Kim and Joel couldn’t go past the char­ac­ter and lo­ca­tion of this Vic­to­rian prop­erty, and quickly made it their new fam­ily home.

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The Ni­cholls fell in love with the char­ac­ter of their new prop­erty and couldn’t wait to turn it into a proper fam­ily home.

“WE IN­STANTLY FELT AT HOME when we found this prop­erty. We had been liv­ing in the city and were not en­joy­ing it any­more. Ella and Jack were about to start school and we were crav­ing a big change. With­out any fam­ily or friends on the Penin­sula, it seemed like a big risk at the time, but we re­minded our­selves that the city would al­ways be there if we wanted to go back.


Joel and I loved this house as soon as we set foot in it; it’s on a big block sur­rounded by gums and gar­dens, with a view over the bay and not a neigh­bour in sight. The stone wall in the liv­ing room and plan­ta­tion shut­ters along the north side give the house a Hamp­tons feel. The cream walls and tim­ber are el­e­gant, and the neu­tral tones are re­lax­ing and so­phis­ti­cated.


This year, our Christ­mas tree is in the more for­mal liv­ing area, where we sit and re­lax as a fam­ily, rather than the busier din­ing/kitchen area, which we all race through a hun­dred times a day. This will be our first time host­ing Christ­mas Day at this house. It’s ex­cit­ing to take charge this year. I love to buy a new cen­tre­piece for the ta­ble each year; it’s al­ways some­thing clas­sic and in the neu­tral tones I like. I’m not too sen­ti­men­tal with my dec­o­ra­tions. I care more about our tra­di­tions and lit­tle things we do to­gether – there are cer­tain recipes we al­ways make, and Ella and I al­ways get out the tree dec­o­ra­tions to­gether, and set the Christ­mas ta­ble to­gether, too.


We love en­ter­tain­ing out­side, and we spent a small for­tune on out­door heat lamps and blinds for the al­fresco din­ing area so we can en­joy the beau­ti­ful land­scape in the cooler months. The hin­ter­land of Red Hill, where we live, is known for be­ing a lit­tle cooler than its sur­rounds, so even at Christ­mas­time there are nights we turn the heaters on rather than head in­side early.”

DIN­ING Fam­ily mat­ters “A round din­ing ta­ble en­cour­ages fam­ily in­ter­ac­tion and con­ver­sa­tion. Our chairs from Space were a splurge, but we adore them,” says Kim.

FOR­MAL DIN­ING Pretty pic­ture

Kim’s wooden tree cen­tre­piece came from Pro­vin­cial Home.


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