ABOUT THE HOUSE

Country Style - - LINDISFARNE TASMANIA HOME -

• 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.

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