Tara Den­nis takes you on a tour of her home­wares store

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tara joined BHG TV over 12 years ago, find­ing it easy to fit in. “Ev­ery­one is so pas­sion­ate about what they do, and when we’re to­gether it’s amaz­ing what we can achieve,” she says.

IN THE BE­GIN­NING

A love for in­te­rior de­sign evolved nat­u­rally for Tara Den­nis, as her par­ents were keen ren­o­va­tors. She and her broth­ers grew up strip­ping wall­pa­per and watch­ing them build, paint and work on the gar­den. “I thought all fam­i­lies were like this,” she says. Years later when she worked in Lon­don, aged 17, she took classes in paint fin­ishes and be­came a dab hand at rag-rolling and mar­bling (yep, it was the ’80s!). In fact, she ended up work­ing for a global paint com­pany, which even­tu­ally led to work­ing in TV.

LIFE AND STYLE

Tara’s new love is her home­wares shop in Wahroonga, Syd­ney. “I never planned to be a shop­keeper!” she says. “It’s one of those things you think as a kid: ‘that’d be fun’. It’s ac­tu­ally the hard­est thing I’ve ever done but also the most en­joy­able.” Tara al­ways had an itch to make things and, see­ing gaps in the mar­ket, started to de­sign her own line. The stylish dis­plays in her shop clearly demon­strate one of Tara’s tal­ents – cre­at­ing gor­geous vi­gnettes. And, never one to un­der­es­ti­mate the value of ac­ces­sories, she’ll tell you the se­cret to ty­ing to­gether a room is through the use of art­work, cush­ions and flow­ers. Visit ta­raden­nis­store.com

1, 3 Tara and hus­band Mar­tyn have been to­gether for 23 years and live with son Harry. Her daugh­ter, Avalon, lives overseas and is the shop’s communications man­ager.2 She loves us­ing pops of am­ber and gold to high­light neu­trals and black ac­cents.4 The close-knit com­mu­nityof Wahroonga is close to Tara’s heart and she’s de­vel­oped some spe­cial re­la­tion­ships there.5 Packed shelves prove the power of cush­ions, says Tara!

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