Em­brac­ing ex­otic

Every piece in this beau­ti­ful space re­flects its owner’s love of tra­di­tional sto­ry­telling crafts­man­ship

The Daily Telegraph (Sydney) - Home - - FRONT PAGE - Words Louise Surette More home­bytribal.com.au Pic­tures Chris Groen­hout

In a house full of boys there is some­thing to be said for good old-fash­ioned or­der. An­tic­i­pat­ing a house­hold of rough and tum­ble, Is­abella Pat­ter­son had the fore­sight to plan her ren­o­va­tion to make sure the end re­sult would help the house­hold run as smoothly as pos­si­ble, all the while still cel­e­brat­ing beauty.

“The house is full of lots of lit­tle prac­ti­cal things that I love,” says the Mel­bourne mum who, when she is not run­ning af­ter Rob­bie, 10, and twin boys Archie and Oliver, 8, runs home­wares la­bel Home By Tribal.

Those lit­tle prac­ti­cal things are plen­ti­ful and in­clude a laun­dry chute from the boys’ up­stairs bath­room, an in­door fire­wood box that can be stocked from out­side, and an in­di­vid­ual locker for each boy’s school bag, footy boots and all the other bits and pieces.

There is even a hid­den pull-down stair­case that leads to a small rooftop deck, per­fect for en­joy­ing the views on warm even­ings.

When Is­abella, with her hus­band, Scott, bought the brick Vic­to­rian-era house al­most a decade ago, it had a dis­tinct 1970s vibe.

“There was a lot of mis­sion brown with orange ceil­ings and cork floors,” Is­abella re­calls. “We thought it might be too much to take on but it had so much po­ten­tial and we loved the high ceil­ings in the front rooms.”

Af­ter liv­ing in it for sev­eral years, the cou­ple did a 10-month ren­o­va­tion, with a down­stairs ex­ten­sion, and an up­stairs ad­di­tion where the boys now have their bed­rooms, bath­room and rum­pus room.

A pool, put in just be­fore the ren­o­va­tion be­gan, is within view of the kitchen win­dow, while a tele­vi­sion hang­ing in the pool house means Is­abella is left in peace while the boys watch sport as they float in the pool.

But although the house is in­cred­i­bly ef­fi­cient, this prac­ti­cal­ity doesn’t im­pact on its stun­ning aes­thetic.

In fact, the seam­less flow and un­clut­tered spa­ces only heighten the drama of the ex­otic pieces that fill Is­abella’s home.

As the owner of Home By Tribal, which got its start as an on­line store and now also of­fers a Hawthorn shopfront, Is­abella has ac­cess to some of the world’s most beau­ti­ful hand­made pieces. Sourced from the sto­ry­telling cul­tures of In­dia, Africa and South East Asia, the pieces fea­ture tra­di­tional crafts­man­ship.

Is­abella likes to source nat­u­ral and tex­tu­ral items, from art­work to beaded jew­ellery, and her favourite piece at home at the mo­ment is an au­then­tic African ca­noe from the Zam­bezi River re­gion that makes a strik­ing decor state­ment in the for­mal liv­ing area.

“I like trea­sures in my house that tell a story,” she says, adding her pieces cre­ate a “mod­ern bo­hemian” look to her home.

Hav­ing cho­sen a clas­sic neu­tral pal­ette through­out, Is­abella ad­mits she doesn’t of­ten use colour, pre­fer­ring to let tex­tures and lay­er­ing cre­ate the in­ter­est.

A ca­noe from Africa’s Zam­bezi River re­gion makes a cre­ative side­board in the for­mal liv­ing area (left); Is­abella Pat­ter­son (above) de­scribes her look as “mod­ern bo­hemian”.

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