was repo­si­tioned here from way up the val­ley a long time ago. It had sat here with no one in it, and Alex thought it could be a week­ender — and then I made it com­fort­able.” The cot­tage had a sep­a­rate din­ing and sit­ting room and “a se­ri­ously old kitchen with a huge fire­place and a tiny win­dow look­ing out to the view down to the river”, plus old vinyl floor­ing. The cou­ple lived on-site while the wall be­tween the din­ing >

and sit­ting rooms came out and the alu­minium-framed win­dow was re­placed by two cus­tom-made, dou­ble-glazed win­dows. The old vinyl soon came up, and coir floor cover­ings were laid in the main rooms. The kitchen was gut­ted, and opened up to a deck with slid­ing glass doors that frame the views of the big old red gums on the river bank be­low. “In winter the river fills up and there are lots of beau­ti­ful birds. Alex and I both love cook­ing — I like bak­ing and Alex does the meals — so the kitchen was im­por­tant,” she says. Cus­tom-made cup­boards line one wall, the cook­top has a mir­rored splash­back and over­head there’s a chan­de­lier that Emma bought di­rect from a Lon­don com­pany, giving the space a touch of glam­our. “The win­dows cap­ture the east light and the val­ley view. And with the mirror, I can see who is at the front door.” Next came a new bath­room and laun­dry. Like the rest of the house, the bath­room fin­ishes are un­der­stated with painted lining boards. “In my prac­tice I do a lot more contemporary stuff, but I do like things that have timeless as­pects to them,” says Emma. Here too mir­rored pan­els en­hance light and space, this time above and be­low the bath. “We thought it would be cost ef­fec­tive, and that Will would like to look at him­self.” Emma says. Th­ese days there’s no he­si­ta­tion about ar­riv­ing at the farm in the dead of night, the cot­tage is wel­com­ing all year round. In winter Emma loves to cook, knit and sew while at the farm, and looks for­ward to a time when Alex and the boys will be off to the snow. In sum­mer the deck sweep­ing around the side and back of the cot­tage is where they gather for meals and en­joy the coun­try en­vi­ron­ment. While Alex takes an ac­tive role in the run­ning of the farm, he and Emma also like to spend time in the gar­den or go for walks. “We bush walk to the state for­est, and get up into the rock pools that are part of the Bro­ken River. We dream about what we should do next.” For more in­for­ma­tion about Tem­ple­ton, tele­phone (03) 9419 2199 or visit tem­ple­ton.com.au

One of the cross­bred ewes on the 1600-hectare graz­ing prop­erty. FAC­ING PAGE, CLOCKWISE, FROM TOP LEFT Emma with three-year-old, Will; the kitchen fea­tures cup­boards to the ceil­ing, painted in Porter’s Paints Min­eral, and a chan­de­lier from Ochre; in the sittt­ting room, the sofa has been covered in Raoul Tex­tiles’ Zarape Stripe in Co­coa from Tig­ger Hall De­sign. The stools are from Cloud Stu­dio, with cush­ions from Nord Liv­ing, and the lamp is from Cult De­sign’s Porce­light range. The pho­to­graphs are by Alex’s other creative sis­ter, Katie Carmichael; the mir­rored splash­back and full-length slid­ing glass doors bring the view and light into the kitchen. For stock­ist details, see page 133.

This Bro­ken River prop­erty has been in Alex’s fam­ily for more than 45 years. FAC­ING PAGE, CLOCKWISE, FROM TOP LEFT The min­i­mal bath­room uses mirrors to en­hance the space and Laminex ‘Aqua­pan­els’ — wa­ter­proof lam­i­nate pan­els — in the shower. The Ro­man blinds are made from ‘Mali’ linen by Boyac; the kitchen opens up to the deck and the river flflats be­yond; the Agape ‘Ottt­to­cen­tro’ basin and the Du­ravit enamel and metal base fea­ture in the bath­room, along with tim­ber pan­elling; the deck, where the fam­ily spend a lot of time in sum­mer, looks out to the gar­den and is fur­nished with ‘Tio’ easy chairs and a ‘Tio’ triangle cofff­fee ta­ble from Luke Fur­ni­ture. For stock­ist details, see page 133.

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