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