Ho­ges star Nikki Os­borne’s happy home


THE 35-year-old ac­tor is play­ing TV pre­sen­ter/ac­tor Delvene De­laney in Ho­ges: The Paul Ho­gan Story (on Sunday, Fe­bru­ary 12 and 19 at 8.30pm).

Born in Bris­bane, Os­borne has ap­peared in Aus­tralian film Ned and was the host of late-night in­ter­ac­tive quiz series Quiz­ma­nia.

She is mar­ried to land­scape ar­chi­tect Jeremy Starr and they live in a pre­fab­ri­cated home on the Morn­ing­ton Penin­sula with their two boys, Will, 8, and Teddy, 4, and ger­man shep­herd, Kato.

“We have lived on the Morn­ing­ton Penin­sula since about 2011 and we love it,” she said. “We get to watch the ships on the bay go­ing up to Port Mel­bourne, and our prop­erty backs on to a na­tional park, so we get all the crit­ters, too.”

Typ­i­cal Satur­day morn­ing

We will of­ten bun­dle up the kids and take them to the back beach at Sor­rento, where they can get bashed around by the waves. I think it’s im­por­tant for kids to be ex­posed to the el­e­ments like that, just as long as they resur­face! And then I will get a chai tea take­away be­cause I am ob­sessed with chai. If it’s a nice day, we will head to the nearby beau­ti­ful gar­dens of Heronswood, in Dro­mana.

Se­cret do­mes­tic skill

I am pretty good at in­te­rior de­sign, which was a skill I learned from my mother. I prob­a­bly go for more of the mod­ern min­i­mal­ist look. Jeremy is ac­tu­ally re­ally great at in­te­ri­ors, too, and he of­ten takes over. Luck­ily, he has great taste but we do end up at log­ger­heads at times.

Sig­na­ture dish

Mar­i­nated lamb cut­lets with a nice salad. I am ac­tu­ally not a bad baker and I make a beau­ti­ful cho­co­late torte. In fact, I’m pretty good at fon­dant and I’ve made lots of cakes for friends’ birthdays.

Chill-out mu­sic

I re­ally like Top 40 hits, like Tay­lor Swift. Jeremy doesn’t share my taste in mu­sic. He en­joys putting on more lounge mu­sic, or point­less elec­tronic mu­sic. I like mu­sic with a bit of emo­tion be­hind it.

Hap­pi­ness at home

When Jeremy is out­side in the gar­den and the kids and I are jump­ing up and down on the tram­po­line. Ba­si­cally, when all of us are to­gether. We have made be­ing to­gether, and be­ing home, a real pri­or­ity.

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