ABOUT THE HOUSE
• The house exterior is painted in White Pepper with trims in Fair Bianca, and the interior is Sea Pearl, all by Dulux. 13 25 25; dulux.com.au • Tammy and Todd went to Salvage for the solid French oak flooring. 0407 633 408; salvage.com.au • Bathroom and kitchen tapware is Nicolazzi from Canterbury Sink and Tap. (03) 9761 4603; sinkandtap.com.au. The clawfoot bath is original to the house and they resurfaced it themselves, and the pedestal basin is from Schots Home Emporium. 1300 774 774; schots.com.au • White bevelled-edge subway wall tiles in the kitchen are from Olde English Tiles. (03) 9427 7677; oldeenglishtiles.com.au • The linen-covered sofas in the living room are from Coco Republic. “Things like our beds and sofas are modern because we want them to be comfortable.” 1300 000 220; cocorepublic.com.au
“My grandparents were dealers in Adelaide, then our parents. Mum and Dad moved to Tasmania to escape the heat, as it was too hot in Adelaide to French polish,” Todd says. “They had a shop in Clarendon, and then Richmond for 20 years. Since I was five, my brother and I were selling — we’d pick up Tasmanian pottery at markets, and put it in Mum and Dad’s shop. We’d go on holidays with our grandparents who were wheelers and dealers and pick things up, too.” Meanwhile, Tammy grew up in an 1830s house on the Derwent River at New Norfolk, and she too loved surrounding herself with old things. “Mum was always into antiques and we’d go to house clearances,” she says. So when Todd and Tammy started looking for a place to base themselves, they had already pinpointed the Derwent’s east shore on Hobart’s fringe as a convenient spot. The house they found had once been a music school and part of the side verandah had been covered in as a music room. The front verandah was most in need of urgent work. “You couldn’t step on it or you’d fall through,” Tammy says. “We took out about 15 gum trees in the garden, and we did the kitchen and then the bathroom.” The living area at the back of the house had 1960s windows, which they replaced with bi-fold doors. They also replaced the cork floors with lime-washed, solid French oak flooring. The lining board walls of the old music room were painted and it was turned into the ensuite for the main bedroom. “Tammy has made all the curtains and blinds, as well as the bedhead, with Belgian linen,” says Todd. “We did all the work on the house ourselves, except the plumbing and electrics.” When Hugo arrived, he moved into the former dining room. His wardrobe is a lovely old French armoire that came from The Drill Hall. “I was hoping we wouldn’t sell it,” says Tammy. Other finishing touches include a small English rocking horse, which the couple found on a buying trip. “The smaller ones like this would have been owned by wealthier families, who could afford to buy a larger one when the kids got older.” Other things, such as copper pots and pans in the kitchen and a taxidermy white barn owl in a glass case, displayed with old clam shells on the hall table, also came from buying trips. “We like natural history,” says Tammy. An oak dresser in the kitchen came from one of their early trips to Yorkshire. “We bought the Royal Doulton kitchen sink in the UK too — it was five pounds!” Some other pieces were purchased just because they fell in love with them. “We bought the French spoon moulds on the dresser on our honeymoon in New Zealand,” says Tammy. Since Florence arrived, they’ve completed their final task — landscaping the garden with locally sourced sandstone walls, banks of ‘Little Gem’ magnolias and a flourishing vegetable garden. Ironically, it also coincides with their imminent departure as they’ve just sold the property and will soon be moving on to a bigger house, with more space for the children. Nevertheless, it’s a move that will be bittersweet, Tammy says. “We’ll really miss this house.” The Drill Hall Emporium, (03) 6261 365; thedrillhall.com.au. Walter & Co, (03) 6260 2601; walterandco.com.au. To learn more about New Norfolk, see On the Move on page 56.
Tammy made the linen bedhead, curtains and throw in the master bedroom. LEFT A French antique cabinet in the ensuite is perfect for storage. FACING PAGE Hugo’s room is filled with rare treasures, such as the rocking horse made by Lines Brothers and a trunk that Todd couldn’t resist buying while in the UK. “It has a sticker on the side saying ‘Utrecht’, and that was where my grandfather was born,” he says.