Owners of art and stationery brand Blacklist have filled their family home with fun and love, and, of course, plenty of art
JAYNIE AND NATHAN JOHNSON, FOUNDERS OF SYDNEY DESIGN STUDIO, BLACKLIST, AND THEIR THREE CHILDREN, WILLOW, SEVEN, DARE, THREE, AND ROCKO, 12 MONTHS. BLACKLISTSTORE.COM.AU | @BLACKLISTSTUDIO AND @BLACKLISTSTORE
A HOME WHERE HOPE REIGNS AND LOVE RULES – this was the vision of homeowners Jaynie and Nathan Johnson when they bought their 1950s brick bungalow in the southern Sydney suburb of Cronulla six years ago. “We both grew up in the area and decided to settle here with our kids as it’s close to the city yet far enough away to feel like we are on holidays,” Jaynie says. But it would be a while before the family could fully relax. “The house was a total dump,” Jaynie admits frankly. “We got it for a bargain because no-one could see past the rotting cork floors, rooms painted different colours and internal windows. But we just saw the walk to the beach and figured the rest would be OK, and it is – it’s better than OK.”
CHANGING ROOMS Admittedly, it took the creative couple – who run art and design business Blacklist – two rounds of renovations to get there. “Before we moved in we gutted the entire house, changing the layout, combining two rooms to make one master suite, and installing bi-folds and the outside deck and bridge,” Jaynie recalls. More recently, the couple added two new bathrooms, a new kitchen and playroom.
PERSONAL TOUCHES “Our home is very open and reflects our lifestyle,” Jaynie says of the laidback, light-filled space. Art obviously plays a big part, with a constantly changing selection of Nathan’s Blacklist prints and canvases on display in every room, while the children’s rooms are playful and inspire creativity.
BACKYARD BLISS With an affinity for the outdoors, the family can often be found on the deck or in the yard, enjoying al fresco picnics, outdoor movie sessions, water play and impromptu concerts. “Our daughter Willow was in a speech competition, and the topic was ‘your favourite place on earth’. Willow’s was ‘My backyard’,” Jaynie laughs. “So we’ve decided to cancel all future holidays and just set up camp in the backyard while we can get away with it.”
HAPPY PLACE Jaynie says she loves sitting in the living room, “looking out to the kids playing in the yard. The northerly aspect is beautiful and it always makes me happy seeing our little family running around together.” The sofa is by King Living and the rug is from West Elm
IN THE FRAME Nathan’s Miracle Palm art print (opposite) is one of many Blacklist artworks displayed throughout the home.